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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.
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:
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:
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!
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.