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Does frequent travel conflict with financial well-being?

If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you’ve no doubt seen me periodically talk about my quest to see one new country a year. You might find this topic potentially a diversion, even perhaps antithetical, to much of the other topics I talk about. Eliminating debt, building wealth, eliminating the unnecessary financial burdens … Continue reading »

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Calculate the opportunity cost

Opportunity cost can be defined as “the value of the choice of a best alternative lost while making a decision.” Or, more colloquially, it’s “what you could have done if you had chosen differently.” I’ve talked before that one should consider the opportunity cost. But considering is one thing; how do you calculate the opportunity cost? I had … Continue reading »

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My ideas for my new country for the year

  All this talk about me helping you decide where your next “new country” trip is going to be rather sidesteps the slightly uncomfortable fact that I myself don’t actually know where my own “new country” trip is going to be. I consider myself an experienced traveler, both domestically and internationally. So I know how … Continue reading »

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How to determine where to travel next

  I have a travel goal. Every year, I travel to a new country. Seeing one new country in a year is possible without quitting your job or being independently wealthy. In fact, it’s a challenge that starts out rather easy. If you’re in the US, you’ve got two very easy countries to get to. … Continue reading »

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The best time to travel is coming up soon!

  It’s getting to be my favorite time of the year in the US for flying! Planes will be empty, fares will be cheap, airports will be a breeze to get to and around in. I’ve already booked a flight, and am looking forward to traveling. If you think I’ve lost my mind and am living … Continue reading »

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Most people never leave their backyard, or The speed of adulthood

  We were standing on the top of the Arc de Triomphe. (Side note: no, this was not something I thought you could do, but it was great that we could.) It was a kind of “triomphe” for my Mom, for whom this was a first-in-her-lifetime (but not a once-in-a-lifetime) experience. She was lost in … Continue reading »

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Beware the second time around

  We were stuck at the Gare du Nord with no place to stay. We had arrived on the Eurostar, fresh from London, with accommodations all arranged. We had booked an apartment near the Champs-Élysées through AirBnb, and everything was set. Our instructions were to contact the owner as soon as we got to Paris. … Continue reading »

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Getting my mom and I to London and back: a study in trip planning

  In my last post I talked about how my mom and I were going to Europe together. Specifically London, although we threw in Paris at the last moment. It’s a really exciting time. For me, one of the best parts of travel is the planning of it. Flights, trains, hotels, etc. I know that … Continue reading »

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The absolute best way to use frequent flyer miles

  I’m going on a big trip starting this week, and I’m really excited about it! I’ve hinted about it in previous posts, but I wanted to lay it all out here so you can share in my excitement and enthusiasm. It has to do with travel and frequent flyer miles, yes, but it also has … Continue reading »

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Why foreign transaction fees are (annoying but) no big deal

  WARNING: This post contains math. Are you old enough to remember travelers checks? When I went on my first trip abroad when I was much younger, that was still the de facto method of using currency when in a different country. These days, however, travelers checks seem as anachronistic as fax machines. Instead, when people … Continue reading »

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