Review, Saving Money, Sightseeing

How to get cheap tickets to Hello Dolly with Bette Midler!

Believe it or not, I was able to see Hello Dolly starring Bette Midler, who gained many fans from movies such as Beaches and Hocus Pocus! And nope, I didn’t buy my tickets months in advance, nor did I pay the exorbitantly high prices currently listed on broadway.com.

I was in New York City waiting in line at The Strand for a book signing (more on that later!) when I decided to see whether I could come back after Christmas to see Hello Dolly. The lowest prices for shows in December were $499, so unfortunately, it didn’t look like I’d be able to catch my childhood favorite movie star Bette in the show. I noticed a link for Stubhub and decided to just take a look. Well, lo and behold, there were two tickets for that night’s show for under $100 each!

New York Shubert Theatre Hello Dolly

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Paris in Boston Style, Saving Money, Style

Back to school Parisian style for under $50

It’s September, which means back to school for students! It was only a couple of years ago that I too began a new academic year for my PhD. No matter what level of school you’re in, new clothes shopping was always a highlight of the start of a new year.

Whether you buy your clothes in a fancy shopping gallery like this one in Paris, or from the comfort of your home, it’s nice to have some inspiration for your new wardrobe.

Paris in Boston Galerie Vivienne

I’ve curated some luxe basics with a bit of Parisian style, all for under $50. They can be combined for almost any school event and any season. Just include your favorite shoes, black trousers, and coat and you’re all set for the new year!

 

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Accommodation, Review, Saving Money, Sightseeing, Travel

Disneyland: Staying on-site vs. staying off-site

Hi everyone! I just got back from a fun trip to California, specifically Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth!

Disneyland Partners Statue in the spring

On this trip, I debated whether I should stay on-site again, or if I should save some money and stay off-site. On both my previous trips to Disneyland, I stayed on-site, first at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and then at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. This trip, I thought about staying at the third Disney-owned hotel, the Disneyland Hotel. Looking at the prices for May 20-24, the lowest price I found was for $390/night, which was way more than I wanted to spend.

When I stayed at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa a few years ago, they had a deal to “buy two nights, get the third night free”, so the room ended up costing $298/night, which is still pretty steep. However, I really wanted to be immersed in the Disney environment, so I decided that paying that much would be worth it – and it totally was! Continue reading “Disneyland: Staying on-site vs. staying off-site”

Saving Money

My best find: Raymond Weil watch (Cartier Tank look-alike) for £7.50!

One of my hobbies is scouring places like eBay, charity shops (as they say in the UK), and stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls for awesome deals. I mention my love of this in my Instagram and Twitter profiles, but I’ve never really posted about it. However, I figured I should post on a variety of topics that I enjoy, and deal-hunting is definitely one of them!

I’ve always loved the look of Cartier’s tank watch, with it’s graceful rectangle face and the elegant font of the numbers, but there’s no way I would pay those prices. It’s just so much for a watch! I’ve looked on eBay for pre-owned ones, but I thought the prices were still too much. I had resigned myself to settling for a much-less expensive watch.

They say you find what you’re looking for when you’re not looking, and that’s exactly what happened when I found my perfect watch, for a crazy-low price.

Raymond Weil watch lookalike Cartier Tank

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Review, Saving Money, Sightseeing, Transportation, Travel

Traveling to 4 countries in 1 day: Is it worth it?

Need a new travel challenge? I definitely felt that way after experiencing most every possible travel situation: traveling with family, friends, and solo; traveling using tour companies; and traveling while planning every detail myself. Luckily I had some adventurous friends who were feeling the same way, and we decided to challenge ourselves and have each meal in a different country!

Our day’s itinerary: breakfast in Switzerland, lunch in Liechtenstein, a snack in Austria, and dinner in Germany. Not only that, we wanted to incorporate different types of transportation, including a bus, train, and a ferry. Read on to see if it was worth it or if everything felt too rushed!

St Gallen Switzerland city centre

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Saving Money, Sightseeing, Transportation, Travel

An inexpensive (yet comfortable) way to travel around the UK, specifically South Kent & London

When I’m feeling stressed from working on my PhD, I like to take a break by walking around Canterbury’s City Centre and browse the shops, get a snack, or read in a lovely park. Sometimes, though, that’s not enough and I need a proper mini-holiday away, or at least get away from Canterbury and any reminders of my studies! Since I don’t drive in the UK, I have to rely on public transportation. However, since we’re in the UK, forget about any misgivings you may have about traveling by bus. In the UK, the buses are very clean, on time, AND they’re mostly double-decker! The British might be used to these factors, but to me, it made traveling a little more fun.

Paris in Boston Canterbury Stour River
Stour River in Canterbury

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How to make the most of your resources (i.e. How to get free stuff!)

Students or not, it’s always nice to get things for free, especially if they’re useful and provide a nice distraction from working on our PhDs. Don’t worry, I have some tips for getting free PhD and travel-related stuff too!

Paris in Boston London National Gallery
National Portrait Gallery in London – Always free admission!

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