Most of my friends would say that I pack insanely light. I disagree: no matter how small my bag, there is SO much in it that I don’t need! Here are five electronic items that I really don’t need at all… but I pack them anyway […]
Trick question: you probably can’t fly for free. Here are your three next-best options: 1- Points You can accumulate points (especially easy if you’re American… harder if you’re not) and redeem them in the most advantageous way possible. However, contrary to popular belief, I think that […]
My new maxim is: “restaurants are not for eating”.
Yes, you read that right. From now on, restaurants are a place to meet with your friends. If you want to eat, go to the grocery store.
Crazy, right? I learned it from Mr Money Mustache. So, if you’re hungry after work? Cook. If you’re meeting friends, sure, go to a restaurant. But remember that the point of you being there is to socialise, not to eat.
Feel free to eat before (dietary restrictions are a great excuse for this), or just order an entrée, or to order the cheapest thing on the menu. You don’t need the $34 tasting plate.
Once you shift your focus from “I need to eat anyway, so I deserve a good main dish” to “who cares about the food, I’m here to hang out with Christine”, you’ll magically spend less money.
This is a really big part of how I saved $20,000 to go travel. I didn’t feel like I was missing out because I wasn’t- I was making a conscious choice to maximize my long-term enjoyment.
I chose to spend less money on something I didn’t care much about so that I could buy more freedom (and much more exotic food) later on. You can do it too 🙂
PS: Sometimes I like to be really badass and just order a plate of fries plus dessert.
Last week I needed to have a signature certified by a notary. I’ve had this done before, but I’m in France and wasn’t sure how it would work here or how much it would cost. When I asked the internet what to do, it told […]
While we were in Bali last fall, we needed certified copies of our passports. We wondered whether this would be complicated. Turns out, finding a notary and getting a certified copy in Indonesia is surprisingly simple. Step 1: Find the nearest notary on Google Maps. […]
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This is how I start A LOT of my emails. It’s a bit trite, but it works for me. I feel pretty awkward about writing a blog, but I can write a decent email, so to make things easier for both of us, I’ll just pretend that you’re my friend and you asked me a question and that I’m writing you an email. Kay? And we can keep doing that until this gets less awkward for both of us 😉
Oh, did I mention that I over-use emojis? You’d better get used to it 🙂
So, what will we be “emailing” about? Well, I’m not quite sure… I just spent about a year traveling, a year before that preparing to travel, and my whole life dreaming about travel. A big part of that for me is planning and saving for travel. I feel like I had (am having) a great time, and that planning and saving for travel is something I’m pretty good at.
People will often ask me how I travel (at parties, etc), and my ideal answer would be a 90-minute tirade about the philosophy of money vs happiness…. but the person at the party isn’t necessarily into that. SO, I figure I can do all my ranting here and you can serve yourself buffet-style to the bits you like and ignore the bits you don’t like. (Just like some people and religion! I hope you don’t mind my jokes…) Deal?
Sounds great. I think we’ll get along just fine.
I look forward to hearing what you think (that’s how I end a lot of my emails),
Have a great day! (oh yeah, I do that too)