We leave tomorrow for our second honeymoon and I am so excited to get this trip started!
In a recent post I said I would tell you how WE are able to travel cheap. Cheap may not have been the right word to use because there is NOTHING cheap about travel to Europe now.
Here is how we travel economically.
Steve and I were self employed for twenty five years in the mortgage/financial industry and our clients were located all over the United States. It was not unusual for us to be in three states in one week or flying from Florida to California each week. We probably averaged three hundred days a year traveling. It wasn't an easy way to make a living but we did this to secure a comfortable retirement.
You can imagine the airlines, hotels and rental car rewards we have accumulated. Over the years we have put these rewards to good use in twenty two countries and this is how we are able to do our upcoming trip on a budget.
Here is a breakdown of our savings.
Two business class airline seats = Free
Five nights Hilton Venice luxury room = Free
One Night Marriott Venice airport = Free
11 night Cruise
Savings of $400 by monitoring Internet sales and then using AARP card.
Total saving of $10,800
Yes, there are still meals and souvenirs to buy, tips to be paid and many miscellaneous cost associated with a trip abroad.
. We don't drive expensive cars, rarely eat at fancy restaurants and designer clothes are not our thing. You'll find no original art, valuable antiques or high-end electronics in our home. If you are a regular reader of my blog then you already know I rarely pay full price for anything I am the first to admit I am THRIFTY!
Traveling is our luxury.
Our trips allow me to spend quality time with the man I love doing the thing that makes us the happiest. The memories we have created are priceless and I wouldn't trade even one day for all the luxuries in the world.
I'll be back in three weeks with a giveaway...maybe something from Italy or Greece?
Ann at On Sutton Place will be hosting the Open House Party in my absence. Please join her on 8/24, 8/31 and 9/7 . Thanks Ann!
arrivederci and avt'io