Despite Iceland being an expensive travel destination, there are plenty of ways to save money on your trip. In this episode, I share an excerpt from my Iceland travel guide Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure. Follow along by reading pages 40 to 43. Tips include making the most out of happy hour specials in Reykjavík, why you should avoid using bottles of water (drink from the tap) and how visiting off-season can save you money in Iceland.
About Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure
Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure was the #1 New Release in Iceland & Greenland Travel on Amazon in August and September 2019.
From what to pack to things to do in Iceland, this travel guide shares how to plan an affordable, adventurous, and culturally enriching trip to Iceland.
Written with black women in mind, it also encourages black women and other people of color to visit Iceland and experience Iceland’s incredible landscape, unique foods, and rich culture.
The recording of this episode was sponsored by NEFE at #FinCon19.
Damien Peters is a personal finance nerd and former Facebook Product Manager who started Wealth Noir to help others build wealth and gain financial freedom. He actively invests in stocks and enjoys real estate investing. Damien currently lives in Valencia, Spain with his wife and 2-year-old son.
In this episode we cover:
What it means to build wealth and why it is important.
Why Damien chose to move to Valencia, Spain with his family.
The factors he considered when picking a location to move abroad including healthcare, cost of living, average temperature, political economy, safety, and more.
How moving abroad has helped him build wealth.
Recommended resources for those thinking about moving abroad and becoming an expat.
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Welcome friends! I’m back with Season 2 of The Thought Card Podcast. For this upcoming season, we have some incredible guests lined up and I’ll be detailing my travels as well as my money story. In this episode, I recap my summer and share what I’ve been up to during my four-month podcasting break.
What I’ve been up to lately?
#1 I published my first book, an Iceland travel guide called Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure. In this book, I share how to plan an affordable, adventurous and culturally enriching trip to Iceland. If you’re interested in traveling to Iceland, grab a copy on Amazon!
#3 I co-hosted Podthon ’19 with the Lee Uehara, Founder of Asian American Podcasters. Podton is a virtual summit for podcasters featuring 18 speakers, bonus episodes, and worksheets. If you’re interested in podcasting, I highly recommend getting the All Access Pass.
#4 During the summer months, I’ve been a featured guest on over 10 podcasts. Check out the full list of podcasts down below.
#5 We spent a week in Orlando visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. I can see why so many people are obsessed with Disney. We loved it and had a wonderful time. I can’t say enough great things about Epcot.
#6 What’s new for the podcast? Moving forward, each season will have 10 to 12 episodes. Episodes will continue to be a mix of solo episodes as well as interviews with inspiring guests who have interesting money stories.
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Travel blogger by day and Physician by night, Nadeen White is an award-winning travel and lifestyle blogger, and Amazon bestselling author. Her affordable luxury travel blog The Sophisticated Life focuses on affordable luxury travel, destination guides, culinary travel and wine. In this episode we chat about how to afford more luxurious travel experiences.
A special thank you to Kenny Lee Young for the outro featured on this episode. Kenny Lee Young is a singer-songwriter out of Colorado and his music can be found at www.kennyleeyoung.com.
In this episode we cover:
The common misconceptions about luxury travel
How we can travel more luxuriously on a budget
Tips for picking the best food experiences while traveling
How Nadeen balances her career, blogging and traveling
In this episode, Cody Berman shares how you can optimize your finances and take advantage of travel hacking to travel inexpensively. He shares simple tips for signing up for your first travel rewards credit card and the important things to watch out for.
Cody Berman is a 20-something year old entrepreneur on the road to financial independence.
At the age of 22, he quit his corporate banking job to pursue entrepreneurship full time. He is passionate about designing a life that you love while simultaneously dominating your finances.
In this episode we cover:
The best starter credit cards for travel hacking beginners
The Capital One Venture credit card benefits we love:
2x miles on every dollar
Earn 10x miles at Hotels.com
$0 intro for the first year and $95 after that
$100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck
No foreign transaction fees
Points easy to redeem
What happens when you don’t meet the minimum spend
Some ways to help you meet the minimum spend
Get an authorized user
Tips for getting the best redemptions when using points and miles
What is travel hacking?
Travel hacking is when you take advantage of credit card rewards to travel inexpensively or free.
The most common way to travel hack is to take advantage of credit card sign up bonuses. For example, when you sign up for a new credit card and spend $3,000 in three months, you get 50,000 points which is equivalent to $500 in free travel.
Which credit card do you recommend for tracking having newbies?
My favorite credit card for someone just getting started is the Capital One Venture credit card.
The sign-up bonus might change but with the Capital One Venture credit card, you earn 75,000 points when you spend $5,000 within the first three months of opening the card.
At $0.01 per point, that means you get $750 in travel credit.
With that travel credit, you can wipe out anything coded as “travel”. This includes Airbnb stays, Uber rides, car rentals, airfare, hotel stays and more.
Award Hacker – Free tool to help search for the best award flights.
Airbnb – Book unique homes and experiences around the world.
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It’s no secret that Iceland is one of my favorite travel destinations. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Iceland three times and as I wrap up writing my first book, an Iceland travel guide for adventure seekers, I figured I would share some quick tips for visiting Iceland on the podcast.
In this episode, my best friend and I share our thoughts on visiting Iceland for the first time (Sosa) and third time (me). We also recap touring Iceland’s Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is one of the most popular routes in Southern Iceland. Don’t miss the must-see attractions like Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park – where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are shifting apart and the roaring Gullfoss waterfall.
Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Efstidalur 2 (farm) for homemade Icelandic ice cream
Feed Icelandic horses
Why go on bus tours instead of renting a car in Iceland?
I know a lot of people recommend renting a car in Iceland but honestly, I don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to.
During my three trips to Iceland, I never rented a car. I’ve only done bus tours.
Each bus tour is dynamic – you learn about the Icelandic culture, the people and the unique things about the region you’re visiting.
On bus tours you also don’t have worry about navigating the roads. The roads in Iceland are really narrow, so narrow that if a tour bus is coming at you, you have to go off the road to let the bus pass. Driving in Iceland could be quite dangerous so take the necessary precautions.
Lastly, bus tours are economical. We got so much value out of our group tours. For the Golden Circle Tour, we boarded the bus at 11:30 a.m. and didn’t get back until 7:30 p.m.
We had a full day of sightseeing!
Where to book your Golden Circle Tour?
We booked our guided Golden Circle Tour with Reykjavik Sightseeing.
Our classic tour cost 6,990 ISK or $60 USD per person.
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Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island only 40 miles from Venezuela. Known for its colorful capital, voluptuous ChiChi souvenirs, blend of cultures and picturesque beaches, Curaçao is the perfect destination for those seeking culture, delicious food, and relaxation. Curaçao has been on my travel wish list for a while and I’m so excited to share that I finally got a chance to visit. In this episode, I recap my trip to Curaçao and share tips for planning an affordable Curaçao vacation.
In this episode we cover:
Where to stay in Willemstad, Curaçao
Languages spoken in Curaçao
Things to do in Curaçao
Ways to save money on your trip
Tipping culture in Curaçao
Why travel during Spring?
Spring is one of my favorite times to travel.
Not only do you get to enjoy the warm weather but if you travel before and after the Spring Break crowds, you will likely find good travel deals.
My favorite times to travel are between April and May.
How much did my flights cost to Curaçao?
Flying with JetBlue was the most affordable way to fly from New York City to Curaçao.
I used my JetBlue TrueBlue points to redeem a round-trip flight from New York City to Curaçao for $65 USD (taxes and fees only).
What languages are spoken in Curaçao?
Curacaons speak several languages including:
Papiamento (Creole language) – spoken more than written
Dutch – official language spoken in Curaçao
What currency to use in Curaçao?
The Netherlands Antillean Guilder (NAFI) is the national currency of Curaçao.
You can also use US Dollars.
If you’re coming from the U.S., there is no need to exchange your money, just bring some cash with you.
Major credit cards are also accepted widely accepted on the island.
Should I tip in Curaçao?
Tips are greatly appreciated in Curaçao.
It’s customary to tip taxi drivers and restaurant waitstaff 10%.
Be mindful that some places include a “service charge” in your bill which is equivalent to a tip.
Tips for saving money in Curaçao
Bring cash with you to avoid ATM fees (credit cards are widely accepted in Curaçao)
Stay at a centrally-located hotel like Curacao Suites Hotel which offers free breakfast and free parking
Rent a car only if you want to explore outside the city center – Willemstad is a walkable city
Buses (9-person vans) cost $2 USD cash
Overall I had a wonderful time exploring Willemstad and I hope that you will consider visiting Curaçao sometime soon!
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