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Old 09-04-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I've got a travel bug that won't leave me. As a result, any extra money I have outside of living expenses is considered travel funds. Even if travel means driving to the next state over. Everyone has different priorities for spending money. Some people use it on clothes and can drop hundreds in a day without blinking. Some people spend it on socializing, buying drinks, getting into bars. When I see my friends spend money like that, all I think of is how I could have bought a plane ticket to the east coast for that amount of money. Of course they don't place as much value on travel as I do and that's completely fine. That's how I afford my travel. I do love how people ask us how we are always out of town! It's not about being better than anyone, it's just a preference you know?

I also like to plan a bigger trip when tax return season rolls around
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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In my experience, people are tend to focus on material things more than something like travel. If it came between going on a trip, or buying a material object, people will buy the material object. When I was in the military, even with that pay I traveled a lot, while others instead bought wheels for their car, new furniture sets for their apartment, etc. Another thing I see people blow money on is eating out; I eat out for entertainment, many eat out just because they need food.

Put a budget together, you might be amazed on how much money you spend on what tends to be useless junk.
That's what I noticed too about people. The ones who are more materialistic or have poor budget planning/spending problems are less likely to travel and more likely to spend on tangible goods. Planning, saving, and traveling goes a long way if you do it right.

I think they did studies on people that travel a lot versus those that don't, in that they lead happier more fulfilling lives than those who are materialistic.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: classified
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2 years ago believe it or not I brought back a ...machete (with a sharp blade!) from Mexico (in suitcase, not in cabin) , I had no problems whatsoever (the Customs chick saw it in my suitcase at PV airport but didn't seem to give a damn!)
As long as the machete is in your checked in lugage it should not be a problem. I was able to bring back a machete I purchased in Guatemala into the US without any hassle.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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My wife is a big fan of Luxury Link | Luxury Hotels, 5-Star Resorts & Vacations - The Best Deals. We got a trip to Anguilla for half price.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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We always hear, "How can you afford to travel?", especially those years where we actually get to take the 4 weeks of vacation from work.

However, what would be the response if we asked:

How can YOU afford to buy a home that is 4x your annual income?
How can YOU afford to buy a NEW vehicle every 50k miles?
How can you afford to blow $50+ every Saturday night at the bar or strip club?
How can YOU afford to drop $100 for cosmetics?

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Back to the OP's question?

My first trip with my wife cost us $46 for a three day weekend camping near Mammoth Cave. We did all of the usual things that you do when you are broke and like to travel - bus trips, camping, college residence halls, friends, friends of friends, Marriott employee discounts, etc.

Then, I went to graduate school. In my spare time as a night auditor, I taught myself EAASY Sabre, a combination of the airline Sabre system and what is now Travelocity. After I started my next job, I showed the boss that the corporate travel agency was ripping the company off. That was a career booster and landed me a job where I was on the road 200+ nights per year. Needless to say, that brought me a lot of free travel and "combination" trips. (For the record, business travel stinks UNLESS you can be somewhat in control of the schedule, airlines, and the like. I got control of my itinerary as my travel costs, on average were 25% less than the rest of the department.

After that job was over, I learned a lot of tricks on the Travel Boards of CompuServe and later, internet sites.

In 2002, I "discovered" Hotwire and Priceline for hotels. That allowed me to significantly upgrade the hotels we used. I like to get a 3-4* hotel at the same price that the Motel 6 is charging in that town.

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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We go off season also. We just moved and sold off our business and some properties, cut back on non essential items. I never had an issue taking the kids out of school to travel ; their teachers were always great about it and we would bring something (usually candy) back for the other kids. Now the kids are teenagers so i may not take them out of school for a while.
It gave my kids the travel bug which is wonderful. Go off season, dont stay in the most expensive place, but have fun.
Oh yeah, and we homeschooled the girls while on the road. We kind of let math go for awhile except for the geometric constructions we made on a Greek ferry ride, but the whole family likes to read so we did a lot of that plus doing activities like watching sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. I had to squirm a bit though when the 12 yo got hold of a book that ensured I wouldn't have to teach sex ed after that. It was Lonesome Dove--I had read it before and didn't remember it as being that pornographic! That plus the all-night bus ride out of Bangkok while they played the movie Deuce Bigelo, European Gigolo.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I travel in Europe for about $50/weekend or less, including food - symphony extra.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I have so many places on my travel list but it seems I never have the money to really travel. I've been to a lot of places in the US, Mexico, and Canda, but those international destinations are really expensive. How do you guys manage it? Do you save for awhile, try to find the cheapest deals when you go somewhere, something else? I have a decent job yet with the cost of living and everything else I worry I'm never going to be able to afford to go the places I really want to go.
Well, what I used to do is take all the pocket change from the end of the day and store it in a jar, and used that.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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I've been married 20 yrs but i've never been abroad on holiday with my wife. It was difficult with my profession and she's always gone away with the kids while i've been... elsewhere.

We'll be going all over the place from now on though. We can afford it so we're intending to make the most of it.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have so many places on my travel list but it seems I never have the money to really travel. I've been to a lot of places in the US, Mexico, and Canda, but those international destinations are really expensive. How do you guys manage it? Do you save for awhile, try to find the cheapest deals when you go somewhere, something else? I have a decent job yet with the cost of living and everything else I worry I'm never going to be able to afford to go the places I really want to go.
Today, traveling across the pond can be very expensive. I think that is why we seem to be seeing and hearing less about it. The best way to afford international travel is: 1-yes, set a little aside every month or a year or so: 2-watch closely for specials, even if this means traveling with others on an organized tour (not always as much fun for some) and talking to a good travel agent. They often know secrets we, in the public, are not aware of. Believe me, if you pay close attention you can enjoy a few weeks in another country and not end up head over heals in debt. I will admit, the one time we do not always pay off our CCards is when we travel extensively. We will not go overboard, but sometimes do get stuck with interest payments for a few months or we have to hit the investment account.
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