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Travel Time

Who doesn’t love to travel? Saying “I like traveling” is like saying “I like kittens.” Nearly everyone does. I love kitten and I love to travel, I just don’t do it nearly enough.

Here is where I have gone so far this year:

Palo Alto and San Luis Obispo – Feb

Palo Alto – April

Las Vegas – June

Las Vegas – August

Las Vegas – September

Seattle – October

Typical trips for a single, Los Angeles Woman in her 20s. Partying and hanging out with friends and meeting guys. Cheap, short trips that allow me to not miss a day of work and not hurt my bank account too much.

There might have been a little too much Vegas. But I don’t gamble much so I don’t drop as much money as most people do. I just find it easier to go out clubbing there with the multiple room clubs, walking distance venues, and not having to buy rounds of drinks since most people have the money to cover themselves.  I would easily spend just as much during a weekend in LA as I would in Vegas, but it would be way less fun.

Early last year my friend lil’ Christina and I made a pact. We were going to go out of town to see one of our favorite bands – Weezer. We are headed to Seattle this weekend to watch them play in what we figure might be their last tour (frankly, their last tour should have been after Maladroit since the last two albums have been so horrible).

Now it’s October. I haven’t had any trips other trips planned. I was hoping for a full vacation in November. I haven’t started saving and the only place I could think of going on my own was France. Problem: I’ve been there multiple times and I really want to go to Asia or South America – but those aren’t trips to do on your own.

So what’s next?

Trying something new: planning far in advance and going on a big trip with plent of time to save and plan.


Thank You Sallie Mae!

Sallie Mae and I aren’t good friends. I think it has something to do with me owing her a lot of money in federal college loans.

However, we have a problem. I planned a few trips too many in the next 6 weeks and I’m being kicked off the family cellphone plan I’m on. This means a lot of expenses in a short period of time. What is a woman to do?

Take some continuing education classes! I’ve been meaning to take some extra classes to keep myself occupied and learn new things. By doing this my payments are getting deffered to end of term. It’s a win-win situation! I’ll get to take classes, which total to much less than one loan payment. I’ll also continue to pay the interest and what of the principal I can afford, but I’ll be able to also have extra money for these major expenses coming up soon.