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Traveling On A Budget

Let’s be real. Traveling costs money, sometimes a lot of money. I think a lot of people are confused at how we are able to travel so much. I’ve gotten creative over the years and discovered that it’s possible to go to exotic, fun places on a small budget. I utilize these tips every time including mine and Emma Grace’s excursion to Greece last Summer. We spent 10 days in Greece, seeing 3 of the islands, and only spent $2500 for food, accommodation, flights, excursions, and shopping for 2 people!

  1. Prioritize what’s important to you. Is it accommodation? Experiences? Food? This will help you focus on where you want to spend your money. Ours is always experiences and food!
  2. Plan ahead and book early. Flights and accommodation can fill up, especially in peak travel seasons. Booking early can ensure you get the most discounted prices.
  3. Search for coupon codes before booking. I always do a quick Google search for a coupon code before I hit book. An extra 10% here and there can add up.
  4. Join air mile programs. This is how I booked our air travel to Greece, by saving up air miles. Just look for how long miles last. For example…Delta’s miles never expire. American Airlines miles last a year and a half past the most recent activity date.
  5. If you’re responsible with credit cards, use them to pay for your daily expenses. I say this with caution, as this may not be the best fit for everyone. Know yourself and what you can handle. We utilize 2 different kinds of credit cards…one where we get cash back and one where we get air miles. We pay them off every month, so I feel it’s like we’re getting free travel and free money!
  6. If you’re traveling internationally, definitely use a no international fees credit card. You will get the best exchange rate with a card vs. cash. Just do your research and use one that doesn’t charge international fees!
  7. Research restaurants before you travel. I like to do this because, 1. It gives me an idea of price, 2. I don’t have to waste time while I’m on my trip trying to find places to eat, and 3. I can get an idea of whether it’s good or not before spending my money there. On our Greece trip, we did one nice restaurant on each island. The rest of the time we pretty much ate gyros!
  8. Look up per diem rates to help you budget for your trip. Per diem rates can be super helpful to give you an idea of what you might expect to spend, especially if you’re traveling overseas.

In addition to these tips, I utilize programs like Swagbucks where you can get points and cash them in for PayPal cash. You can also get cash back through Swagbucks for shopping at certain retailers (including travel booking sites). When I do this and pay with my credit cards, it’s like a double bonus!

Here’s to your next adventure!

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helping kids overcome obstacles in school


Has your child ever encountered obstacles in school or learning? I know my kids have. When the going gets hard, our natural instinct is to give up. When Joshua, our 14 year old, encountered difficulty in his Afrikaans class (one of the 11 national languages of South Africa), we learned a lot about how to help him through the process. Please join me over at Tommy Nelson and join the conversation there!

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london tips

Tips for Visiting London

London is a great place to visit, but as with any place, it’s nice to have some tips from someone who has been there. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Over at Petit Elefant, I’ve listed some tips that might prove useful for the time when you visit this great city!

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here we are, texas

How cute is she. Texas, see you tomorrow.

Well, we’re here in the great state of Texas. We landed a week ago, and it has felt like a whirlwind already. Today is the first day I’ve sat down and tried to respond to emails and think. Combine jetlag with culture shock, and you’ve got yourself a nice helping of brain fog. I find myself looking into a car to see where the steering wheel is so I know which side to get in on. I’ve also tried several times to turn the bathroom light on from the outside of the bathroom (there’s no plug outlets or light switches inside a bathroom in SA). It’s so funny the things you get used to.

Isn’t my girl too cute? She packed more stuff than any of us. We told her she had to carry her own stuff and amazingly, she did. She looks just like her daddy toting around her guitar. If you need any helpful tips for packing for a trip, I’ve got you covered over at Petit Elefant.

Happy Tuesday!