Monday, August 22, 2011


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?  

Reminder:
 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

Sherry

39 comments:

Goldie said...

Enjoy your trip! I will be going on our first honey moon labor day week to mexico! We also didnt pay full price for a thing!

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip full of lovely and unforgettable moments with your husband!

Tina

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Have a wonderful time Sherry. Great blessings to you both on your second honeymoon.

Richella said...

Oh, Sherry, how exciting! I'm thrilled for you.

Jack and I went to Paris to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We were fortunate that the exchange rate was fairly good when we were traveling--but even so, our trip was expensive. We would have loved to travel Business Class, but those tickets were just too much. I am thrilled for you that are able to use those all those Frequent Flyer miles to pay for so much of your trip!

Have a wonderful time!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How wonderful for you! Enjoy Venice, there is no place else like it!

Gina said...

Have a wonderful trip! Be safe!

Richard Cottrell said...

Have a wonderful.Richard from My Old Historic House.

Pattie said...

Have a beautiful time.... see you when you get back

Sarah said...

Travel safely and have a grand time. Wow, a second honeymoon. That's exciting!

Jacqueline said...

Sherry, have such a wonderful time! I agree with you - we only use credit cards that earn miles and whenever I asked if I want a store's credit card, I say, "No, I have to earn miles!" We have gone everywhere around the world on miles! You enjoy every minute of this fabulous vacation!

Michele Smith said...

Have a fabulous trip! I can't wait to one day travel to Europe with my love.

Liz said...

Sherry, I'm so excited for you! Have a wonderful time with your sweetie. XOXO ~Liz

Meggan of Lila Grace said...

Have a fabulous trip!!! Venice is one of the most romantic wonderful cities. I hope you have the best time!

xoxo
Meggan

The enchanted home said...

Wow you did great Sherry!! Your trip sounds amazing, what a beautiful time to go to Europe. So exciting, have a wonderful time, enjoy all the sights and sounds that only Europe has and of course may you enjoy many a fabulous meal!
Safe travels and cannot wait to hear all about it...bon voyage!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Have a great time! I think traveling is money very well spent!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sherry have a wonderful and safe trip!! Can't wait to hear all about it! Martina

Gina said...

Venice, my favorite city, a great destination for a first and for a 2nd honeymoon. We will be there next month. We fly Business class but had to pay full price for one of the tickets this year. A trip to Europe each year is our reward for working so hard the rest of the year.
Have a wonderful and safe trip Sherry.
Gina (Art and Alfalfa

French Basketeer.com said...

Have a fantastic trip, Sherry~ you know I am with you, cut those travel costs, especially hotels. You say they are "free" but you worked very hard all those years with your business, so I say "well-earned!" Please bring us lots and lots of great photos!! Bon voyage~

Stacey said...

Sherry those are good lessons to share with everyone. I am 48 now and my husband is 53. Spending more time together sounds wonderful. Right now we are in full work mode.

Traci said...

It sounds like you will be having a wonderful second honeymoon. I just loved Vience, it was so different from any other place I have been.
Have a great time.
Traci

The Pennington Point said...

Oh Sherry have a WONDERFUL time! I will be keeping you in my prayers and can't wait to "hear" all about it when you get back. Much love! Lisa~

d e l i g h t said...

Sherry, Have a wonderful second honeymoon in Venice! Will miss you while you are gone. I'm so happy for both of you.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sherry,
Hope y'all have a wonderful trip...see ya when you get back in three weeks.

Blessings,
Linda

Low Tide High Style said...

Sherry I hope you have a wonderful trip! I am using frequent flier miles for my trip to Europe next month too...it really does help you save!

Kat :)

Michele Smith said...

Sherry I just wanted to give you a heads up...I will be having a birthday giveaway tomorrow and will have one red checked pillow cover in with the goodies!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Bon Voyage! Your trip sounds great and I'm very envious of your savings!
Best,
Susan

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Have a wonderful 2nd Honeymoon! Safe travels!~Hugs, Patti

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Sherry have a great time, you maybe thrifty, but you know what is important!

Carol

Traci said...

Have a wonderful time on your 2nd Honeymoon! How exciting!

Debra said...

Have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear all about it. Like you, I am pretty thrifty (my hubby calls it cheap). I feel there is no reason at all to pay full price for almost anything.
Have fun!!

Karena said...

Sherry how exciting I remember my travels with my late husband as some of the most cherished memories ever!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

Wishing you and your husband a wonderful trip. Being able to travel is one of life's greatest luxuries! x Sharon

Rose H (UK) said...

Congratulations on your second honeymoon! Have a wonderful time :o)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

May it be the trip of a lifetime.

Traveling is the luxury in our home as well. :)

Laurie Blaswich said...

Hi Sherry,
Wishing you many terrific memories. I cannot wait to hear all about your fab trip, how lucky you are. I haven't had the chance to visit Europe yet!

Ciao,
Laurie

Blue Creek Home said...

What fun. I know it is a great feeling to see your years of planning come to fruition and start seeing the benefits from all that hard work. Now it's time to play hard for a while!!! Enjoy and be safe.
Rhonda

Honey at 2805 said...

Have a wonderful second honeymoon!

Like you , I am a huge believer in air miles!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Bon voyage! I can't wait to read all about your trip. :D

Tanya Anurag said...

Have a happy and save journey, Sherry!

There is nothing better than enjoying luxuries at discounted rates :) Have fun!