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Welcome to the blog of SAVINGFORTRAVEL! I now have 2 blogs: my newest-40 at 40-about my greatest travel experiences 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

AUGUST: RUSSIA (T.B.C)

OCTOBER: MOROCCO (T.B.C)

DECEMBER: INDIA/NEPAL

2015

MARCH: BURMA (MYANMAR)

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



Sunday, 16 March 2014

SEALED POT WEEK 15-QUIET BUT I'M MAKING TRAVEL PLANS

Hi Everyone!

TRAVEL PLANS
My family are going through some tough times at the moment. 2 things have happened recently and won't get better. So it's been time for a lot of personal reflection. One of my conclusions has been to be more pro-active with my travel  plans which due to circumstances I should be able to afford. 

At 42, I'm not getting any younger and it is very easy to just 'settle' for less in my life. But my dreams have always been travel related so I've given myself a kick and decided to make some plans. 
You'll see I've added Russia and Morocco to my list. 



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Russia would be a trip (just over a week) visiting mainly St. Petersburg and Moscow



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Morocco would be a 5 day trip into the Sahara-sleeping under the stars.

I would go on my own and meet up with a group for both (although a couple of friends have expressed an interest in Morocco-but I don't mind if they don't come).

In April we leave for a trip to Japan-that will be the 50 country I've travelled to. 



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Counting countries isn't always a good thing. For me it's a by product. I think what you see and do counts more and I am happy to return and see more of a great country.

HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE:

Poster preview

A great week for the special pot:
3 x 50ps
9 x 20ps

MY SEALED POT WEEK

A very quiet week for the pot:

SAVED MONEY: £1.17 from yellow stickered bread

FREE EGGS: 27p from being 2 free eggs from our neighbours.

NO SUGAR AND LOW ALCHOHOL CHALLENGE
Still remaining sugar free! Another £2 has been added to my purse.
I did have a small glass of wine the other day, but yes it was an occasion so I'm happy with that.

HOW WAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK?

Sft x


Sunday, 9 March 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 14-A GOOD WEEK FOR THE POT

Hi Everyone!

This week's inspiration picture are our balloon flight over the Namib Desert and champagne breakfast in 2005 . This was our birthday and Christmas present (combined) for each other! An experience we will never forget and worth every penny!






MY SEALED POT WEEK:

Saved not Spent-I couldn't face going out on Friday so I saved the £15 I would have spent on a meal and a drink. I will put that in the pot.

Saved not Spent-This is the 2nd month where we save on the council tax-so another £115 to go into the pot!

How has your sealed pot week gone?

HEXAGONAL CHALLENGE

Poster preview

2 X 50ps
2 X 20ps

Added to the pot! It continues to get heavier.

NO SUGAR/LIMITED ALCOHOL CHALLENGE

It has been a tough week for my family and on Friday I really felt like a big bar of chocolate to cheer myself up.  But I didn't! And that is a good thing.
I've decided to also to limit my alcohol to special occasions only. A new part of this challenge.


Thank you so much for your comments. I read every one. 

Life is certainly gaining perspective for me. It's time to get ready living for me.

Sft x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 13-A QUIET WEEK

Hi Everyone!

MY INSPIRATION PICTURES THIS WEEK-BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN BIRDS



PIED KINGFISHER


WHITE-FRONTED BEE-EATER



LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER



FISH EAGLE

MY SEALED POT WEEK

It's been very quiet this week. Just a small amount for the pot!


  • I got paid on Wednesday so I emptied my purse into the sealed pot. I think about £5 went it.



  • Hexagonal Challenge-1 x 50p and 4 x 20p went into the pot this week! Most of these came from Mr Sft. I did get 2 in my supermarket change and boy was I excited.


No Sugar Challenge-Still going well. I'm now thinking about what else I can give up!

HOW DID YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GO?

Sft x


CC-We are off to Japan in April and I can't wait. I so need a trip away!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

SEALED POT WEEK 12-THE WINNER IS ANNOUNCED!

MY INSPIRATION PICTURES FOR THE 2020 ADVENTURE TO AFRICA-A LITTLE SOMETHING TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM UP!

This beautiful leopard was spotted in the Chobe National Park, Botswana by my nephew. A very laid back and chilled young man-he sprung into life when he saw this beautiful cat just by the side of the road. His young eyes were very useful on our trip in 2012!

I wonder if the leopard was poking his tongue out at us?
The next morning we returned to the same spot-to see 2 leopards! A male and a female-but hidden well in the bush so my photos were rubbish. But it was very unusual to see them together so we felt very lucky.



MY SEALED POT WEEK
Well I got round to doing my finances and worked out I could afford to put all of the money from the Council Tax.  So that's £115 going into the sealed pot! With that boost I'm really hoping to reach a £1000 total this year.

HEXAGONAL CHALLENGE
This week we've added a nice sum to the challenge. I bought some yellow stickered goodies for my Mum and she insisted on paying me-and had some 20ps. So
3 x 50ps (apparently if they have kew gardens on the back they are worth £180!-No such luck!)
12x20ps

PRIZE DRAW WINNER-I counted up the number of comments form the Prize Draw and Mr Sft chose a random number. I am pleased to announce the winner is AGA K!
If you could email me your address I will send you the SEASALT bag:
martin_julie935@btinternet.com

NO SUGAR CHALLENGE:
I have said NO to sugary treats 4 times this week. So I've added an extra £2 to my funds bringing it to £13!
I read somewhere you have to continue with something for 90 days for it to become a habit. So I've got to continue until April before it becomes natural for me. I have no ideas what I will be using this money for yet.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORTIVE COMMENTS LAST WEEK!

HOW DID YOU SEALED POT WEEK GO?

Sft x