You may have noticed the lack of spending posts around here, worry not my friends I AM still keeping track of every penny in YNAB ! …. but I haven’t kept track of every expense for the blog. For some reason it just takes me a long time to sit down and record that stuff.

So, instead of a spending report I’m going to let you know how I’ve arranged my finances for my holiday. (Accountability yo)

The Plan

It’s less than a week until I leave and I’m so excited but also nervous. I’ll be spending almost two full weeks in my home country The Netherlands and possibly a weekend in Denmark. (still to be finalized) I’m VERY excited to see my friends and I’m looking forward to seeing my family, notably my grandparents, but I’m also a little sad because it may be the last time I see them considering their age. (Because of that I’ve half decided to begin saving right away for another trip back next summer, I think it’s worth it to save up for that)

My ticket cost me $857 for a return ticket from Halifax to Amsterdam, which is a pretty darn good deal! Condor has recently begun offering great deals on these airfares so check them out if you’re interested in hopping across the ocean! Acquaintances got their tix for about $650 return to Frankfurt, not bad! I snagged my ticket back in June but there may still be a few deals to be had for October.

Taking care of business at home

I leave on Monday Sept 12th and I’ve figured out that if I split the pay that I get on the 9th in 2 and put each half in one checking account, it should cover all my direct withdrawal bills from those accounts until September 27th, when I get back – so I won’t have to worry about checking in on those at all!

And the fun part; spending money!

I’ve missed you!

I’ll get two checks WHILE I’m away which I intend to mostly use for my expenses there, it means I’ve CAPPED my expenses to the limit of those two checks and it’s split in two – one check for each week.  Although I haven’t exactly figured out yet how to get them deposited (I don’t get direct deposit) I may have to ask a family member to do that for me. I have figured out where I can use my bankpass to get cash and what it’s going to cost me. (Screw that credit-card markup!)

I snagged a Eurail pass for some unlimited 5 day train-travel in BENELUX, which will get me from the airport to my friend’s place and a few trips up to see my family and I’m expecting to still spend a bit on top of that for trains/buses/trams and the like. My friend has a car so I won’t have to public transit-it all.

Considering that I spent a good portion of my secondary school public-transitting-it-up I’m pretty familiar with the system and it should get me to where I need to go! Aside from transportation I have mostly free lodging so I don’t need to worry about that and the rest of my cash will just be spent on the occasional souvenir, (for the people here in Canada) entry fees or grocery runs and eating out. I have about a $2,400 budget for the whole trip, after you take away my ticket that means I’ve got about $1,543CAD to take along… that’s likely more than I will use so I’m good to go!

Eek! It’s been a while since I’ve been back and I’m curious how things are, I live a very different life here now in Canada. Much more laid back and very rural. The pace of life, the people, the clothing, everything is so different. I miss the culture and the people honestly, I’m curious how I’ll feel halfway through the trip. Will I feel stifled and want to come back? or will my old home feel like home again? Lots of questions. Time will tell and of course, I’ll keep you up to date.

Now, enough about me. How bout you, do you have any cool trips coming up, any dream vacations you’re saving for… family that live in cool places like… hawaii or somewhere tropical? Tell tell!

PS: I am still looking for  a guest-post or two to line up for while I am away from Sept 12 – 26, I can also postswap at a future date, up to you!

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