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4 things I’ll never do on vacation

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Do you have winter blues?  Feel like you need to get away?  I  know I do.  Up here in the snowy Northeast this time of the year is cold and grey; it makes me want to stay inside in my pyjamas or travel south to warmer climates.

As you know I love to travel, like really love it.  I was having lunch with my friend Lyanne yesterday and I was telling her about my upcoming plans to go to Las Vegas.  She said “I don’t know anyone who travels as much as you do.”  I know I’m lucky to live in a city that is so close to so many other great cities like New York and Boston.  The truth is I don’t take luxurious vacations every month; the reason I can travel so often is because I do it for cheap.

Travel for convenience

This is something I never do.  Of course it would be nice to book a direct flight, get on the plane , fall asleep and wake up in another country – but that’s expensive.  If I have to travel at less convenient times or make a stop along the route I will definitely do it to save on my airfare.  However one connection is where I draw the line, anything more than that just cuts into my vacation time.

Pay more for a room with a view

Whenever I book my travel online or over the phone with a customer service representative I’m always promoted to upgrade to a room with a view.  This is something I never do.  Last September I went to New Orleans for the FinCon conference and booked a city view room.  It was $10 more a night to book a room with a view of the Mississippi River, I politely declined.

There is no way I would pay extra for a room with a view because I am hardly ever in my hotel room when I’m on vacation.  When I am in the room I’m either taking a shower, getting ready or going to sleep.  I’m definitely not staring out the window thinking “What a pretty view”.

Share a room

Big mistake.  My recent trip to New Orleans was the first time I shared a room with other conference attendees and truth be told I will probably never do it again.  I thought it would be a good idea to share a room to save money, but trust me it’s not worth it.

Sharing a room and a bathroom with people you don’t know is an invasion of personal space, not to mention I don’t even think a standard hotel room has enough space for four women and all their stuff.  You know what I said about paying for convenience – well this is the exception.

Go all inclusive

I have friends who only travel all inclusive but for me it’s just not worth it.  I don’t drink alcohol and I’m a vegetarian so paying an inflated price for all you can eat and drink accommodations is just not worth it for me.  This is the same reason I don’t eat at buffets.

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TK

TK is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. She started blogging in 2009 after the market crash. TK enjoys helping people plan their retirement, pay off debt, invest wisely, live on a budget and enjoy happy financial lives. You can see what she's up to on Twitter @TahnyaKristina.

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  • We don’t go all-inclusive either. We do pay more for a room with a view, though, since we love to enjoy it when not walking / suntanning. We also love to cook some of our meals (fast stuff, that takes 20-30 minutes to do), since it helps us save a lot of money, which can be used to fund another vacation for instance.

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