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Welcome to the blog of SAVINGFORTRAVEL! I now have 2 blogs: my newest-100 COUNTRIES BEFORE I AM 50 and my oldest, the faithful: SFT's LIFE AFTER MORTGAGE-which is in part about funding my travel experiences, the sealed pot challenge and this and that!

SAVING FOR TRAVEL


2014

APRIL: JAPAN

MAY: MALTA

AUGUST:RUSSIA

OCTOBER:MOROCCO

DECEMBER:VIETNAM, LAOS & THAILAND

2015

MARCH: ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

Saturday, 13 September 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-IT'S BACK! WITH A JAPAN GIVEAWAY


Google Images-Beautiful Buenos Aires!

Hi Everyone!

I was so blown away by the amazing comments you left on my blog during my absence and also how many of you have continued with your pots. 


Now it's time to continue with our Sealed Pot Sunday updates...

But before we do I have begun a new blog about my new travel challenge of 
visiting 100 countries before I am 50.

With 7 and a half years and 45 countries to go it is going to be a challenge but one that I really want to do.

So to launch the blog I am having a JAPANESE giveaway 


These goodies are all from JAPAN:
A writing pad
Bookmarks
Postcards
A pretty decoration which I would use on my Christmas tree

All you have to do is join or leave a comment on the new blog. 

If you do both I'll put your name in the pot twice.

http://349sfttoseetheworldchallenge.blogspot.co.uk

(you may have to paste the link into a search)


I have chosen light items so I can send the package worldwide.
(By the way I will also enter the people who have already joined/left comments :)

SEALED POT UPDATE

Well first things first. The bad news is we did open the pot in the summer. Don't ask. But it was the right thing to do at the time. I needed some money (urgently) for my Russia trip and so it did go towards travel.

 The double good news is we have started a new one and we did keep going with the heptagonal challenge-and that tin must be at least half full. 

Another development is that there is NO WAY we will be able to go on our 2020 challenge. It just wouldn't be possible to leave our family for so long. They need us around. So instead I'm satisfying my travel lust with my new challenge.

Of course every penny counts for that challenge so my SEALED POTS are saving towards our spending money for OUR TRIP TO ARGENTINA and BRAZIL in March/April next year!

I have redecorated my pot which I will show next week. It has photos of Christ the redeemer/Igazu Falls/Sugar Loaf Mountain to inspire us. Trip highlights to come!


MY SEALED POT WEEK


Started with my lovely Mum giving us some of the gorgeous runner beans that she grows in her garden. I'm not sure what these would have cost so I've put £1 in the pot.



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I have decided that I will pay my pot for my free school lunches each day-£1 per day=£5. This is great value as we have a new chef who is wonderful. I would pay much more than £1 for his lunches.



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We used £25 worth of Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to pay for food for my Dad's 80th birthday buffet. 




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I was given an anniversary card for my Auntie and Uncle. So I have put £1 in the pot.

The money saved has gone into the sealed pot. Excellent! 

So total savings this week amount to £32
Plus £60 already in there=£92

£92/£1500-Looking at it like that there is a lot of saving to do!!

We have budgeted £260 for our lunches in South America so that leaves £168 to save.


Our heptagonal challenge tin is a complete mystery. We just aim to fill it up and add it to the the sealed pot when it's opened in December. 

Over to you-how is your SEALED POT CHALLENGE GOING????



Sft x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

I'M BACK!-SO IS SEALED POT SUNDAY-AND I HAVE A NEW CHALLENGE!

Hi Everyone!



Thank you so much for your lovely messages. I read every one and was so touched. But my family life got too tough to share for a little while.

Now I have had time to reflect. And set myself a new challenge-travel related of course. If you want to read about it-

http://349sfttoseetheworldchallenge.blogspot.co.uk

(Not sure why this link isn't working-please put this in as a search)

Just to let you know Sealed Pot Sunday will resume next Sunday. 

So get your savings hats on so we can share our progress then.


Take care my lovely blogging buddies!

Sft x

Judy-I have been checking in.
Suze-Sorry I've been distant for a while.

Monday, 5 May 2014

TAKING A LITTLE BREAK FROM BLOGGING.....

Hi Everyone!

I'm having a little break from blogging. May not be too long i hope!

Please continue to fill up your sealed pots and I'm sure I'll back long before we open them together.

A special hug and kiss to Judy. I'll be thinking of you daily. Keep up your positivity!

Big Hugs

Sft x

Sunday, 27 April 2014

NEW PLANS AFOOT & PLEASE LEAVE YOUR SEALED POT UPDATES!"

Hi Everyone!

I haven't disappeared off the face of the planet! 

I returned from Japan and have been hatching plans for my future and next challenge. 

The biggest decision we've made has been that we are no longer planning a 2020 adventure-it would have meant leaving family for far too long-which won't work. 

Instead we are planning more adventures over the following years. Some with be for Mr Sft and myself. Some I will do alone (which suits me-if I didn't enjoy travelling alone I would never have met Mr Sft in the first place!). All will be for the maximum of 2-3 weeks.

The sealed pot money for last year and this year will now go towards our new plans.

I am excited to hear what you have all been up to and will be posting lots of photos from our Japanese adventure. One of the most amazing countries I've ever visited!

Here's the first:


Sft x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 18 AND 19-LEAVE A COMMENT WHILST I'M OFF TO JAPAN!

Hi Everyone!



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Well in 30 mins we leave for the airport to take our overnight flight to Tokyo, Japan.

So it's over to you for your comments for SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 18 AND 19!

I will try to chuck some savings in a pot whilst we are away and then let you know how much when we arrive back. I have a feeling however that Japan will not be a cheap country.

Can't wait to share the highlights when we return!

  • 1
    Join tour in Tokyo

  • 2
    Walking tour through Tokyo's shrines and gardens

  • 3
    Free day in Tokyo or optional excursion to Kamakura

  • 4
    Boat ride on Lake Ashi; transfer to Hakone

  • 5
    Bullet train to Kyoto; explore the Geisha district

  • 6
    Free time to visit Kyoto's temples and zen gardens

  • 7
    At leisure in Kyoto

  • 8
    Reflect at Hiroshima Peace Park; train to Nagasaki

  • 9
    Take a walk though Dejima, Nagasaki's Dutch quarter

  • 10
    Train and ferry ride to Hirado Island

  • 11
    Full day to explore Hirado and Ikitsuki Islands

  • 12
    Sail among the '99 Islands' then travel to Fukuoka

  • 13
    Tour ends in Fukuoka


Sft x

Monday, 31 March 2014

SEALED POT MONDAY-WEEK 17-SORRY I'M LATE! HAD A LOVELY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AWAY.

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the lateness of this post. Mr Sft and I have been away for the weekend, celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary. We stayed in a blissful bed and breakfast. Our room was so pretty and our hostess left a tiny vase of primroses on the dressing table. We had gorgeous Molton Brown products in the bathroom too. There was a  gorgeous lounge with open fire to snuggle up in-which we did with our bottle of champagne on Saturday night. The breakfasts were amazing-I enjoyed the homemade granola with yoghurt, followed by smoked salmon and scrambled egg. And the cost was very reasonable too-£75 for both of us per night!

Highwoods Farm B and B           

It was good to get away and spend time with Mr Sft. 

We have been doing a bit of spending, getting ready for Japan. We leave on Sunday.

MY SEALED POT WEEK:

£2-SAVED NOT SPENT-On Friday I avoided buying sandwiches from the shops and ate at home instead.

£10-SAVED NOT SPENT-Could have gone for a meal out but spent the evening with Mr Sft as it was the actual day of our anniversary. We had a lovely home cooked meal instead.

HEXAGONAL CHALLENGE:

5 X 50ps 

4 X 20ps

NO SUGAR CHALLENGE
Continues to go well. I did drink champagne for our anniversary but that does count as a special occasion.


HOW WAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK?

Sft x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

SEALED POT WEEK 16-FINDING MY FOCUS AGAIN & LAUNCHING MY NEW BLOG: 40 AT 40!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to sheamacleod.com, my new follower! I hope you can leave a comment from time to time :)

As you know from my posts-life has thrown my family a few curved balls lately...I've kind of lost my saving mojo and felt a bit dispirited about things.

Last week I made a decision to re-focus and make some positive (travel) plans for the future. From this decision I've also created a new blog which I would love to share with you:

http://40greattravelexperiencesfromaged40.blogspot.co.uk/

My old faithful SFT blog will keep going and I hope receive a boost from what is going is being planned on my other blog too.

So back to the 2020 SEALED POT CHALLENGE......

My motivation photo this week is of animals at the NGORONGORO CRATER:



I am so excited about seeing this crater and of course the beautiful animals that live there. I have never been to Tanzania so this will be an exciting new country for me during the 2020 trip. 

MY HEXAGONAL CHALLENGE

2 X 50ps 
1 x 20p 

Gone into the pot today. As I said last week, the pot is getting heavy but has LOADS OF ROOM left in it.

MY SEALED POT WEEK
As I mentioned above I have been losing my saving mojo a bit but I did manage to save a little on food shopping this week:

£1.10 on yellow stickered bread
50p on yellow stickered sausages
75p on yellow stickered sausage rolls

Next week I will re focus on my travel goals and be thinking of some creative ways to save money!

NO SUGAR CHALLENGE
£2 gone into the purse this week. I have not allocated the money towards a goal yet, but I can guarantee it will be spent on an experience or towards an experience.


Thank you for your continued support. I'm off now to reply to your lovely comments.

Sft x