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We Won Honeymooning in Paris

Paris is captivating, and a great place to honeymoon. We were able to travel to this amazing city for under $1500 for 8 days. In this episode, I'm dishing all my Paris money saving tips for all you future honeymooners.Paris, The City of Love

It’s been three years to the day that we got married, and Jeff and I wanted to share our Paris trip with you. We went on what we lovingly call a “pre-honeymoon” before we got married, because, why not!

While you might count Paris out because it’s seemingly too expensive, we were able to travel to Paris for eight nights for just under $1500 total. While we didn’t stay at a charming 5-star hotel, we did rent a fantastic Airbnb rental in one of my favorite arrondissements. Paris’ neighborhoods are broken down into arrondissements, and each one has a little different flair. The 6th, 3rd, and 4th arrondissement are my favs.

How to Afford Paris

To start, we used airline miles to fly there and saved on paying for bags. We got access to the Club Lounge with our Citi AAdvantage Credit Card, which was a nice perk. We negotiated with two different Airbnb rentals and ended up getting an apartment for 15% less than advertised, plus one free night. The total cost for our scrumptious apartment rental was 700 euros for eight nights.

We skipped many of the overpriced restaurants and opted for cute bistros with prix fixe menus. For breakfast, we found a local bakery that makes good jambon formage (ham and cheese) sandwiches, which cost us 6 euros total for both sandwiches. We splurged on a few outrageous dinners, and had to make a stop at my favorite steak frites restaurant, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte.

If you’re lucky enough to be there on the 1st Sunday of the month, you can get in free to many museums around Paris. That’s a huge saving on the wallet. Other than museums, just walking around and checking out the local culture is amusement enough.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • Travel writer, Jeff Game, and I dish all things Paris and why it was the perfect spot for our honeymoon
  • We talk about how we were able to afford Paris for under $1500
  • Learn about some of our favorite places to visit
  • Debunk the myth that Parisians are all “mean”

There’s been some bad news coming out of Paris this last year. I have to admit; the terrorist attacks can make you want to take it off your travel list. I urge you not to. It’s is a beautiful city, filled with so much wonder, that you must simply explore it. In my opinion, life is way too short to start second guessing adventures.

Get out there – explore – you can do it on any budget!

Paris song credit: Le Temps De L’Amour

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50 Jobs in 50 States: Interview with Heath & Alyssa Padgett

50 Jobs in 50 States: How to Have an Unconventional CareerWould you trade your job to travel in an RV with your spouse…and film it? Heath & Alyssa Padgett said yes for their new documentary, Hourly America.

When Heath & Alyssa Padgett got married, they decided they didn’t want the traditional honeymoon. Instead, they ditched their 9-5 jobs and headed out on an adventure in a tiny RV named Franklin. Heath & Alyssa traveled to 50 states and did one job in each state while Alyssa filmed the journey for their documentary, Hourly America.

While you might be thinking, “Sure, that’s easy to do if you have a trust fund,” they are quick to share all of their financial lessons from along the road, including the fact that they had to become quick entrepreneurs to fund this journey. What started as a unique honeymoon adventure has turned into a budding business for these two who continue to live and travel in their RV.

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Heath & Alyssa are in the final stages of putting together their documentary and have turned to us to help fund Hourly America. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see this go mainstream. I can’t imagine how a newly married couple could live in an RV for over a year, let alone add in the pressures to film, work and document their life.Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 1.54.34 PM

Hopefully, their story inspires you to take a risk and not settle for the status-quo. If there’s a dream career you’ve been wishing for, today is the day to chase after it. Take a risk, be brave, try something new…and ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” My guess is that you’ll probably uncover hidden talents that you possess and a whole new world that was waiting for you to discover!

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How to Save Tons Traveling During the Holidays

How To Save TravelingAccording to a survey by Hotwire, one-third of millennials plan to travel in 2015, and the millennial generation has set aside a whopping $226 billion dollars to do so. There’s something about us millennials, we love to travel. Do you think it’s because we are restless and always on the move? Whatever the reason is, we are planning on spending a ton of money to “go places” this year, and most of us plan to use those dollars for end-of-the-year holiday travel. But you’re probably just like me and would rather travel more and spend less, right? The question is, how do you save tons traveling during the holidays?

As much as I’d like to take credit for coming up with some genius ways to save money when traveling, I simply can’t. There aren’t any top-secret secrets that I have, except that what I’ve learned over the years has been from trial and error, and believing that there is always a way to do what I love and spend less money. That doesn’t mean I’m cheap, or that I don’t like to stay at luxury hotels. No, no, don’t get me wrong. I love to fancy hotels, great beds, and those fluffy robes just like you do. (more…)

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