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Budget Travel

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I’m not knocking luxury

by Karen on August 25, 2010

So. Hmm. That last post was a little misunderstood, I think. Let me clarify. I’m not saying I don’t indulge in life’s luxuries. My husband and I didn’t choose to live frugally so we could sit in an empty room counting all of the money we’ve saved. We chose to life frugally, count every penny, […]

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Lessons learned after 2 weeks overseas

by Karen on June 2, 2010

Before I share the fun stuff about our trip, I thought I’d share some of the financial lessons we learned on the trip. We planned ahead, and we did a lot of things right. But we also made some mistakes. If you have a smartphone, turn off data roaming. Luckily, I knew about this one […]

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Can I tell you how excited I am that our trip is now absolutely, completely booked? Because I am SO excited. Everything is booked, paid for, and all of our travel documents are compiled together in a neat little stack on the bookshelf. The last thing we booked? Tickets to see Les Miserables in London. […]

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Tips for a happier, healthier cruise

by Karen on March 10, 2010

This past weekend we took a three-night cruise to the Bahamas. There were a lot of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t discourage you from trying it for yourself. It’s definitely an economical way to travel, and even though I don’t think I’ll do another cruise in the future, I definitely recommend it to those […]

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We’re back after a relaxing weekend at sea, but I have to say, after experiencing it? I don’t know if cruises are for me. It could be that we just had a bad experience with Royal Caribbean, but for a number of reasons, I can’t say I’ll ever do another cruise. Here’s the rundown of […]

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On your mark, get set …

by Karen on March 4, 2010

Tomorrow afternoon, we set sail for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. I so need some sunshine and relaxation. Taking time off from my day job was easy. Unfortunately, taking time off from my own to-do list, worries, and work isn’t so easy. It’s been months since we took real time off to relax, and […]

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Tips for applying for your passport

by Karen on January 19, 2010

We’re setting sail for our cruise to the Bahamas in 44 days, which means we’ll need our passports much sooner than we originally anticipated for our trip to Europe in May. I already planned to take care of that this month, but booking our cruise really pushed me to do it sooner rather than later. […]

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The end of the holiday season was particularly bittersweet for me. We’re moving and taking a trans-Atlantic vacation in 120 days, and it’s finally time for me to start doing all the things I’ve been putting off until “after the holidays.” It’s so exciting, but overwhelming, too. I’ve been breaking everything down month-by-month to make […]

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Europe Update: 5 months to go

by Karen on December 3, 2009

Now that we’ve booked our trip, there’s not a lot for us to do this month. Our flight is booked, and we’ve chosen our hotels. Our travel dates are set, and we’ve paid for the trip. It’s been almost a month since we booked the trip, and I only have one regret so far: I […]

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