Category: Frugal Travel

Havana Ooh Na-Na

Havana Ooh Na-Na

Both halves of my heart will be in Havana, Cuba in September.  The Wanderer and I will be joining Physician on FIRE’s pre-FinCon cruise before heading to Orlando for FinConFeel free to join in on the fun.  You could even travel hack and “sail for free” since most travel credit cards label “Cruise” as travel.  I’ve never been on a cruise before, but I’m definitely looking forward to it!

Details: the Royal Caribbean cruise departs from Tampa, Florida at 4pm on Saturday, September 22nd and returns Wednesday, September 26th at 7am.  The stops are Key West, Florida on Sunday and Havana, Cuba on Monday.

Thoughts on Resorts and Theme Parks

Thoughts on Resorts and Theme Parks

I’m a huge advocate for exploring the local culture when you travel and getting away from the tourist traps, including resorts and theme parks.  Going out to explore gives you a chance to see how people live and learn about humanity.  However, I also really enjoy visiting resorts and attractions close to me.  The trick is to minimize spending and maximize fun.

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Tips for Traveling Solo

Tips for Traveling Solo

I genuinely enjoy traveling alone.  It allows me complete control over every aspect of my trip, including date flexibility for maximum trip-planning frugality, the experiences I have, and the option to spend exactly the amount I’m making from my weekend of house hacking.  I am better able to maximize spending for my personal happiness, even though there is no one to “cost-share” with.  If I’m not enjoying an activity, it’s OK to just move on.  I can go to bed and wake up when I want to, and I’m the one who sets the pace of the day.  I don’t have to wait around for my companion to get ready or pack up.  It’s a chance to really learn about new cultures since I’m focused on the world around me instead of my companion.  I actually find it easier to blend in with the crowd.  It makes the trip so much more personal, and it’s immensely satisfying to know you don’t have to rely on anyone else to get where you want to go.

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Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Living in a house has always been my preferred lifestyle choice, and getting paid to live in my house is even better.  When I moved down from Michigan, I had already been researching my area for 8 months.  The houses were extremely expensive, so I intended to get roommates to help with the cost initially and figured a partner could split the cost with me later.  The roommates turned out to be a disaster, and only brought in $1200/month anyway, so I decided a change was needed.  I tried hosting in my house for AirBnB in June, and found that it was far preferable to roommates, so I invested in the necessities to turn it into a solid business.

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Barcelona, Catalonia or Spain?

Barcelona, Catalonia or Spain?

Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia, may not be part of Spain much longer.  Throughout our entire trip, we saw peaceful protesters throughout the city who want Catalonia to become its own country and who were pushing for a referendum.  A vote was declared illegal by Spain.  They held one anyway this past weekend, which led to police raiding the polling stations to seize ballot boxes and remove voters and left 850 injured.  We were thankful that we weren’t a part of the violence while we were there just a week before, but it was a great reminder to always be alert when traveling.

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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

The history behind the city of Rome is fascinating, and layers upon layers make up its story.  Everything was so walk-able, and there were so many free things for travelers to do and see.  The food was delicious.  I was taken aback when I saw just how much wealth was centered in the Vatican City, but it was definitely impressive to see firsthand.  Seeing the sprawling wealth gave me a deeper understanding of our world’s financial inequality.

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