That Dirty Thing That Nobody Really Wants to Talk About

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MONEY!

As I search for plane tickets to go to Thailand over the holidays this year I have two overwhelming feelings.  The first is…Ssshhhiiiiittttt! This is expensive. That ruminates for a few minutes every time I check the ticket’s price tag, which is never under $1000. Then the second wave hits me where I realize that it is getting harder to justify these lavish vacations.

I started the year off with a four-city tour of western Japan, followed that with a trip to Beijing. Had a lovely swim in paradise, otherwise called Ogasawara Island, then took an impromptu jaunt to The States right before a excursion around Taipei.

This year has been a whirlwind of travel, but the greatest truth is that travel is immensely addictive. As much as I have done this year, I want more. The more places I go, the more I want to go farther, longer, and deeper into that vast world out there. And believe me, if motivation alone could carry me, the wind would have whisked me far away along time ago. Alas, my greatest obstacle, money.

Don’t get me wrong, I make a decent wage, but traveling like I do, and trying to be responsible with putting little of my expenses on credit to be paid back at a later date leaves you without much in the old bank account.

Guess that’s just a quandary of life. So what discount-travel websites do you frequent?

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  1. wanderoneday
    wanderoneday says:

    I try to use points and miles from credit cards to reduce the cost of my trips. A $1000 round trip from the US to Europe can become a $150 flight if you know the ins and outs of the frequent flier programs. Other than that, I like to stay with friends or family, or use sites like Priceline or Hotels.com to get my lodging costs lwo.

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    • Flirting With Travel
      Flirting With Travel says:

      First, thank you for your advice. How did you learn the ins and outs of the frequent flier programs, they always feel like a black hole of promises and hidden rules to me. I have recently started using a rewards card. My goal was to save up points for an entire trip to India, but I may take your advice yet and see if I can get some relief in the ticket buying department.

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      • wanderoneday
        wanderoneday says:

        I wrote a nice big long response to your question, but I think it disappeared 🙁 Check out my blog post from October 9th – I go into depth about how I’ll be getting our flights to Europe, as well as how I got my upcoming flight to the Caribbean for about $70.
        (http://wanderoneday.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/mostly-free-flights-to-europ/)

        Starting out, the frequent flier programs are very much like black holes. But if you find a few airlines that work for you (in my case those are Southwest/Airtran, and British Airways), you can really make it work out. I’ve found Delta to be the least useful, and haven’t really used United very much. Don’t forget that certain airlines partner with other airlines – for example you can use British Airways points to book flights on American Airlines. Also, Chase Ultimate Rewards points or American Express points are very flexible – you can transfer them to airlines or hotels as needed.

        Check out a few blogs like Million Mile Secrets or any of the Boarding Area blogs. They go into much more depth than you really need, but they are a great way to familiarize yourself with the points/miles programs without spending much time on it yourself.

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