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Frugal Retiring News, Issue 61, June 2014
June 21, 2014
Issue 61 Back in the USAWhile visiting friends in Exeter, England... After our last transatlantic cruise they took us to Plymouth, England where in 1620 the pilgrims took off to start the their colony in the US.
We found that some pilgrims were originally from Holland and stopped in Plymouth to find a boat that would take them to the New World.
So this is the top of the steps that they walked down to board the Mayflower.
Frugal tip number oneAfter satisfying our European wanderlust, We are leaving to visit family and friends, next week, and stopping at Yosemite national Park on the way up.
If you are 62 or older you qualify for a lifetime $10 pass to all of our national parks... Here is where you go for that information
Also note but the National Park Service is offering a free annual pass to military personnel and their dependents.
Thank you for your service.
Frugal living tip number twoHere is a reminder on how to save money on your vacation this year...always good to review these tips.
We are staying at a hotel, which we got for $45 a night at booking.com, in Merced prior to visiting Yosemite.
I like to use this website, because the room not only has a microwave and refrigerator....remember frugal living tip number one bring your own food and drink...But it also has a free 24-hour cancellation policy on a lot of their properties.
I always look for this feature when booking hotel rooms... You never know when your plans are going to change.
I can't imagine why someone would want to leave Phoenix in July and August but we always seem to do so.
Frugal living tip number threeInternational Living Magazine Devoted their latest issue on retiring on a sailboat.
I have always felt that that is a good idea... duh...Probably the second page I wrote out of 386 now on site.
The issue made for interesting reading, but was primarily devoted to the Western Caribbean.
It even mentioned your humble correspondent a few times...I wrote an article on the same topic for the mag 3 years ago.
There are cruisers in the Western Caribbean but they seldom venture to the more popular Eastern Caribbean... Virgin Islands, Windward's and Leeward's...
Why is that you might ask?
The prevailing winds in the Caribbean are from the East and it is no fun going from west to east.
That is why we never got past Venezuela... It is just so difficult getting back to Trinidad from there... Dead into the waves and wind... You had to catch the weather just right for it is an uncomfortable slog.
I cannot imagine going from Panama or Honduras to the Eastern Caribbean... Plenty have done it, but it is not sailboat cruising in my opinion.
I have sold over 50 copies of my book, "Live the dream live on a sailboat in the Caribbean" in 2013 alone.
It is on every page of Of the website upper left-hand corner.
I humbly recommend the book for those wannabes sailors where relaxation and easy living is of paramount importance to them.
Frugal living tip number fourPatience is a virtue when trying to get the very best price on a cruise.
I guarantee you that we will go on Alaskan cruise sometime in August, but there is no way I'm going to pay the thousand dollars a person that they want now for a 14 day cruise... The longer you wait the cheaper the price, and I will wait for a $699 per person deal.
It makes long range planning difficult, but you will save by waiting...how much waiting?...3 to 4 weeks out should give you the price you want.
Check out the details here .
In closingWell that's all for now folks... Please stay safe and healthy and frugal.
All the best,
Gary and Julie
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