Our travel story usually begins with a cheap flight, and this one is no different. A year ago, we saw a huge sale for flights from NYC to Singapore over the Labor Day weekend for only $550 USD. Since we hadn’t been to Singapore before, and the timing worked out, we jumped at this opportunity. Once we started planning the trip, and realized that Kuala Lumpur was only a hop and a skip away, it made sense to combine the trips. Continue reading
Portugal is a small country nestled between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean at the westernmost point of continental Europe. It was once a powerful seafaring kingdom that controlled many of the routes to Africa, South America, and Asia. The home of world famous football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is filled with lush landscapes and striking scenery. Though not as well known as some of its neighbors, it is a country rich with culture, interesting architecture, and fairytale castles. The laid-back vibe combined with great food and cheap wine makes this a must-visit destination. Here is the cost breakdown of our trip to Portugal to help you plan yours:
- Time Cost
- Total Days In Portugal: 8 days + 1 layover day in London
- Total Days Off From Work: 5 days
- Monetary Cost
- Hotel: $1100 + 8,000 Hilton Points + 7,000 SPG points
- Flights: $815 pp +13,000 Avios
- Transportation: $90 pp ($110 for car, $35 pp for train)
- Admission fees: $80 pp
- Food: $45 pp per day
- Total Per Person: $1,800+ 4,000 Hilton Points + 3,500 SPG points + 6,500 Avios
If you’ve been following along with our blog you’ll know that we usually try to maximize our travel days and minimize our costs. This usually happens when we find a good flight deal with availability around the holidays. This system has allowed us to travel more frequently to many amazing places around the world. Admittedly, this did not happen on this trip. A series of mistakes cost us time, energy, and money in the form of unused hotel rooms and additional flights – read about our mishaps here. Even with all the disasters, our trip was very memorable for all the right reasons.
There are a variety of things to do and see in Portugal, whatever your interests and tastes may be. Visit the northern city of Porto and sample the famous port wine. Zip over to Belem and indulge in the egg tarts. Wander through picturesque castles hidden in the rolling hills of Sintra and feel like you’ve stepped into a Disney movie. See the busy city from the rickety tram, and fall in love with the architecture of Lisbon. Eat and drink until you are completely sated without breaking the bank. To read more about our trip to Portugal, click on the links below:
- Read about all our rookie mistakes that we made on this trip
- Alternative accommodation option with AirBnB
- Cheap wine and good food is a winning combination
- A helpful self-guided walking tour to help you navigate the city
- Visit these 6 must do things in Porto
- Want to see the city from a different vantage point? Head up to the miradouros
- When in Lisbon, you must try the famous Pasteis de Nata among other delectable
- There are so many things to see and places to visit, here is a list to help you plan
- The city of seven hills also have a lot of good lookout places
Check back next to read about our trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its golden beaches, lush mountains, iconic landmarks and sprawling favelas. There is really no other place quite like the fun loving city of Rio. With the recent World Cup and upcoming Olympics, the city is drawing more people to its shores than ever before. Here is the breakdown of our trip to Rio:
Now the the holiday season is over, and the New Year draws near, it’s that time again… Time to look back on 2015 and reflect on all the places we’ve been and things we’ve seen.
At this time last year when we were writing our 2014 post, I think we had said something along the lines of 2014 being a big year for our travel; and that we might take it easy in 2015… Fast-forward one year, and all I have to say is “ha!” We didn’t have a lot planned going into 2015, but we ended up covering a fair bit of ground. It started with a mistake fare to Rio, and ended up with an aspirational booking in first class to Hong Kong on one of the top airlines in the world. Continue reading
This was a special trip because it was the first one I’ve taken with my baby sister. Even with our age difference, we always seem to be on the same page about everything, including our favorite show – Gilmore Girls. One of the things I remembered from watching the show was the backpacking trip they took through Europe and how much fun they had. That’s what I wanted to do with Kim, and this summer we finally got our chance. Since we were only going to be there for nine days, we had to narrow it down and pick a few cities that we both wanted to visit. Being on the same wavelength, we quickly decided on Prague and Berlin. The artsy, vibrant energy of Berlin, and the beautiful architecture of Prague really appealed to both of us. Below is the breakdown of our trip to Eastern Europe: Continue reading
Australia is a country synonymous with endless sunshine, a laid-back lifestyle, and iconic scenery. Its natural splendor captivates visitors with promises of grand adventures and its multicultural cities are bursting with a vibrant, youthful energy. From the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef to the man-made Sydney Opera house, there was lots to do and see. It’s no wonder this country is one of the most popular travel destinations. Here is the cost breakdown of our trip to Australia: Continue reading
What started as a cheap flight booked on a whim turned into a great trip to Austria. Austria has a little bit of everything, from the spectacular pristine landscape to a bustling city rich with history and culture. Vienna transports you to another time and place where you get to immerse yourself in a different era. During its peak, Vienna was the epicenter of a grand empire, where Mozart and many other notable musical prodigies called home. Today, this metropolis continue to thrive, integrating contemporary designs and historic buildings. This trip report summarizes all the blog posts related to our trip to Austria and provides a break down of the cost.