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October 2016



My First AirBnb Experience

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Despite my uncomfortable first AirBnb experience, I do want to try it again sometime.Ever since I learned that FinCon16 would be in San Diego, clear back during FinCon15 in case you were wondering, I had an itch to make a “vacation” out my trip.

FinCon by itself is pretty fun, but since I’d never  been to California before, I wanted to stay a couple of extra days to experience the city even more. Thus, I twisted the arms of Erin and Chonce and the three of us decided to stay a couple of extra days in San Diego before flying home.

Normally, I would have looked for a cheap hotel but after hearing about AirBnb from many of my blogger friends, I decided it was time to try it. Plus, it was a good time to try it out as I’d be with a group, not by myself, and Erin has actually done AirBnb a few times.

Don’t let that pretty photo on the left fool you, my first AirBnb experience was not exactly amazing. But that’s part of why I wanted to tell you about it.




October 2016



Why I Finally Set Up a Travel Savings Fund

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Now that I have travel on my mind more often, I finally decided to set up a travel savings fund earlier this year.Travel has been on my radar more than ever after I quit my job, went to FinCon15, and decided on some places I wanted to travel this year.

It’s just so much easier to travel now that I’m self employed. I don’t have to request time off, make sure I have enough vacation time saved up, etc.

The only downside I’ve found while trying to travel now is that I have to work like a crazy person beforehand to get ahead. And I can’t go anywhere without my computer. I tried it once for a weekend trip and I felt like I had left behind my left arm. (Yes, left arm since I am left-handed.)

But the point is, now that I have travel on my mind more often, I finally decided to set up a travel savings fund earlier this year.




August 2016



3 Must-See Sites to Experience by Motorcycle

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motorcycle-1181876_640There’s nothing quite as thrilling as riding your dream bike on the open road in the most scenic parts of the country. If you’re planning a motorcycle trip, be sure to check out the following three must-see sites that can only be truly appreciated while on a bike:

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Whether you like mountain climbing or not, the backdrop formed by the iconic Great Smoky Mountains as you ride along Blue Ridge Parkway is breathtaking. This route should be on every motorcyclist’s bucket-list.

The highway is well maintained and runs through the northern section of North Carolina and Virginia. Its winding curves are sure to test your riding skills as the beautiful scenery sweeps past. The compulsory speed limit of 45 miles per hour allows you time to savor the sites without feeling like you’re holding up traffic.

The entire 459-mile trip could take two days. If you want to extend your ride, you can take the Skyline Drive which stretches for 105 miles through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.

Pacific Coast Highway to Morro Bay

Any motorcycle rider worth their salt has already taken a trip along this highway or plans to do so in the future. The scenic highway is like no other in North America. It makes up part of California’s Big Sur coastal highway section.

The highway is full of wonderful sites to behold and the curves will keep your skills tested right to the end of the trip. The road hangs like a ribbon right on the edge of the cliff for 120 miles. The frequent turnouts will give way to stellar views.

The highway extends for most of the coast of California and beyond, and is a popular route on summer weekends.

Peak to Peak Highway

At barely 60 miles, this trip may not be as long as many popular motorcycle routes but it offers some of the finest scenery and the most sensational riding that you can get on any American highway. You’ll find yourself breathless when you encounter the Rocky Mountain backdrop as you navigate the twists and turns of this highway. The road leads right through valleys cut by glaciers before it switches into thick forests.

Preparing for your motorcycle trip

Now that you’re all excited about your motorcycle trip, it’s important to that you’re adequately prepared for what lies ahead. The following tips will make for a safe trip:

1. Get the best motorcycle insurance

Riding a motorcycle is risky business no matter how experienced you are. Accidents do happen. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 4,692 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in 2013 and 4,586 in 2014.

Prepare for your trip by getting the best possible motorcycle insurance. You can quickly compare motorcycle insurance online using companies like CoverHound to get a pulse on the best deals from trusted carriers.

2. Prepare your motorcycle

Inspect your motorcycle and give her a tune-up before you leave for your trip. Refer to your owner’s manual or opt for a professional to give it a look. Preparing your bicycle is vital for your safety on the road.

3. Get the right safety gear

Be sure to wear proper safety gear when on the road. The NHTSA 2008 report showed that helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing riders from suffering brain injuries and 37 percent effective in preventing deaths to passengers and riders during accidents.

4. Bring only what you need

Pack light and bring only what you really need. Distribute the weight of your load to provide balance. Keep the heavy items low in order to lower the bike’s center of gravity.

Most importantly, enjoy your trip and be sure to enjoy the sights and sounds. A motorcycle trip can be freeing and fulfilling when you’re well prepared.



February 2016



How to Save Money on Your Next Flight

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Traveling cross country and looking to save money? Tested and proven ways to save money on your next cross country flight!

Hey all! I’m in New Jersey right now visiting my girl Cat, so I thought it’d be appropriate to share some tips so you can save money in case you decide to fly across the country to visit one of your internet friends too. 🙂

Getting ready to go on a trip is always an exciting time. You start counting down the weeks and days until you leave, and you begin planning out all your activities from the second you land until the time you depart. However, in the midst of excitement, the time to buy plane tickets comes and all of a sudden, the cost of travel quickly sinks in.  Nevertheless, there’s no need to second-guess your decision to travel. Follow these tips and you’ll not only save money, but also be on your way to a relaxing vacation in no time.




December 2015



Why I’m Traveling More in 2016 (even though I still have debt)

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In 2016, I'm going to be traveling more! Don't think someone in debt should travel? Here's why I think you should - and why I am!

I still have debt to pay off and I definitely haven’t forgotten about it. In fact, I’m currently working with a financial coach to get a more solid plan and achievable goals put in place for this next year. But I’m not going to let my debt slow me down in 2016. I’m going to work hard to pay it off, build my savings, but I’m also going to do more traveling.

Yep, that’s right. Even though I have a lot of financial goals in place regarding paying off debt and building savings, I’m also going to be doing a lot more traveling. Why? I’m glad you asked!




November 2015



4 Top Tips For Planning A European Vacation

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European vacations are one of the most rewarding but costly events that you can arrange for the family. With this guide you can plan and book your vacation stress free in advance then go ahead with enjoying your getaway without having to worry about the budget. All it takes is some research, compromise and clever thinking!




October 2015



5 Reasons Not To Skip Prague In Your Eurotrip

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6694703661_6de4821a46Prague city breaks have become increasingly popular, with large numbers of tourists visiting the Czech capital every year. It’s one of the best-preserved historic cities in Europe with plenty of attractions, world-renowned night life, and exceptional cuisine. If you’re planning a Eurotrip, here’s some of the main reason’s you’ll want to include Prague in your itinerary.

It’s Cheap

Considering it’s one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, it’s surprisingly affordable to enjoy a few days in Prague. The Czech currency is weak compared to the euro and dollar whilst competition amongst hotels and bars is fierce. This is great news for visitors. You won’t need much spending money to enjoy everything the city has to offer. You can expect to pay up to as much as 50% less compared with other cities such as Paris and Rome.

There’s Plenty to See

Spend a day exploring the winding streets of the city’s historic center, Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can marvel at the 600-year-old astronomical clock and the two magnificent churches, Baroque Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. There’s also the charming Jewish Quarter and endless boutique shops and cafes nestled alongside former palaces.

Another must-see attraction is Prague Castle which overlooks the city from its hilltop location. Dating back to the 9thcentury, it’s believed to be the largest ancient castle in the world. You can take a walking tour stopping at other attractions such as the museum and art gallery.

You can Indulge in the Comfort Food

The hearty Czech cuisine is perfectly suited for an autumn or winter break. Meat lovers can rejoice with delicious beef and pork dishes usually served with steaming dumplings, cabbage and finished with a creamy sauce. Another local favorite, known as Smažený Sýr is a cheese-based dish which is fried and served with chips. One of the best restaurants in the city, U Kroka serves up these culinary delights alongside a fine selection of wines.

You can Sample the World Famous Beer

Lager is taken very seriously in Prague with an endless choice of craft and world-famous beers such as Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen. You can visit one of the local breweries or spend an afternoon at a beer museum which offers over 30 beers on tap. There’s even a beer spa where you can enjoy a variety of pampering treatments, including a relaxing soak in a beer filled bath.

Experience the Legendary Nightlife

Famed for its entertainment, Prague has become well-known for offering the best nightlife in central Europe. There are heaps of underground cellar bars which can be found in the Old Town. With a unique cave-like atmosphere, you can enjoy live music long into the early hours. There are also many clubs hosting international DJ’s and themed parties. Chapeau Rouge is one such establishment which stays open late and has different levels playing a variety of music.

Be sure to pay a visit to Prague whilst on a Eurotrip. You can expect an unforgettable experience.

Photo courtesy of: Davidlohr Bueso