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Konnichiwa Japan!

Tweet When CB and I were sharing our travel destination dreams, he mentioned that Japan is the one country that he really wants to visit. So… we are visiting the Land of the Rising Sun at the end of June. The whole reason we can afford this trip is because we redeemed our United miles for […]

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Planning a Big European Adventure

Tweet Come July, CB and I will embark on a 3-week, 6-country, multi-city whirlwind tour of Europe (also, what in the world made me think I could resist the allure of international travel?). Our full itinerary winds through England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Poland. I love it when my goals align with what I really love […]

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Honeymoon Spending Summary

Tweet I crunched the numbers, and thanks to credit card sign-on bonuses and miles, we did a 9-day Argentina honeymoon for under $3,000. Flights (international & domestic): $1,200 All spending in Argentina: $1,560.33 This is broken down into: (a) hotels: $220. We stayed at a small hotel in a not-so-good part of town for 4 […]

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Getting Into Credit Card Points & Miles

Tweet It’s funny, just a few years ago I was debating whether I should open a second credit card. Now, I am signing up for cards left and right. OK, that sounds just a tad irresponsible. What I mean is, I am signing up for cards that have good terms and great signing bonuses, while […]

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Travel Planning – the costs add up!

Tweet Do you ever think that you are doing a great job keeping costs down on an upcoming trip, but once you’ve added up everything, you think – wow that’s a lot of money! CB and I are planning a trip to Boston area for me to interview at a business school and then to spend […]

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Staycation Ideas for the Summer

Tweet Why go on vacation when you can have a nice, relaxing, budget-friendly, traffic-easy staycation? Yeah, you tell me. Head on over to LendingTree Blog to check out four of my staycation ideas. Can you have a vacation with all the fun and relaxation of getting away, minus the expenses and logistics of travel? By […]

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Travel = Holy Grail of Personal Finance Spending?

Tweet In the personal finance blogosphere (and among writings by PF experts), there are a few things that fall into the Bad Spending Category and a few that inhabit the Good Spending bubble. Spending $5,000 on a state-of-the-art flatscreen or a Chanel Caviar Flap and spending $5,000 on a trip to Barcelona hits your checking […]

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Don’t Forget Domestic Travel

Tweet International travel is where all the glitz and glamour is, but as the fourth largest country in the world, U.S. offers an amazing array of cultural and geological diversity. I love to go places, but I’ve really neglected seeing different parts of the U.S. In fact, I’ve been to more countries than I have […]

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Paris in the Winter

Tweet Guess who’s going to see Paris, France next year? I am not much for impulsive decisions, but I just impulsively made a decision last night. Now, I shall work diligently to put that impulsive decision into action. It all started with CB and I talking about our honeymoon. We are looking at a wedding […]

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Galapagos Fund at 50%!

Tweet Today marks a milestone: The Galapagos Fund has crossed the $5,000 line. We are officially 1/2 of the way there to our $10,000 goal. I can’t believe it has already been a year since we first started the fund. The $10K goal was daunting from the get-go. When I first wrote about this goal, […]

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Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

Tweet CB and I got our Galapagos Fund (or Account #1234567) set up. Joint accounts don’t appear to offer the option of nicknames. Though we couldn’t name it something fun like “Going to Galapagos,” “Swim with Turtles,” or “Date with Darwin,” a fund by any other name is just as money! It truly is great […]

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