I read Leo’s post on Zen Habits last week and knew instantly what I had to do.

I’ve been on a simplifying journey since 2005 and in that time I’ve had three children leave the nest, re-married, renovated a home, left my soul destroying job, paid off a considerable amount of debt (consumer & mortgage) and de-cluttered more items than I care to think about!

I’ve also been trying to run two blogs.

And it’s time to simplify this. I’ve taken the sad decision to cease posting over here at Move to Portugal. It’s not an easy decision to make, but I make it knowing that a lot of you are so brilliant that you follow my ramblings on my other site (and hope you’ll continue to do so :) )

I don’t really know how I can ever say a big enough thank-you to you all for the comments, emails, link love and continued support over the years – you’ve all kept me going on this fun roller coaster journey, and for that I’m very grateful.

Our Travel Plans in 2014 (With Budget)

Our travel plans for 2014 will not surprise any of you!



BUDGET: £1,000
- Rental Apartment x 7 nights 390 EUROS (£325 approx)
- Return flights x 2 to Lisbon (Easyjet) £164
- Airport Parking £28
- Spending Money £450

Predicted spend: £967

We picked an apartment in the centre of Cascais to avoid hiring a car – we’ll take the train into Cascais from the Airport – and we’re self catering to avoid eating out all of the time. One of our plans on this trip is a visit to the beautiful town of Sintra.


New York

BUDGET: £1800
- Hotel 9 nights 270,000 Reward points + $360 (£215 approx)
- Returns flights x 2 to JFK £927
- Airport Parking £60
- Spending Money £720

Predicted spend: £1,922

We don’t have any set plans for this trip, although we’ll try to take in a NY Jets game, so if you have any suggestions for things to do outside of the norm in New York, then please let me know in the comments.

We also need to add in our annual travel insurance cost of £71.

Total predicted spend £2,960 – a little over our original budget of £2,800

We originally planned to go to NY for 7 nights, but added in an extra two and this is the main reason for the over spend……of course this all depends on us not over spending when we’re actually on holiday! :) Our hotel in NY has breakfast included, and we’ll be cooking a lot of our meals ourselves in Portugal, so we could still be ok.

Do you have any travel plans in 2014? Do you set a budget for your trips?