We’ve already taken care of you music lovers by writing about all of the Beatles-related things we did in Liverpool, but we would hate to leave all you foodies and bargain-hunters hanging. So here are a few more particulars of our 2-day Liverpool trip.
Firstly, you should know that we planned this trip on the spur of the moment. We decided Saturday afternoon that we wanted to leave on Monday, and started planning from there.
In my most recent posts, I’ve talked about using credit cards to earn miles and points for travel, and have looked at a comprehensive list of the offers out there. Now comes the next step in the equation: juggling multiple credit cards.
After you’ve signed up for a credit card, and have spent and earned the proper bonus, it’s time to move on to a new card. If you’re looking to gain maximum points and miles for your spending, continuing to spend on a single card after the bonus is over won’t provide you with much. Juggling multiple cards, though, is not an easy feat, and is one that takes lots of precision and follow-up. Without it, you can find yourself drowning in too many cards, or in renewal fees up to your eyeballs (yikes!).
We spent Tuesday and Wednesday of this week going to Liverpool (one of the perks of giving up my 9-to-5 job!). Tourist-wise, it was a great time to go and see everything Beatles-y that the city has to offer, because it wasn’t too busy! That might have something to do with the weather in Liverpool in February – Tuesday greeted us with 55-mph wind gusts and a 26-degree wind chill.
Let me step back for a moment and try to explain how special this journey was for me (Albert):
This winter, through careful study and observation, I’ve been able to identify one of nature’s great phenomena. Homo sapiens have always known about it, intuitively, but this may be the first time it’s been given a name (and a nifty visual).
Behold! I call this phenomenon: The Chocolate Continuum
On the third and final day of our trip to London, we did two things worth mentioning here: had coffee at a fascinating cafe, and visited the Victoria and Albert Museum.
God’s Own Junkyard
First off, my cousin and his wife took us on a walk. We walked a long way and finally turned into a back alley where I was pretty sure we were going to get mugged.
For our second day in London, we only had a few hours in the afternoon to get around. We were feeling a little overwhelmed (TripAdvisor lists at least 945 things to do in London), and were having trouble deciding between several different options of how to spend the afternoon. The Tower of London? Piccadilly Circus? Buckingham Palace? Maybe they have the equivalent of New York’s Naked Cowboy somewhere? What would that even be? A naked Beefeater? Ew. I digress.
So we decided to see it all on a double-decker bus tour. We took a two-and-a-half hour route that zig-zagged all along the Thames and hit pretty much every sight and street I could think of (and lots more I never would have thought of). Many of the photos were too blurry to use, but I’ve included the best photos that did turn out below:
There are dozens of travel credit cards out there. With all of the options, decision making can get a bit overwhelming! Which card do I choose? How do I know which card is right for me?
This list is here to help. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of current travel credit cards and what sign-up bonuses they offer (this list will be updated regularly). As you browse through the options, think realistically about a few things:
Am I willing to pay all credit card bills on time? Am I comfortable calling to cancel the card when the time comes?
What type of reward am I looking for? Flights? Hotels? Something else?
How much can I spend in the allotted time, without overspending or spending unnecessarily?
Am I willing to pay an annual fee in exchange for more points, or do I want all annual fees waived?
Note that these offers are limited, and my vary depending on your credit score and eligibility. I’ve highlighted my favorite offers below in red.
After being in the UK for an entire month, Katy and I finally got tired of waiting for the Queen to invite us down to London to take some tea with her.
We took matters into our own hands, and instead got to stay with a cousin of mine who lives near the city (a much warmer welcome, thank you very much). I had been a few times before, but it was Katy’s first time. Here’s what we saw on the first day:
One of the best and easiest ways to travel for next to nothing is by using credit cards to collect reward points and miles – or, more specifically – to sign up for a new credit card that’s offering a terrific sign-up bonus to collect a lump sum of reward points. Sound simple? Because it is!
This is the solid foundation behind our travel hacking. Because flights and hotels tend to be the most expensive part of travel, using credit cards is a great way to lower, and even waive, these costs. Sign-up bonuses are key here, as they provide far more points and miles than you could gain by spending over time. For example, let’s say you spend $20,000 a year on credit cards. Spending on a normal airline credit card without a sign-up bonus will earn you 20,000 miles. But by completing the steps below multiple times, with different cards, you can earn 20,000 miles in regular spending, plus another 300,000 miles in sign-up bonuses, for a total of 320,000 miles. Not to mention the free hotel nights, lounge access, and other perks that come with reward cards!
Travel Hacking [verb] The act of using cunning techniques, skilled searches, a collection of travel points and rewards, and jedi mind tricks to travel for less.
Travel can be out-right insanely expensive, making most of us feel like we don’t have a way to do it, or to do it well. But, the truth of the matter is that we can all travel for much less than we think with a little bit of travel hacking. I learned from some of the best, and am excited to pass this information on to you! Want to travel without breaking the bank? Budget travel isn’t just for the lucky few. Read on.