The time I spent more

I’m not frugal all the time. This week, I received a notification from Mint that I exceeded my travel budget. I didn’t even know that I have a travel budget. I also don’t have a budget. I will continue to spend my money for things that brings me joy. We recently went on a trip to sunny Los Angeles. The trip was not cheap. In total, I spent $1,025.26 in one weekend. This is a considerable amount given that the trip was short and domestic. I paid for the hotel overlooking the marina, rented a car and feast on seafood. […]

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A moment in paradise – Why I spend money traveling

My favorite hobby by far is traveling. In fact, I get this urge to visit the airport if I’ve been in one place for more than 3 months. I used to travel almost every week for 3 straight months for work. It was exhausting, but I enjoyed it at the time. I still travel for work, but I try to limit it to once a year. It’s no longer as glamorous as it sound, but I still enjoy traveling for fun. One of my favorite trip was way back in 2010 and again in 2013. It seems like a long […]

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How travel keeps me humble

I was hit by a travel bug ever since I spent 6 months studying in the Netherlands. From then on, I made sure that I prioritize travel from my budget. Knowing different people from different backgrounds got me hook. It was not necessarily the place or the architecture or the drama or the food (ok maybe some food) that excites me when I travel. It’s the chance to glimpse a way of living that is totally unknown to me. Living abroad I was born and raise on another country before settling here in the pacific northwest. College gave me a […]

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Travel cheap by extending a business trip

I had an opportunity to travel for work for a week and decided to extend it and travel personally. Combining business and pleasure is the cheapest way to travel. If you have an opportunity go for it! I travel quite a bit and don’t mind if it’s my biggest expense for the year. Since I know that this hobby can be expensive, I try to find ways to travel cheap. Here’s one example. I spent 5 days in Lisbon and it cost me 337.93 USD Obviously, the biggest saving is the cost of the flight. I could have save even […]

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Pro and Con – Traveling for work

I used to travel a lot and I mean a LOT. Back in the days, there were months when I’m in the airport every Monday and go home every Thursday. I can recognize the voice of the pilot and the flight attendant remembers my drinks. I used to not mind it, after all, I don’t have any obligation at home, living in a cheap room at the time and started earning miles and hotel points that I used for my vacation. It went on for 5 years and then all of a sudden, I do mind it. Pros — I had […]

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European Vacation Cost for 2 weeks

I got back from Europe a month ago and haven’t really had the chance to write post. First of, the trip was awesome. We visited 5 different cities in a span of 14 days. We went to Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich. My sister and I called this a castle tour. It was very hectic but fun. I just felt that I needed some rest after that vacation. Berlin was our first stop. After arriving at Tegel International Airport, we took the bus to our hotel on the West side of Berlin. As I expected, we got lost from […]

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