Plan a weekend trip to Portland, Oregon

Summer 2018 is going to be remembered as one of the most fun summers I have ever had. It has been jam packed with happy hour dates and fun trips! Beginning with me and my beloved’s week-long vaca in Belize and my 7-city Future of Accounting tour sponsored by Avalara across the United States. My most recent stop was in Portland, Oregon for a one-hour presentation to twenty-five CPAs and financial professionals. My presentation was scheduled for Monday afternoon, so Nick traveled with me and we turned it into a long weekend.

We flew out early Friday morning and landed around 8a. As soon as we landed we were greeted with Portland’s 90 degree heat wave - I loved it- and a $95 parking ticket. Sigh. More on that later.

Other than the unfortunate ticket, we had the best time in the cute little city hiking, biking and eating. Our total expenses for the trip ending up being $1,438.29. Here is the breakdown of our costs.

Portland Money & Mimosas

We did borrow a friend’s car, which saved some money. If you do visit Portland, do yourself a favor and avoid the neighborhood we stayed in. It was lovely, but also out in the suburbs which meant a 20 minute drive to the closest worthwhile bar or restaurant.

As I mention in all of my travel posts, I highly recommend getting into the habit of saving up for these weekend trips. Otherwise, you will probably spend willy nilly. Believe me, every $8 mimosa adds up and the worst feeling is having traveler’s remorse when you realize how much you spent.

Leading up to the trip, save a fixed amount each week and transfer it to a high-yield savings account, such as Radius Bank, which allows you to earn a higher interest percentage than traditional savings accounts.

Keep reading to check out some of the highlights from our trip:

As soon as we landed, we grab our rental car from Toro. Such a great service! We drove to brunch row in Southeast Portland and chose Cheryl's on 12th as our first stop because they greet you with fresh beignets. OMG. So good! Unfortunately, we mistakenly parked illegally and within the first two hours of being in Portland, we managed to get a $95 parking ticket. Definitely something we didn't save up for - whooops!

As soon as we landed, we grab our rental car from Toro. Such a great service! We drove to brunch row in Southeast Portland and chose Cheryl's on 12th as our first stop because they greet you with fresh beignets. OMG. So good! Unfortunately, we mistakenly parked illegally and within the first two hours of being in Portland, we managed to get a $95 parking ticket. Definitely something we didn't save up for - whooops!

We went on two epic hikes while in Portland. The Fall Creek Trails and this hike. Check out the YouTube video below for all the sites.

We went on two epic hikes while in Portland. The Fall Creek Trails and this hike. Check out the YouTube video below for all the sites.

The brewery situation in Portland is beyond! I loved the Sessions brewery and the fabulous rooftop.

The brewery situation in Portland is beyond! I loved the Sessions brewery and the fabulous rooftop.

Mimosas are everywhere in Portland! Bar Carlo have fresh mango mimosas (my favorite!) and one of the tastiest brunches I've ever had.

Mimosas are everywhere in Portland! Bar Carlo have fresh mango mimosas (my favorite!) and one of the tastiest brunches I've ever had.

The food scene in Portland is beyond! And this is after living in the Bay Area! This delicious meal is from Bar Carlo.

The food scene in Portland is beyond! And this is after living in the Bay Area! This delicious meal is from Bar Carlo.

The cheese plate at Nord Broder is amazing. Shout-out to our friend for introducing us to this spot and hanging with us. They have three or four different locations across the city.

The cheese plate at Nord Broder is amazing. Shout-out to our friend for introducing us to this spot and hanging with us. They have three or four different locations across the city.

Yum.

Yum.

Yumminess at Nord Broder.

Yumminess at Nord Broder.

Biking is the best way to see a city. But, I do not recommend using these Ford Bikes. They system is low-key shitty. Every bike was either out of service for maintenance or just plain awful. Such a shame because the bike share program is a great idea.

Biking is the best way to see a city. But, I do not recommend using these Ford Bikes. They system is low-key shitty. Every bike was either out of service for maintenance or just plain awful. Such a shame because the bike share program is a great idea.

Sipping on mimosas when we found out that our cameo on House Hunters International went live and that I got a call-back for a TV show executive produced by Ashton Kutcher.

Sipping on mimosas when we found out that our cameo on House Hunters International went live and that I got a call-back for a TV show executive produced by Ashton Kutcher.

Getting ready for my talk! Such a cute location!

Getting ready for my talk! Such a cute location!

Thank you, Avalara, for sponsoring my talk! I had so much fun connecting with these powerful women in accounting.

Thank you, Avalara, for sponsoring my talk! I had so much fun connecting with these powerful women in accounting.

Selfie fun with the ladies after the discussion. Shout-out to Jennifer Dymond for hosting me and organizing the group.

Selfie fun with the ladies after the discussion. Shout-out to Jennifer Dymond for hosting me and organizing the group.

So great to meet Ashley Schlaefli! A rockstar business owner while raising four little ones. Get it, mama!

So great to meet Ashley Schlaefli! A rockstar business owner while raising four little ones. Get it, mama!

 

 

How much does it cost to spend a week in Belize?

Xunantinich, Belize on Money & Mimosas

Me and the beloved went on a dreamy vacation over the July 4th holiday. We chose Belize as the destination because we love the beach and doing outdoorsy activities.

Well, Nick loves doing outdoorsy things. Truth be told, I am just fine sipping rum punch on the beach with the book. But I digress…

We planned this trip back in January and each saved up for it. Whenever you’re planning a trip, I recommend pricing out everything beforehand (like we did for our San Diego trip!) and adding 20-30% so you have extra fun money! 

We ended up spending $3,008.48. on this trip to Belize. Here is the breakdown:

Belize Expenses - Money & Mimosas

Saving up for a trip like this is totally doable. If you give yourself six months to save, that's $500 per month. To reduce the temptation of spending your travel funds, keep your savings in a separate account. I recommend a high-yield savings account because the return is much higher than traditional accounts. Click the link to check out the Radius High-Yield Savings account - they have one of the highest interest rates.

Here are some of the highlights and recommendations from our trip to Belize!

We flew Southwest because we signed up for the companion pass earlier this year. Which means you can buy one ticket and get one free! SO awesome!

We flew Southwest because we signed up for the companion pass earlier this year. Which means you can buy one ticket and get one free! SO awesome!

When we arrived to our resort, Dream Valley, we were greeted with a soursop cocktail. Such a lovely gesture of hospitality and soooo delicious.

When we arrived to our resort, Dream Valley, we were greeted with a soursop cocktail. Such a lovely gesture of hospitality and soooo delicious.

The seafood in Belize is incredible! When you visit, be sure to get snapper ceviche.

The seafood in Belize is incredible! When you visit, be sure to get snapper ceviche.

One of the memorable activities we did during this trip was a five-hour cave hike. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Cameras are not allowed in the cave, therefore some of these photos are courtesy of the tour company- MayaWalk Tours.

One of the memorable activities we did during this trip was a five-hour cave hike. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced. Cameras are not allowed in the cave, therefore some of these photos are courtesy of the tour company- MayaWalk Tours.

Inside the cave! We had to wear headlamps because some areas were pitch black.

Inside the cave! We had to wear headlamps because some areas were pitch black.

We made it! This is us, soaking wet, after the cave hiking.

We made it! This is us, soaking wet, after the cave hiking.

Carol and Mike are two travel bloggers we met on the tour- they are such a fun couple! Check out their blog,  Curious Gypsies , for awesome travel tips!

Carol and Mike are two travel bloggers we met on the tour- they are such a fun couple! Check out their blog, Curious Gypsies, for awesome travel tips!

After the hike, we went for a calming swim at the beautiful pool at the Dream Valley resort. Loved this property!

After the hike, we went for a calming swim at the beautiful pool at the Dream Valley resort. Loved this property!

Our next activity was hiking through Mayan temples. Absolutely breathtaking.

Our next activity was hiking through Mayan temples. Absolutely breathtaking.

Hiking down from one of the Mayan temples.

Hiking down from one of the Mayan temples.

The views from the Mayan palaces were spectacular!

The views from the Mayan palaces were spectacular!

Nick sipping on the local beer in the marketplace.

Nick sipping on the local beer in the marketplace.

The final part of our trip was spent on Key Caulker island. We took an hour-long ferry ride to the island. The Split is a famous location - in 1961 a devastating hurricane hit the island causing it to split. Fifty years later, there are a couple of great restaurants at the Split and beautiful views.

The final part of our trip was spent on Key Caulker island. We took an hour-long ferry ride to the island. The Split is a famous location - in 1961 a devastating hurricane hit the island causing it to split. Fifty years later, there are a couple of great restaurants at the Split and beautiful views.


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#TravelThursday: Paradise in Costa Rica

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you would have seen that I have been on a digital detox. My boyfriend and I took a much needed vacation to celebrate his dirty thirty.

We've been talking about travelling abroad for a long time and were finally able to experience the beauty of another country together.

We chose Costa Rica because he loves to mountain bike (he didn't do any riding this trip, next time!), the beautiful weather and opportunity to do hiking in the rainforest.

The areas we visited were La Fortuna, which is home to a gorgeous volcano and rainforest. We did a volcano tour for $35 per person, I highly recommend it. It's 6 hours and it ends in the hot springs with mud facials and Guaro cocktails. We stayed in this beautiful hostel for about $60 per night.

Then we travelled to Playa Arenal and stayed in the Arenal Homes. Here's a link to the Facebook page. 

We played in the warm ocean, read books and drank cocktails from 10a to 6p everyday at the beach bar, Lunas. Also check out the BeachFront for orange-carrot-tumeric tea and amazing burritos.

We ended the trip in the capital, San Jose and stayed in a traditional American hotel. Our only complaint is that their jacuzzi isn't hot- in fact it's downright cold. And no, it wasn't broken. Apparently, it's always that temp.

Danetha Doe is a celebrity business strategist and founder of the entrepreneur's lifestyle blog, Money & Mimosas. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram, @danethadoe.