Travel Expenses

The Cost of Losing a Passport: The Tangible Losses and Intangible Gains

Discovering that you have lost your passport while in another country and with an impending deadline for an enormous feature can make you feel as if there is a mass of trumpets screaming inside your head. The guilt from your Chinese upbringing and 12 years of Catholic education only deepen your urge to crawl into a hole.

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Taking a Different Flight in Exchange for a Voucher

On changing your travel plans in exchange for a voucher.

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How Long-Term Travelers With Loans Do Money

Southeast Asia is so cheap. There was one day when we each had three meals, snacks, smoothies, and coffee, and we took a four-hour train ride, and we only spent $15. There’s nowhere else in the world where you can do that.

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The Cost of Vacation, Part 5: Adding Everything Up

For what it’s worth, I spent the equivalent of nearly one month’s earnings on a thirteen-day trip.

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The Cost of Vacation, Part 4: NYC

So how much did I spend to travel to The Billfold Live? Let’s add up the numbers.

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The Cost of Vacation, Part 3: Perfume and Makeup

Why do we buy things when we are feeling sad, or pensive, or thoughtful, or stuck in a brain loop about our own abilities? Because we want to treat ourselves, maybe. Because we want to be worth more than our current opinion of ourselves. Because sometimes a new idea, even if it is just a whiff of liquid praline, frees us from the place where we are stuck.

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The Cost of Vacation, Part 2: Transportation

Leaving out the cost of traveling on a cruise ship, which is also bundled up with “eating on a cruise ship” and “sleeping on a cruise ship,” I spent $841.43 on transportation during my 13-day trip to New York, Florida, and back.

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The Cost of Vacation, Part 1: Adult Beverages

I spent $285.65 on cruise booze.

This figure represents 27 drinks, 21 of which were purchased for me and six of which were purchased for friends.

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Agonizing About Vacation Expenditures

It is hilarious that I am spending thousands of dollars on this vacation and quibbling with myself about how many $10 cocktails I can afford

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