When I was an undergrad studying abroad on the tightest budget imaginable, my pals (who were also on tight budgets) and I did what a lot of young people do in similar situations: We stayed in hostels, ate street food, and did a lot of walking. When we decided to visit Venice, we stayed at a campsite nearby and took a ferry over; the facilities were minimal, it was hot and humid as heck, but it was also cheap as heck and that’s all that mattered to us.
“Driving for UberX isn’t the worst-paying job I’ve ever had. I made less scooping ice cream as a 15-year-old, if you don’t adjust for inflation.”
Amazon has quietly entered the online travel agent space that’s currently occupied by giants like Booking.com, Airbnb and Expedia, which acquired Orbitz earlier this February.
We stayed in what was supposed to be a small hotel but ended up being a trailer on someone’s horse farm.
I never knew that a mutual fund was a company (I thought it was a collection of stocks and other investments presented in a package to provide growth and moderate risk to a personal investor). I never knew a mutual fund could invest in an airline.
There is an option, sometimes, like on an airline like Delta, where you can buy “trip extras” in advance. I always buy the Wi-Fi passes ahead of time because they’re $16, rather than $34 if you’re buying them during your flight. For $15, you can buy a “priority boarding” pass, which allows you to be one of the first passengers on the plane, giving you early access to the overhead bins and allowing you ample time to get comfortable in your seat.
I often have a hard time rectifying my anxiety with my frugality.
When I first moved into my current house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital, my roommate had recently become a godmother to four puppies.
My sisters and I decided to go to Miami one night, sitting in my living room while watching “Property Brothers” and arguing over whose turn it was to get up and get the chips from the kitchen. We had never been on a trip together, alone, and it was the only time that we had the funds to do so. The excuse was Shaina’s birthday, but really, after the ceaseless cold, the thought of sitting on a beach with the sun on our faces was too much to resist.
Departure tax: S/.2 each, because Arequipa will not let you leave without a fight
Both of us had elected to stay at a cheap-o Best Western rather than any of the ornate local resorts and that was an A+ decision I would totally make again. Budget hotels give you free wifi and free breakfast! Often, perversely, the more upscale ones do not.