Our second honeymoon

by Sherry
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

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39 comments

Goldie August 22, 2011 - 8:51 pm

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!

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[email protected] August 22, 2011 - 8:58 pm

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

Tina

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[email protected] August 22, 2011 - 9:02 pm

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

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Richella August 22, 2011 - 9:03 pm

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!!

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[email protected] Sentimental Life August 22, 2011 - 9:05 pm

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

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Gina August 22, 2011 - 9:10 pm

Have a wonderful trip! Be safe!

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Richard Cottrell August 22, 2011 - 9:20 pm

Have a wonderful.Richard from My Old Historic House.

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Pattie August 22, 2011 - 9:30 pm

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

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Sarah August 22, 2011 - 9:52 pm

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

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Jacqueline August 22, 2011 - 10:00 pm

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!

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Michele Smith August 22, 2011 - 10:00 pm

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

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Liz August 22, 2011 - 10:07 pm

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

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Meggan of Lila Grace August 22, 2011 - 10:17 pm

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

xoxo
Meggan

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The enchanted home August 22, 2011 - 10:20 pm

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!

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Ceekay- Thinkin of Home August 22, 2011 - 10:22 pm

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

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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting August 22, 2011 - 10:41 pm

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

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Gina August 22, 2011 - 10:44 pm

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

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French Basketeer.com August 22, 2011 - 10:49 pm

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~

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Stacey August 22, 2011 - 10:59 pm

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.

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Traci August 22, 2011 - 11:14 pm

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

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The Pennington Point August 22, 2011 - 11:26 pm

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~

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d e l i g h t August 22, 2011 - 11:29 pm

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

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[email protected] Charm August 22, 2011 - 11:39 pm

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

Blessings,
Linda

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Low Tide High Style August 23, 2011 - 12:55 am

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 🙂

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Michele Smith August 23, 2011 - 1:37 am

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!

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Days at Buttermilk Cottage August 23, 2011 - 1:59 am

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

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Crystal Rose Cottage August 23, 2011 - 2:04 am

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

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The Polka Dot Closet August 23, 2011 - 2:24 am

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

Carol

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Traci August 23, 2011 - 2:39 am

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

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Debra August 23, 2011 - 3:56 am

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!!

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Karena August 23, 2011 - 4:06 am

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

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

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Sharon (Roses and Rust) August 23, 2011 - 5:47 am

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

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Rose H (UK) August 23, 2011 - 8:39 am

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

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Laura Ingalls Gunn August 23, 2011 - 1:12 pm

May it be the trip of a lifetime.

Traveling is the luxury in our home as well. 🙂

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Laurie Blaswich August 23, 2011 - 2:25 pm

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

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Blue Creek Home August 23, 2011 - 3:27 pm

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

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Honey at 2805 August 23, 2011 - 7:25 pm

Have a wonderful second honeymoon!

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

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Ricki Jill Treleaven August 28, 2011 - 6:11 pm

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

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Tanya Anurag August 30, 2011 - 4:01 am

Have a happy and save journey, Sherry!

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

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