Ireland

IrelandIreland – what an amazing place. Those to the left are the Cliffs of Moher.  Those cliffs are one of most beautiful sights I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. Beauty – always has a price.  I’m not talking about the $$, but rather about the rain.

We spent 4 days in Ireland, and it rained every day.  We were able to have one half decent day for the trip to the cliffs – thankfully.  No rain was actually quite surprising.  Ever wake up in the morning on a rain day a little more foggy than usual?

When you look outside you see a cloud covered sky then assume that’s why you feel a little under the weather.  Everyone has had that happen to them at one time or another.  It’s the worst.

That’s Ireland… EVERYDAY.  Literally everyday.  That’s why its so green & beautiful.  That’s also why..  everyone DRINKS!

Never Again

There will never be a point in time that I decide to pay money to go back to Ireland.  I wanted to be there, because it was always talked about among my family.  Ireland wasn’t nearly all it was cracked up to be.  If you’re a huge drinker than this is the spot for you.  There are bars up and down the street.

I’m not a drinker, but instead I’m a doer.  We found a nice Crossfit near by and hit a workout there, but that shouldn’t be one of the highlights of my vacation.  It was just really rainy, and there was nothing to do but to drink.

Happy People

One thing for sure is that the people in Ireland are really, really happy!  I mean everyone is super nice.  The trip was a great relief from all the gun violence that you see on the news nowadays.  The cops there didn’t even carry guns.  It was a pleasure meeting and conversing with people throughout the city.

No guns, but no crime – that’s Ireland for you.  I know you’re probably thinking…

but how do I save money in Ireland

DON’T GO TO IRELAND!

I’m really holding back on a serious rant, but I was very disappointed with my trip to Ireland.  Maybe, just maybe take one day and head to the Cliffs of Moher, but that’s it!

Saving Money Mindset

Saving Money MindsetSaving Money is a Mindset.  A mindset is a very powerful vehicle.  This vehicle can either put you ahead of the game or put you in reverse.

You’ll need to consider that when you start this money saving mindset that you’re understanding what it’ll do to the rest of your finances.

Often times we focus so much on saving money we lose sight of making money.  My wife & I are the perfect team because she focuses on saving money in every possible way.  I focus on making money at every possible way.

We often need to reel each other back in because sometimes I get off thrown off course.  On the other hand she gets to involved in saving money that we are getting great deals on things we don’t even need.

Making Money

It is equally important to focus on making money and saving money.  Cruising around the world is expensive, but my wife will find ways to save us big money in the process.  In the same instance I’m on the cruise working my angle of making money.  I took my business which I’ll tell you about in a moment, and positioned my expertise to have a broader reach.

I own an appliance repair company located in Danbury, Connecticut; you can find us on the web at www.danburyappliancerepairpros.com.  We repair everything from refrigerators and dryers to TVs.  Our repair service is local to the surrounding towns in Danbury, CT.

How does that help me on a cruise half way around the world?  I’ve created a private youtube channel that I charge people to view.  The channel displays clear step by step instruction on how to repair almost anything.  I usually scoop up 15-25 people every vacation whom tell their friends, and my business grows.

I’m literally making money while cruising.  The money I’m making is generating me new friends around the world.  My mindset is making money & negotiating.  My wife’s mindset is saving money.

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Italy

ColloseumItaly one of the most disappointing trips I’ve been on yet. Besides the Vatican I thought Italy was just OK.  Now the Vatican on the other hand if you can handle being in a room with hundreds of other people for the whole excursion was great.  It was absolutely breath taking in there!  I’m not the least bit religious but I thought it was just amazing.

We stopped in Italy on our honeymoon to see the Vatican, the colloseum and the leaning tower of pisa.  The tours didn’t even go up into the tower so I decided to stay on the ship to play on the flow rider.  The flow rider is probably the best part of the whole cruise because it’s a never ending wave.  I love athletic sports, and that was right up my alley. Continue reading “Italy”

Small Town Vacation

Small Town Vacations

Small Vacation HomeSmall town vacations can be the least expensive trips.  My family owns a vacation house in Salisbury, Mass, and we would spend a week up there every summer.  Growing up – this vacation was my favorite.  My father would take us early morning down to a place we called the grove to eat our donuts.  We’d sit in the car watching the morning fog drift off the lake.  We called this place Twin Lakes, and it was our spot.  Later on in life, after setting up a business, and having kids own this was my vacation spot.   I would come up to Twin Lakes with my kids every summer and they loved it.

Every family needs to have a house in a small town like this.  The cost of maintaining a home is very low because of how many times its split.  The cost was split about 12 ways, and each family member did their fair share. Continue reading “Small Town Vacation”

Haggling 101

The Route to Traveling on a Budget

Haggling, or as Wikipedia calls it “Bargaining”.  In an excerpt from Wikipedia located at Wikipedia Bargaining they refer Haggling as “is a type of negotiation in which the buyer and seller of a good or service debate the price and exact nature of a transaction.”  This type of negotiation is key to keeping your bank accounts high and the money coming out of your pockets low.

How to Haggle (and save money)

  1. Don’t seem too interested.  “I kind of like this one” is my go to line.
  2. Let them sell you on the product.  Don’t confuse this with letting them actually sell you the product, but rather let them “sell” you on the benefits of having such product.  This allows them to get their time invested in you.
  3. Try to wait for them to tell you how much it is, but a price doesn’t come up quick then ask.
  4. Take that price, then counter offer with 1/5 of the original price.  Example: If a guy in Haiti offers a mask for you for $65, offer him $13 bucks for it. Continue reading “Haggling 101”

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel was one of my personal favorite destinations because of how inexpensive it was.  Similar to Haiti the locals were very easy to haggle with.  If you haven’t read my post on haggling than that’s an absolute must.  Click here to go back to my post on how to haggle; haggling is essential to traveling on a budget.  The only thing in Mexico is that they constantly try to sell you marijuana!  Constantly is a understatement because I’ve had over 25 people try to sell pot to me over the course of the my trip.  We spend 1 day there.

Don’t be mistaken – pot isn’t actually legal there.  I don’t think the authorities will send you to jail, but I would test it.  If you love to get high for cheap then Mexico is definitely your spot!  My wife and I are more into adventures than sitting around getting smashed or high.  Enough about that garbage though.  Lets focus on how to save you cash.

Eat Cheap in Mexico

The trip that we took was part our cheap cruise through Royal Caribbean.  It was an amazing experience.  We had our first turtle burger which was so delicious!  One thing you’ll notice right off the bat if you look the part of a foreigner is that the price that you may goes up significantly for everything.  The turtle burger place actually gave us menus with more expensive prices than that of the locals.  Noticing the less expensive menu while heading towards the bathroom was quite surprising.  Surprising nonetheless their policy made a lot of sense. Continue reading “Cozumel, Mexico”

Haiti

Doesn’t this look like a great place to go on a vacation?

Haiti – Top Affordable Destination

Our Royal Caribbean cruise line actually bought part of Haiti.  They literally bought a section of Haiti.  Royal Caribbean made this deal without one care about Haiti’s situation.  Following the sealing of the deal the folks over at R.C. decided to turn it into the vacation destination of your dreams.  Some people may look at that as sinful or wrong.  Other people look at it like a natural entrepreneurial idea of expansion.  While I was there I didn’t see a one pissed off Haitian despite what job they had to do from picking up vacationers garbage to cleaning toilets.

IcebergThe whole resort was Haitians, and they ran it like clock work.  They had a massive pool topped off with an inflatable obstacle course that was a blast.  These obstacles were huge!  I’m talking 15-20 feet high.  It was an athlete’s paradise; however my wife struggled to even get on one!  She said later that she still had a blast recording me doing flips off of these different inflatables. Continue reading “Haiti”

Hawaii

Hawaii

Far from Cheap

You’re 100% right for assuming that Hawaii is far from cheap.  As far as inexpensive vacations go, Hawaii shouldn’t even make the cut.  However, its almost certain that everyone wants to go there.  The place is phenomenal!  I would always say to my wife while we were there that it was so “american-ized” and she would reply “well it is part of America!”  She is one funny gal.  You think with the culture there that it wouldn’t be so much like the states.  Honestly its not, when we got past Waikiki which is pictured above there was a whole lot more to the essence of Hawaii.

Waikiki is an amazing destination if you like the city, and want to learn how to surf.  However its basically like Hawaii’s NYC.  It’s crowded, busy, and very expensive.  We stayed at a hotel which was $275 a night so we were sure that it was on the beach.  Sure enough the AAA travel guide totally butchered that one.  We were’t far, but we certainly weren’t on the beach.  I know what you’re thinking – what does this have to do with saving money?

One word – Maui. Continue reading “Hawaii”

Cheap Destinations

cheap

Cheapest Destinations

Barcelona

Cheap, but good.  Similar to the picture above.  My wife says its fine, but I know it looks terrible.  The picture is actually a great lead into the point of this post.  The point is that the picture above is cheap, but it does it job.  We stayed a place in Barcelona for $52 a night.  The place stunk, and we kept taking selfies for Facebook with ridiculous captions.  Like “I hope my kidney is still here tomorrow” or “6 hours in, and we haven’t got mugged.. high five”.  That room I will never forget.  You could smell the odor of weed & febreeze from down the hallway.  It was worth every bit of that $52.  The second we ventured out of the asylum we found ourselves in walking distance of cheap but good food!

We spend the night at a bar about 2 blocks away slamming 1 Euro shots the entire night.  We did about 17 shots with a less than 20 euro bill.  It was a blast, and they were good too.  Apparently the real Abstinse is legal there in Barcelona.  You think 151, or moonshine has a kick…  Wait until you head on over to Barcelona.

Hawaii

Imported everything… doesn’t that ring a bell?

Peru

Peru was mighty cheap as well.  Not because we were staying with my wife’s sister the whole time, but rather because its a 3rd world country.  Everything was cheap there.  We went to a local market, and I got a fresh ceviche for $2. Of course there is one major draw back to the fact that its a super cheap.  The draw back in particular is that there is serious crime.  I was instructed not to hang my hand out the window because my watch would get stolen.  Who the hell would steal a timex?  It’s a cheap plastic thing, but it does its job. Continue reading “Cheap Destinations”

Cruising on the Budget

cruise ship

Cruising on a Budget

Cruises can be the biggest bang for your buck.  These multiple destination vacations are awesome.  I know there might be some of you that are inclined to say otherwise because of sea sickness.  I totally understand that you get motion sick.  I get motion sickness worse than you!

  1. If I’m not driving I need to either fall asleep or get behind the wheel
  2. I once did a Shark Expedition on a boat, and the closest I got was puking on the sharks.  Pretty cool that they ate it though!
  3. Roller coasters are out
  4. Merry go rounds are just nightmares waiting to unfold
  5. I need to take massive amounts of Dramamine to get on a plane
  6. I need to take even more Dramamine to get into a taxi
  7. I drove to my wedding so I wouldn’t be sick from riding in a limo

Motion Sickness Eliminated

You heard that right!  I know your excited, but skeptical.  I was skeptical too until I heard from multiple people about this cure for motion sickness.  Sea Bands!  They are super lame, and a make you look like Richard Simmons.  I’d wear the wig the whole cruise if I needed to!  My wife convinced me to wear them instead of slamming tabs of Dramamine worse than a oxi-codin addict.  They are like $7, and worth $700.  Only motion sickness I got the whole cruise was when we started drinking.

Unlimited Appetite Quenched

I am regarded as a never ending hole.  My wife constantly complains about our grocery bill.  Even as I write this she is standing over my shoulder saying that she should be the one writing this article.  On top of it I’m a big health nut so everything is more expensive.  One unique thing on a cruise that not many people fully understand is that crew members cannot say “NO”.  You heard that right. Continue reading “Cruising on the Budget”