Roundup: Jet-Setting, Tax Refunds, and Saving for Travel

by Nora Dunn on March 31, 2011

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Despite an autumn chill in the air (causing the mornings and evenings to be cool), the sun is still shining lots and the afternoons are full of warmth. And although by my Canadian standards winter in New Zealand is a walk in the park, my permanent mission to avoid winter means I’m starting to look north – to the northern hemisphere! Although I have no official plans, my plan(!) is to spend the summer in Canada. I’m starting to itch to book my plane tickets before all the frequent flyer mile seats are gone. (And you’d better believe I’m going business class all the way, baby).

The only thing left to be determined is where I’ll go between New Zealand and Canada. Possibly a layover for a few weeks in Hawaii to stay with friends or do a yoga retreat? Or house-sitting somewhere in Europe? I’m open to all sorts of options, so if you have any suggestions for something I can do for a few weeks in June, I’m all ears.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy writing. Check out the articles below to learn some alternatives to flying, options for your tax refund, a series on Saving for Travel, and a heap of great mentions and interviews with other sites!



Wise Bread

Alternatives to Flying: Other Ways to Get From Here to There

Flying isn’t always the only way to go. You might be able to save time, money, and aggravation on your next trip with these alternatives to flying.


Care One

Splurge or Save? A Tax Refund Dilemna

Do you get a tax refund each year? If you do, what do you do with it: splurge it or save it? Here are some things to think about, and an analysis of the best use of a hypothetical $500 refund.


Capital One

A while back I wrote a couple of article series for Capital One’s Endangered Savers, a site and community dedicated to smart savers (or people who want to become smart savers). Here is the first three parts of my Saving for Travel series:

Setting Your Travel Goals and Starting to Save (Part 1 of 5)

Budgeting for Your Travel Needs (Part 2 of 5)

How to Book – and Save On – Travel Arrangements (Part 3 of 5)



Profiles & Shout Outs

Mariellen at BreatheDreamGo published a guest post by Caryn FitzGerald, the author of her latest book (in which I was profiled) called Living the Life of My Dreams. I’m so grateful for the inspiration that Caryn derives from the leap of faith I made four years ago to sell everything and travel full-time. She writes beautifully; check it out!

Inspiration for Living Your Dreams


The National Gallery of Victoria in Australia recently commissioned a photo I took of Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains as part of an exhibition they are featuring with paintings of the Snowy Mountains in the late 1800’s. You can see my picture featured in the exhibition under The Scene Today.

National Gallery of Victoria: Eugene Von Guerard Exhibition


Nick at Rockstar Travel recently asked me and seven other prominent travel bloggers for their top money-saving tips. There’s a variety of good tips in there, and I agree with all of them!

Top 8 Money Saving Tips from Travel Bloggers


Lastly, I gave the Gypsygals a few tips for how to save money for travel, keep your eye on the ball, and reduce your expenses on the road. It explores both practical tips as well as theories on how men and women address their finances. Enjoy!

Q&A: How to Save Money for your Dream Vacation

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Frank - Cradle Mountain - Tasmania May 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm

God you pop up everywhere….even the NGV website! Well done

xxxx

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theprofessionalhobo May 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

@Frank – Really? What’s my claim to fame on NGV? I’m curious….

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Frank - Cradle Mountain - Tasmania May 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Mmm, been drinking again Nora? :-0

See above:
The National Gallery of Victoria in Australia recently commissioned a photo I took of Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains as part of an exhibition they are featuring with paintings of the Snowy Mountains in the late 1800’s. You can see my picture featured in the exhibition under The Scene Today.

xxxxxx

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theprofessionalhobo May 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Um…yeah….okay. Tee-hee. I guess that was a truly “blonde” moment for me – which is strange for a red-head! It’s all these bloody acronyms….somehow I was thinking of NPR, not to be confused with NDP or NGV or NCD. Or OCD, or VCR, or…. :-)

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