A lot of people who have discovered our hobby of collecting miles and points finally get to take their first vacation as a reward for participating in all of the promos, signing up for credit cards for the signup bonuses, and directing their spending to maximize the most points and miles on those cards.
While gathering the points and miles is certainly the major part of getting started – there is also a lot of travel gear that can help make the journey more enjoyable as well.
If I wanted to spend under $1300 all in, what would I purchase as a bargain hunter to still travel in comfort?
The Checkpoint Flyer is my absolute favorite travel bag with the compactness of the bag and how cool it looks. Going through most security is a breeze without having to take my laptop out. There are also plenty of pockets to store everything you would possible take with you.
Electronics – I’m a huge iPod geek and I need a ton of storage for all of my albums and podcasts. I have over 60 GB of music files so an iPod touch isn’t going to do it for me. I’m going to go for the classic iPod to handle all of this and stick with the factory earbuds to save a few bucks.
Price – $244 ordered through Macmall.com to save on sales tax.
Even though I’m an Apple guy since the Apple ][ – to save some money, I’m going to purchase a Dell laptop. I’ve used a Dell as my work laptop for a while and it works just fine. I like a big screen on my laptops for watching movies when the Video on Demand system videos aren’t interesting. For software, I’m going to purchase Microsoft Office Home 2013
Price – $640 ordered through Dell.com
I know most people prefer to find something small enough to carry on with them. However, I prefer just to check a big bag that I can stuff all of my stuff into. To save some more money, I perused the clearance section of the Samsonite online store, and found a 25 inch upright for $117.
To keep all of my stuff safe and in one place – I would buy the LL Bean Traveler Ticket Organizer. With a zipper all the way around and a wrist strap, it keeps all of your valuable documents safe. Inside there are multiple credit card slots along with several zipper pouches.
Price – $25.00
Lastly, to carry inside my suit case – a personal organizer to keep all my toiletries neat and zipped up. With the heavy duty hook, you can easily hang it up in any hotel bathroom where everything will be neatly organized.
Total money spent: $1,246
I felt like I have all my bases covered with a laptop, bag, electronics, suitcase, and organizers.
How would you spend $1300?