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My Almost Free Summer Vacation

One of my goals for this year was to take a two week trip. While our recent vacation wasn’t quite that long, we did get 10 days, so I’m counting that as a pass. My main goal for this vacation was to get it for free by using a combination of airline vouchers , credit card rewards points, frequent flier miles, gift card bonuses, and by selling our stuff. My smaller goal was to avoid paying for valet parking or cab fares. I hate both!  I’m happy to say that we pulled it off, and it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. We took planes, trains, and automobiles, and here’s my experiences with all of them. Getting to Seattle We flew in to Seattle and took the sweet Link Light Rail into downtown for something like $7. I love easy and cheap public transportation!  After some brief disorientation (think country mice go to the city), we found our hotel, which by a miracle my excellent planning was within a mile of everything we wanted to see. We walked around the waterfront, ate some great fish and chips, went to the aquarium, rode the ferry, and our Seattle ...

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In The Summer I Spend the Most Money on Vacations-$480 Giveaway

Many of my regular readers already know that I love to travel. I grew up in a family that never wanted to go much further than the grocery store. I’m not sure where the bug came from, but I’ve always tried to take every opportunity to travel and take vacations. When you have a kid in school and are married to a teacher, summer is the optimum time to take a trip. I would certainly say we spend the most money in the summer on vacations. Now, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to take a trip. Pauline at Reach Financial Independence has some great suggestions on how to travel cheaply, but part of the fun for us is staying in nicer places that have amenities like included breakfasts and a pool! While there really is no way to get around paying for some things during a vacation unless you get free trips with credit card reward points, there are a couple of things you can do to be prepared so that you won’t end up blowing the budget on unexpected travel expenses. Pack Light– Especially if you are flying, it can save lots of money ...

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