The dust has settled, the jet lag has been beaten back (well, for me – Sarah might still be working on it) and we are adjusting to life-as-normal back in Birmingham. Our trip was a great adventure and a grand success – we kept waiting for something to go wrong – the rental car tire to go flat, missing a flight, losing a passport – but nothing on this trek went bottom up, and I am super thankful for that.
This trip was planned on a relatively skinny budget, and one of the reasons I am doing this financial recap is because I want everyone to fully understand just how attainable travel is, especially when you use handy-dandy points! I’m going to dive into the finances of our trip – specifically, everything we paid as it related to 3 different categories – flights, accommodation and car rental. These three categories contain the three biggest costs of (probably) any trip and the ones that can be most easily offset by either using points or strategic maneuvering.
I did not include food, excursions or any random costs, like the Pride & Prejudice book I bought at a Salvation Army in Queenstown for a good flight read (Update: watched movies the whole time, didn’t even touch the book). Costs like these can fluctuate situationally for people – Sarah and I tend to run to a grocery store as soon as we get somewhere and stock up on bread, cold cuts, and fruit + veggies for meals. Sometimes this is difficult, like instant-coffee-every-morning kind of hard, but we were gone for 21 days, so either Hobbiton or eating out was going to get the boot, and I like to think I made the right decision 🙂
Alright, so let’s get ready to dive in. Three categories – flights, accommodations and rentals – and I’ll be including a running tab of what our actual cost would have been, so you can compare how well points worked out for us on this trip.…