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So I know a little something about travel.
I actually got a late start.
I didn’t leave the country till 6 years ago at the age of 32. And I was immediately addicted.
I’ve traveled to: Mexico (twice), Barbados (twice), Belize, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Dubai, Russia, Italy, Hawaii, Iceland, Paris, St Croix, Turks and Caicos, Freeport (Bahamas) and Half Moon Cay. I also have a couple more trips booked for the year.
How is this possible??? You MUST be rich!
1: I like to budget!
2: I like to stay in my financial lane. I don’t care about the Joneses. I don’t care what kind of car my neighbor drives or what fancy new purse my friend has. Those things aren’t important to me. I know I like to travel! And that’s what I’d rather do with my money.
3: I am very picky with how I spend my money.
4: I’ve learned to say no! I say no to things I don’t love because I know you simply can’t have it all. I also know how to ignore the people who try to tell me how to spend MY money. Sometimes when I tell people I don’t want to do something THEY want to do, I am met with hostility. They spew, “You got the money!” “Why not!” And I say, “You’re right, I do have the money, and that’s not what I want to do with it.” End of discussion!
5: Did I mention I like to budget. I keep a journal. And the first entry in that journal is how much I’ve spent on my credit card. I have a maximum number. And when I reach that number, I stop spending.
6: Google Flights. Google has an amazing flight matrix. You enter your city and destination and the calendar will populate with prices of flights. (I see a few round trip flights to Barbados for $363-some of you give that same amount to comcast in 3 months for cable). (Did you know you can put your cable on hold and use that money for something else?)
7: #LunchStreak. I pack my lunch almost every day. The recipes from Hello Fresh has made this task crazy easy. I am still re-creating the meals from my first box so I really don’t need to order another box. But I will get another box when I’m ready to try something new.
8: Side Hustles! I save my side hustle money for vacations. That money is not touched unless it’s being used to book dat ish!
9: Ask around! I have friends who also travel. I’m in a travel facebook group. When I have questions, I ask!
10: Speaking of ask…I will be going live tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and 6 pm EST to answer your travel questions. I will also share my thoughts on Groupon, All-inclusive and cruises. (I have experience with all 3!)
Please make sure you like my Facebook page and join me tonight (or tomorrow night)!
Did I miss anything? What are your travel tips?
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