We’re nearing the end of week 11 of our family’s 12-week study abroad in Spain. One of the challenges we worked through was the logistics of getting a family of eight from city to city, all without renting a car. As I planned and bought each segment of our travel, I felt like I was… Continue reading Ticket to Ride: Spain!
During our family’s study abroad in Spain, one logistic I took on was getting cash for minor purchases that couldn’t be done via credit card. My goal was to avoid paying excessive foreign exchange or ATM fees. P2P Exchange Rates – 0% The first stop on the road to cash was a little unexpected. After… Continue reading Avoid Foreign ATM Fees Using Fidelity’s Cash Management Account
During our 12-week trip to Spain, we’ll be staying in a variety of locations and a variety of Airbnb stays. In fact, it will be a total of nine Airbnb stays. Why Airbnb? Our primary goal on our trip is to embed ourselves into the Spanish culture. Airbnb stays are often operated by local individuals… Continue reading Experiencing Airbnb Stays
In a previous post, I mentioned that we leveraged credit card signup bonuses to lower the cost of getting to Spain. So, how did we do it? Planning Ahead My first step was to give ourselves plenty of time to get signup bonuses that we leverage into airline tickets. I started with the plan of… Continue reading Cheap Travel Using Credit Card Signup Bonuses
Finding and buying cheap airline tickets for a large family to Spain was a thrill ride: nerve wracking at times followed by an exhilarating rush once the tickets were secured. With tickets in hand, it was super fun to ask people to guess how much we paid. No one guessed the answer: $600 for a… Continue reading Round trip tickets to Spain for only $75!
We’re on day 25 of our 81 day trip to Spain, a 12-week family study abroad. When I tell people that all eight of us–me, my wife, and The Six–are going to Spain for almost twelve weeks–a family “study abroad”, if you will–after getting over the initial shock, they ask a myriad of questions: What… Continue reading A 12-Week Family Study Abroad