Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

What No One Ever Tells You About Costa Rica

Beaker and I spent one week in paradise, called Costa Rica. We had only six days to spare in this country, and because of the time shortage we settled in one location – Manuel Antonio. I am not going to write about Manuel Antonio. You can google it.

All I am going to say is the following:

Manuel Antonio is a very small place by the ocean.
It is very humid.
It is surrounded by jungles.
It is home to monkeys, lizards, bull frogs, sloths, and a lot of homeless dogs.

It is a place where you can relax, swim in the warm ocean, learn how(…)

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The 17th Yakezie Blog Swap Roundup

Welcome to the 17th Yakezie Blog Swap. This time my fellow bloggers and I shared our Best Budget Travel Tips. As always, I was amazed at what people came up with and shared. Please check out the different tips below on how you too can save money while travelling:

One Cent at A Time shares with us 8 Green Travel Tips at Sustainable Life Blog.

Pinch That Penny talks about Saving on Travelling and Having Fun Getting There at Odd Cents.

Meal Plan Rescue tells us to Eat Local, Wherever You Are at The Frugal Toad.

Narrow Bridge Finance discusses How I Eat Locally Everywhere.

Thirty Six Months shares The Best Budget Travel(…)

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The Best Travel Secret Ever? Off-Peak Travel.

This post is part of Yakezie blog swap #17. Members of the Yakezie Personal Finance Blogging Network pair up and exchange guest postings on a common topic. The topic of this blog swap was to discuss the best budget travel idea. Jana is the owner and writer of Daily Money Shot, a personal finance site (and one of my favorite blogs!) that discusses money at the intersection of life, family, pop culture and everything in between. If you are interested in what I had to say about budget travel, make sure to visit Daily Money Shot. I am talking about how to be food wise when travelling! 

There are two(…)

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What I Did Right and Wrong in 2011

Looking at 2011, I can say that I’ve accomplished a few things (I am not going to talk about any salary increase because there was none) and failed at some.
What I did right in 2011
Family
In 2011 I finally got to see my grandmother. She is 86 years old. I did not see her for about six years! I had to admit to myself that it might be my last time seeing her. So, instead of choosing a trip to some warm and exotic place , Beaker and I travelled  to cold and rainy Lithuania to spend time with my grandmother.(…)

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Time Out in the USSR

When I found out that my English friend, Ian Davies, whom you have already met in his post  Austerity Today, visited the USSR back in a day, I got very excited. I wanted to hear all about his experience and asked him to write another guest post. Imagine my excitement when Ian agreed! You can read more in Ian’s book Gorbachev: The Rise and Fall of a Hero.

My most interesting travel experience was a visit to the then Soviet Union – Gobachev’s Russia. Having been advised already not to take any photographs at Moscow airport, I disembarked the plane to walk(…)

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Under Beaker’s Microscope: an American in Europe

Beaker, my husband, starts a new monthly series called Under Beaker’s Microscope.  Not so long ago I asked him to write a post on how it feels for an American to visit Europe. He wrote. When I read it, I was not sure how to react. I leave it up to you! Enjoy and don’t take anything personally.

I was born and raised in the United States.  For most of my life I did not travel anywhere which is sad because

I have always wanted to travel and see the world. Reading about culture and history is fine. But, actually being there and(…)

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The Most Expensive Six Hour Layover I Ever Had

In September Beaker, my husband, and I traveled to Lithuania, the country where I was born, raised and lived till the tender age of 26. We flew American Airlines all the way from Salt Lake City to Helsinki, Finland. There we had a six hour layover before getting on a small Finnair plane to fly to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and my home town.

Arriving to Helsinki at 8:00 AM local time (about two o’clock in the morning Salt Lake City time) meant the following:

 - a foggy head from jet lag;

 - exhaustion from a long nine-hour flight;

 - slight dehydration (not(…)

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