Surviving a 10 Day Budget Trip to Vancouver and Seattle with Friends

We decided to make flags for our kayaking trip so we can pretend to claim an island for ourselves (too poor to buy one!). We then raced with our friends to the nearest island and lost.
We decided to make flags for our kayaking trip so we can pretend to claim an island for ourselves (too poor to buy one!). We then raced with our friends to the nearest island and lost. Oh well!

Last July/August, my husband and I traveled with some friends to Vancouver, BC, Canada and Seattle, Washington for 10 days. We originally planned this trip to attend our close friends’ Seattle wedding but we decided to visit Vancouver first since one of our friends had family there. This was the first time my husband and I traveled with friends so we often joked with each other that we wouldn’t survive the trip. We’re still alive and are all still friends! 😛 We had a lot of fun planning and traveling together but we had to work extra hard to communicate better and be accommodating with each other since we were together for almost 24/7.

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10 Ways We Saved Money Visiting Japan

Early sakura blooming at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Early sakura blooming at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Japan is one of my favorite countries to visit because of the blend of tradition and modern. I traveled there several times when I was younger as a short term exchange student but never as a regular tourist with a budget. Our trip last April was our honeymoon and my husband’s first visit to Japan. We spent 15 days in Japan: stuffing our faces in Osaka, seeing the traditional Japanese culture and architecture in Kyoto, experiencing sensory overload and hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Tokyo, and playing in the snow in Niigata. We spent around $4,000 total for the both of us, which includes airfare, accommodations, transportation, food, and miscellaneous expenses.

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