Category: Travel

Comparing Cross Country Road Trips: Car vs RV

Is it cheaper to drive across the US in an RV or a car and how do they compare in fun and comfort? We’ve done the trip both ways now, and some answers were surprising: the RV turned out to be cheaper when considering gas, food, and accommodations, but the bigger picture is more complicated. For background: Three years ago we decided “go west, young man (and woman, and dog), grow up with...

That Time We Bought a New Home for $6,000

No, we’re not moving to Detroit, we bought a motorhome. Why? Well there’s a saying, “dress for the job you want”. Granted, the phrase was probably coined by someone trying to sell you clothes, but perhaps there’s merit to the thought. So, since we want to retire soon, we’re working on looking the part. As part of the retiree makeover, we bought an RV, a 1992 Winnebago Minnie Winnie to be specific. It’s a 24 ft Class C motorhome,...

Visiting The South Pacific and Bora Bora on the Cheap

Up until now, the closest we had been to seeing the The South Pacific was a revival of the 1940’s musical. That changed recently when we spent a blissful week among beautiful beaches, picture perfect palm trees, and unbelievably blue water. We were visiting the French Polynesian Islands for some luxurious rest and relaxation, arriving in Tahiti and quickly making our way to the islands of Moorea and...

Travel Hacking for Fun and Profit

We’ve posted travel reports about trips where we used used airline and hotel loyalty points to keep the cost down; each time, people seemed curious how we earned enough point and miles to travel as much as we do. This post addresses that question in more detail than you may care to know. The end of the year seemed a good time to summarize miles and points we accumulated in...

Tropical Paradise for Almost Free: Eating, Drinking, and Relaxing in Puerto Vallarta

Everyone has different Thanksgiving traditions; ours is to use the extra-long weekend to escape somewhere warm, and do it cheaply by flying on Thanksgiving day itself (we’re not the only weirdos who do this). This year we managed to use loyalty points to book an almost-free tropical getaway at an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta. We spent 5 days and 4 nights at a total out of pocket cost of $230, including airfare, hotel, and...

Binders and Passports Edition

We have a little write-up over at Canadian Budget Binder, so do go check it out, if you are so inclined. Speaking of things Canadian, we’ve recently been getting our ducks in a row for travel to the home country. This involves getting a passport and requisite photo for the littlest traveler we know. Last time we needed passport photos we did what might seem reasonable: go to...

Taking in Tahoe

Earlier this month, we took a mini road trip to the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. We packed up our luxury car, our two dogs, The Little Man, and headed up to the Sierra Nevadas for a long weekend. It was a wonderful three days featuring stunning lake vistas driving from North Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe, hiking in Squaw Valley, and two bonus brief stops in the...

Fun in the Pacific Northwest

If you’ve been wondering where we’ve been hiding, the answer is we were busy having a good time exploring Seattle and the surrounding area. For those curious, here’s a little summary of our wanderings, and some of the things that helped make the trip a bit easier on the wallet.

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