Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Big Spring Purchases

Now that my airfare is all purchased for my upcoming European vacation, there are two products that I WANT to purchase soon which will help my vacation be more efficient. I declare want instead of need because these are purely vanity purchases that I deserve and will be put to great use and last for years.
The OG (Overnight/Gym bag) in Chocolate.
Firstly, a girl needs a proper carry on bag. Since I don't have a non-stop, I need my most precious items close to me. I currently have several carry on bags that I could easily use, but my investment in the OG bag by Lo & Sons (watch the video demonstration on the awesomeness of this travel bag) is something I want to have not only for this upcoming trip, but future trips too. BTW, Lo &Sons have a spring sale of 20% off. Perfect timing! I will buy it in the Chocolate shade because that will match my London Fog suitcase.

In my most recent quick weekend trip to Toronto, I used my bulky duffle Vera Bradley weekender bag. It was the perfect size to carry all by stuff, including a big fluffy robe to wear in my hotel room. Hey, it was 9 degrees when I traveled to Toronto during late January. But for my spring trip to Ireland/England, it's time to use a bag that is not only posh, but very, very functional and compact. As per the demonstration video, I really like all the neat pocket features, and the fact that it will perfectly attach to my larger suitcase. Also, I won't have to stress out and fight for overhead space on the plane, I can just place the OG under my seat and let the commoners bicker and deal with tight bin spots.

Since my smart phone will not work in Europe, I need to upgrade from my ancient 2011 iPod Nano 4 toy and use something more functional for communication. I will also purchase the iPad Mini 2 32GB. I prefer the smaller style of this iPad because it'll not only fit very neatly into my OG bag, but when I'm carrying a purse or backpack, I can slip that bad boy into it and not worry about it being too cumbersome.

With these new items that I will be purchasing soon, I'll be all set for travel comfort and efficiency, and having an updated form of wi-fi communication and internet usage tool.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tax Refund Time!

I received my tax refund in my bank account this morning and you just don't know how much I rejoiced when I saw that significant deposit! I processed my tax refund exactly four weeks ago, and as I was working on the refund template on the HR Block website, I was amazed by how much money I was getting back. I have never received this large amount, and I'm still awaiting an equally impressive amount from my state refund. So to get on top of booking my airfare for my Ireland/England trip in late May, I booked my outbound flight to Shannon through US Airways, and then I booked my Shannon to London leg on Aer Lingus. Along with booking on Aer Lingus, I reserved my Heathrow Express ticket too. All combined, I still saved $719 by not flying the rip off non-stop Delta flight from Detroit to London.

The importance of booking my flight with Aer Lingus so early is because they sell out quick. And when I purchased my seat this morning, they only had 3 seats left in the 'Plus' ticket category on my dates of travel (this price category allows you to pre-select your seat).

Due to some winter maintenance expenses for my car in the past few days, barring any other emergency bills and crap, I'm on target to use my state refund tax to buy an iPad. This will be a great tool to use while traveling and I like the iPad Mini 2 32GB; I don't need the newest, fastest and largest iPad. I mainly want it for wi-fi communication purposes so I can connect with family back home, and my friend in London. Since my mobile phone doesn't work overseas, it would help being able to keep in touch with folks. I'll buy it in a few weeks.

It really is a great stress reliever when I make the flight reservations for my next great adventure! Thank you tax refund!