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Our trip to Europe is booked!

by Karen on November 17, 2009

The plan was to book our trip to Europe in January. But I started shopping around, and I found an amazing deal this month. I talked with a friend of mine (an expert in London travel who runs the Anglotopia blog). He said in his experience tickets aren’t likely to get much lower than this. […]

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Countdown to Europe: 6 months

by Karen on November 5, 2009

We’ve been planning for our trip to Europe for months now, but we’re down to about 6 and a half months until the trip. Since we’ll be moving about 3 weeks before we take off, I’m getting organized now to ensure everything goes smoothly. Here’s what we’re doing in the next month to prepare: Make […]

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Overseas transaction fees give me a headache

by Karen on September 8, 2009

We’re not going to start booking until January at the earliest, but right now we’re doing a lot of research for our trip to Europe in May. That means we’re tracking airfare, putting together a loose itinerary, and researching the logistical aspects of traveling to another country. One of the biggest headaches of traveling to […]

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Winding down from a wonderful vacation

by Karen on August 18, 2009

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We’re home after a marathon 10-day trip to Indiana to see family and friends. Ten days, three cities, 2,000 miles, babies, puppies, family … we’re absolutely exhausted. Above: Howie and Abby, my sister-in-law’s beagle puppy, take a brief break from their constant wrestling. As we drove home, I found myself dreading the budget breakdown that […]

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Traveling with pets without losing your mind

by Karen on August 13, 2009

This week on our vacation to Indiana to visit family and friends, we brought our dog Howie along for the ride. Our families were both happy to accommodate him, and he’d rather be with us than back home in a kennel. But bringing a dog along on vacation comes with a long list of hassles. […]

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Another frugal road trip

by Karen on August 6, 2009

After our harrowing experience in Washington D.C. last week, we’re both a little nervous to get back on the road. But we’re heading up north to see our families for the next week! Tony starts school again week after next, so this is our last chance to make a trip to see family until Christmas. […]

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Photo by stevenvanwel A few weeks ago, Tony and I started doing the math to see if it would be possible to stay in Europe for two months. We decided to think about it, see if we could save the money, and go from there. After looking at all of our options, we’ve decided to […]

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For the past few days, Tony and I have been going over an idea that might be completely insane. I’ve written a lot about our plan for a two-week vacation in Europe next May. Both of us always wished we’d taken the opportunity to study abroad in college, and this vacation seemed like the next […]

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Our frugal anniversary trip

by Karen on May 26, 2009

View from the Top of Cape Hatteras This weekend, we planned to celebrate our first anniversary with a weekend getaway to Charleston, SC. Since we’re working toward so many financial goals, we didn’t want to spend much money on this trip. However, it wasn’t quite as frugal as it could have been. With a $100 […]

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