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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!View my complete profile

SAVING FOR TRAVEL

2014

APRIL: Country 54JAPAN

MAY: Country 55:MALTA

AUGUST: Country 56RUSSIA

OCTOBER:Country 57MOROCCO

DECEMBER:Country 58/59VIETNAM, LAOS&THAILAND

2015

MARCH: Country 60TUNISIA

JULY: Country 61/62 MALAYSIA &SINGAPORE

OCTOBER: Country 63 OMAN

2016

MARCH: Country 64 BRAZIL

JULY: Country 65/66/67/68TBCESTONIA,LATVIA,LITHUANIA,BELARUS&RUSSIA

DECEMBER: Country 69BURMA(MYANMAR)

Saturday, 31 January 2015

WEEK 8-SEALED POT SUNDAY-EXCELLENT PROGRESS TOWARDS BRAZIL 2015 SAVINGS!

Hi Everyone!

Our Challenge: As you know we are adding up our Sealed Pot savings each week to pay for our spending money in Brazil next year. Our hope is to have all of this in place by end of March, so we can move onto next travel challenge for our sealed pot!
WEEK 8 has gone very well for the sealed pot:

EXCURSIONS TO PAY FOR:
Visit Argentinian Falls: NOW PAID FOR! So happy!
Council Tax Free Money amounted to £116 so used £92 to pay for this.
=£100/£100

Bird Park: £24/£24-NOW PAID FOR! So happy!
Jan Food Budget Savings were £20.50
50p remaining taken from Council tax money leaving £23.50.

Rio-Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer):PROGRESS:£23.50/£86-Making good progress! Now need 62.50
Used the remaining money from Council Tax Savings.
February/March Food Budget Savings-Hope to save: £31.25 per month from our £100 budget.


Football Match: £18.00/£73-GOOD PROGRESS! (Hoping to save from School Dinner Savings
Heptagonal Challenge) I am not a huge Football fan but would love this experience.
School Dinner savings-£5
Savings from Free Eggs (given to us by lovely neighbours because Mr Sft helped them out with some lifting) 80p
Heptagonal Challenge: £1.60
2 x 50p and 3 x 20p (all from lovely Mr Sft)


Samba Show: £0/£86-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Theatre Tickets sales-Have put theatre tickets up for sale

Tipping:  £0/£120-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Our 2nd Council Tax-Free Month should cover most of this.


ALL PAID FOR LIST:
WHAT OUR PRESENT SEALED POT SAVINGS FROM 2014/2015 (so far) ARE GOING TOWARDS:
Brazil 2016
Paid for so far:
Meals and Drinks:£600

Excursions
Salvador
Bahian Dance Show (Dinner from food costs)=£46

Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo=£15

Salvador Community Tour=£66

Manaus
Opera House Tour £7

Iguazu
Helicopter Flight over Falls:£215 


All Photos from Google Images

HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sft x

Sunday, 25 January 2015

SEALED POT WEEK 7-SLOWLY SLOWLY CATCHY MONKEY!

Brazil Savings so far: £938.30

Total needed for new trip: £1444
Savings needed:£505.70

Brazil 2016
Paid for so far:
Meals and Drinks:£600

Excursions
Salvador
Bahian Dance Show (Dinner from food costs)=£46

Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo=£15

Salvador Community Tour=£66

Manaus
Opera House Tour £7

Iguazu
Helicopter Flight over Falls:£215 
Extra part paid for by surprise Christmas Money

PAID FOR IN WEEK 7!!!! Botanical Gardens: £6/£6-GOAL ACHIEVED!
Paid for by School Dinner Savings
Plus £1 from 2 for 1 meal discount


To pay for:
Visit Argentinian Falls:£100-NO PROGRESS MADE!
£8 remaining from Surprise Christmas Money
Council Tax Free Money
=£92/£100

Bird Park: £3/£24-Remainder of Meal 2 for 1 deal
Jan Food Budget Savings we hope will cover the rest. It's looking hopeful.

Rio-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer): £0/£86
February/March Food Budget Savings


Football Match: £10.80/£73-GOOD PROGRESS!
Heptagonal Challenge: £2.30
50p x 3
20p x 4
School Dinner Savings
Heptagonal Challenge

Samba Show: £0/£86-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Theatre Tickets sales

Tipping:  £0/£120-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Council Tax-Free Months
(All photos from Google Images)

HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sft x


Sunday, 18 January 2015

SEALED POT WEEK 6-SAVING UP AS MUCH AS POSS FOR BRAZIL 2016

Hi Everyone!

Once again, thank you for your kind messages. They really do mean a lot to me. I will continue blogging about our recent South East Asia trip next week. But today it's back to Sealed Pot Sunday!

The good news is we have not lost a penny by changing our plans and hopefully (and I am keeping everything crossed) can still go to Brazil next year instead. Our trip will be slightly different and that is what our present sealed pot challenge will be paying for until March. Then we will change to save to our Summer Trip to Malaysia/Singapore. Once we return we can save the remainder for Brazil!


Brazil Savings so far: £927

Total needed for new trip: £1444
Savings needed:£517

Brazil 2016
Paid for so far:
Meals and Drinks:£600

Excursions
Salvador
Bahian Dance Show (Dinner from food costs)=£46

Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo=£15

Salvador Community Tour=£66

Manaus
Opera House Tour £7

Iguazu
Helicopter Flight over Falls:£215 
Extra part paid for by surprise Christmas Money

To pay for:
Visit Argentinian Falls:£100
£8 remaining from Surprise Christmas Money
Council Tax Free Money
=£92/£100

Bird Park: £0/£24
Jan Food Budget Savings

Rio
Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer): £0/£86
February/March Food Budget Savings

Botanical Gardens: £0/£6
Paid for by School Dinner Savings

Football Match: £8.50/£73
£5 school dinner savings
15 x 20p
1 x 50p
School Dinner Savings
Heptagonal Challenge

Samba Show: £0/£86
Theatre Tickets sales

Tipping:  £0/£120
Council Tax-Free Months
(All photos from Google Images)

HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sft x



Wednesday, 14 January 2015

SOUTH EAST ASIA ADVENTURE DAY 2-HALONG BAY, Part 1 Hope VIETNAM (lots more photos)

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for your kind comments about my last post. It has cheered me up sharing our last trip. We had such an amazing time!

We left Hanoi behind and headed to the coast to one of the Natural Wonders of the World: Halong Bay.

We were staying on the Pelican. Here are the crew welcoming us. Do you always wave back at people. I do-especially a child as they love it!


We were staying in the Luxury cabins. This type of accommodation is unusual to us. We loved sitting on these chairs watching the Halong Bay go by.


Or in Mr Sft's case lying on the bed watching the world go by!


The drink and food was wonderful. But quite expensive.


We had to try the Ha Long Beer of course!


All the food was delicious.


We got to try Dragon Fruit which was a bit bland unfortunately. Pineapples from Vietnam and Laos are a lot smaller than those we buy in the UK. They are a lot sweeter too-just delicious!


Then this wonderful lady appeared in her boat. 


Here is the view from our cabin. She sold us really cheap ber-she passed it to us at the end of her long pole, which we placed the money in..


Here she is again at the side of the boat.


We enjoyed the beautiful scenery




And watched an amazing sunset that night.






Hope you are enjoying the photos-plenty more to come!

Sft x