the frugal traveler

anonymous asked:

Hey girls. So I'm going on a formal weekend trip soon. (3 days, all formal wear, like 8a-6p, the whole shabang). Advice on packing, staying awake, not dying, dealing with a period while on this trip? (I have to wear dresses/skirt & top and heels, no exceptions)

Oh shit gurl. You came to the right place. I (Piggy) am a frequent business traveler and I have this shit on lockdown. 

First off, for periods, here is our no-nonsense advice:

Blood Money: Surviving Your Period While Poor

Now, here’s how to pack:

1. ROLL your clothes. Do not fold them. Folds will create wrinkles and it’s too easy for them to get mashed around. Roll them all up, and pack them neat and tight.

2. Wear FLATS in the airport/while traveling and pack your heels. Not only will it be easier to run if you need to, but the metal shank in high heels often sets off the metal detector at the security line in the airport. 

3. Pack your clothes and breakables at the TOP of your suitcase, your shoes and hard stuff at the bottom.

4. Pack a rain jacket or umbrella. If you’re prepared for rain… it won’t rain. That’s just science.

5. Pack an EMPTY water bottle if you’re flying. A full water bottle is ok if you’re not. Fill it up with water regularly. It’s easy to get dehydrated while traveling and that’ll make you feel shitty and sleepy.

6. Pack granola bars, or another high-protein snack. This’ll keep you awake and strong, and will save you from spending too much money buying snacks along the way.

7. Oh yeah and on your PERIOD: no matter what you use for the bleeding, make sure you also use a panty liner to catch any overflow. You’re traveling, so your clothing options are limited and you don’t want to stain your only skirt on the first day and then have nothing else to wear.

8. Pack band-aids and Ibuprofin (or your over-the-counter painkiller of choice). The band-aids are for heel-inflicted blisters. The painkillers are for your period.

9. Consolidate your luggage. In a pinch, your purse and coat should also fit in your main bag. Makes it easier and faster to move.

10. Pack layers. My go-to are sheath dresses and blazers over heels, but you could pack a sweater, leggings, pantyhose, a scarf… whatever. You don’t know what the weather will be like nor the air conditioning situation. 

11. Eat carbs, vegetables, and protein. Good nutrition will ensure you have lots of energy for staying awake. Have coffee or tea with lunch so you don’t get sleepy once you’re full. 

12. Make sure you pack an extra of the essentials: hair ties, bras, shoes, whatever. You won’t have access to your full closet, so choose wisely.

Last but not least, here’s our advice for frugal travel: 

Understand the Hidden Costs of Travel and Avoid Them Like the Plague

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I wish I knew how many miles/hours I have on my old Bose noise cancelling headphones (running, flying) - I’m sure it’s a lot. They still sound good and the battery holds a long charge but the microphone is shot, likely from too much sweat. They are at least 5 years old so I’m not complaining. I will still use them but I needed a new pair for work and travel.

Even though audiophiles turn their nose up at Bose, I decided to get the exact same kind and to buy them with points I earned from my corporate Amex card which I use for T & E. At my company we use individual liability credit cards. My company will pay directly to Amex any charges I submit and which are approved. Anything else put on the card that isn’t submitted or approved are my responsibility. If the account gets past due it would hurt my credit rating. That provides motivation to submit expense reports on time. I’ve had the card for six years and don’t pay much attention to the points. Amex gives 1 point for each $1 spent. Turns out I had 350,000 points. I know, that is completely insane, especially since I am a very frugal corporate traveler. Wayyyy too much travel.

anonymous asked:

Married everyday life with Aisha?

  • Marriage with Aisha went smoothly. It was a busy event, but she planned out the whole wedding in advance with your help so you can start your lives together in peace.

  • She likes waking up a little earlier, so both of you have more time to get ready for work. Even cuddling snugly with each other, when the alarm rings she stretches out of your arms ignoring your complaints, and nudges you to do the same. Hopefully you’ve taken a home with more than one bathroom, because she takes a pretty long time in there to get ready for the day.

  • On the weekends, you’re allowed to wake up a little later, to the point where Aisha drags you back to bed when you want to get up.  

  • Aisha makes breakfast for the two of you. She doesn’t mind, but wants you to help around sometimes. If you didn’t know how to cook before marrying Aisha, you’ll learn how to now. It’s usually one person doing it, but there are occasions where you work together in the kitchen.

  • Aisha strives to further improve her magic research, and being married won’t stop her from doing so. She has her own study where she’s holed up after work to relax. She doesn’t mind when you enter though, but you’ll face some banter if you distract her from her work. If you promise to be quiet, she won’t kick you out. At any time, she’ll share her notes with you if you’re interested.

  • You’re usually the only who gives Aisha the most affection. That’s not to say she doesn’t give it back though, but you don’t do that as much as some couples. You can be careful for Aisha attacking you with a surprise hug when you’re least suspecting it.

  • Aisha isn’t a big spender. She’s not completely frugal, but she loves traveling, and you don’t go out much to save for those trips. On those rare days, though, she takes you out for a few days to any nice place in the  world. It’s well worth waiting for, you both think.

anonymous asked:

Hey chris.How's your adventure going in nepal? Does it cost a lots of money to hike all those mountain in nepal? Do we really need to hire a sherpa to guide us? Is there any mountain that we can go on our own? maybe could save some dollars. Take care

The adventure in Nepal is going great, thanks for asking!

I’m pretty frugal when I travel; here’s my breakdown for Nepal.

A 30-day visa is $40.

In Kathmandu, I usually spend about $20 per day for lodging, food, and tea. And I don’t tend to spend much time in Kathmandu.

While trekking, you’re looking at about $10 p/day in the lower altitude regions, including lodging (which can always be negotiated for $1) and 2-3 meals with tea.

While trekking in the upper elevations, expect to pay closer to $15-20 p/day for lodging (also $1) three meals, and tea.

In Pokhara, I stay at Sofia Guesthouse toward north Lakeside, for $3 a night. They serve breakfast of curry potatoes, eggs, chapatti w/jam, and tea for $1.50. All in all, I’ll usually spend about $10-15 p/day in Pokhara.

TIMS Cards (required for each different trekking region/trek) are $20; while national park entrance fees are $20-30.

If you want to trek in the Everest region, flights to Lukla are $320 roundtrip, but a cheaper option would be to take the jeep into Salleri ($20 each way) and hike an extra two days each way compared to the Lukla flight.

So, for a three week trek, ie. EBC, you’re looking at something like this:

30-Day Visa: $40
Jeep Ride to Salleri: $40
Park/Permit Fees: $50
KTM Time: $40
EBC Trek: $330 (22 days x $15 p/day)

Total: $500

That’s sleeping comfortably, eating well, and trekking solo without porters or guides.

Treks in other areas like Annapurna and Langtang tend to be a bit cheaper.

Flights from LA seem to go for about $1,000-$1,500 depending on the booking time and airline.

Hope that helps!