It’s time to cue the “New Year, New Me” posts, where we resolve to finally shed those pounds, save money, or break those nasty habits. Trying to fit traveling into these resolutions may seem far-fetched, but there are a few easy ways to travel more this new year to have you relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean or hiking through Machu Picchu in no time.
You’ve just arrived home after the vacation of a lifetime and you feel revitalized, relaxed, and possibly a little jet-lagged. Now it’s time to unpack, do laundry, buy groceries, and get ready to return to the office. If you are anything like me, the thought of going back to work after a refreshing holiday can ruin your good vibes. After years of traveling, I have a few strategies to get back to my work groove.
How much can you expect to spend in Chicago?
The most important thing to consider when traveling is your budget, especially when you are going to a notoriously expensive place. When I plan my trips, I look for others’ spending reports to get an idea of how much to save for spending money, but I rarely found detailed information about how much a trip could cost.
To help my fellow travelers, here is a snapshot of our expenses for our six-day trip to Chicago in August 2018.
Planning a trip but don’t know where to start? Need help figuring out how to structure your daily itinerary? You’re in the right place!
Due to my Type-A personality, I have the tendency to overthink and overanalyze, which leads to trips that are fast-paced without room for error. I made this mistake on our first few trips, and we returned home exhausted as a result, rather than rejuvenated. Back in 2015, we went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for our first international trip. I managed to fit in ATV riding, tequila tasting, walking tours, swimming with dolphins, a cruise to the Rhythms of the Night show, and massages all within five days. Tired yet? I know we were!
After a few years, I’ve learned a few things about planning and managing trip itineraries.
Do you want to learn how to book a $20,000 trip for just $200?
I will take you through the steps to earn tons of valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points by using Chase credit cards. These points are arguably the most esteemed points in award travel because you can use them to book free flights, hotels, experiences, and more!
I started collecting credit card points in 2015 with the Sapphire Preferred credit card, and since then, I’ve expanded my wallet to the Freedom and Freedom Unlimited cards, Chase business cards, and their partner-branded cards. I’ve used these points to book:
- Two round-trip economy flights to:
- Paris and Madrid
- Cabo San Lucas
- Las Vegas
- Disney World
- Los Angeles for an NFL playoff game
- Five nights at the Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop
- And two round-trip business class flights, and Marriott and Hyatt hotels in South Africa and Tokyo, priced at over $20,000!