Here is my budget breakdown for my trip this past February. I’d say I’m an average traveller. I’m not extravagant, but I usually don’t stay in hostels.
|Travel Budget for Sochi/London Trip: February 5-19
|| $ 2,000.00
|| $ 1,556.00
|| $ 444.00
|| $ 600.00
|| $ 648.00
|| $ 600.00
|| $ 605.00
|Olympic Event Tickets
|| $ 1,000.00
|| $ 783.00
|| $ 217.00
|Other Transportation (Train, Taxi)
|| $ 300.00
|| $ 428.97
|| $ 300.00
|| $ 303.24
|Spending (Attractions, Gifts)
|| $ 200.00
|| $ 350.98
|| $ -
|| $ 198.28
|| $ -
|| $ 192.50
|| $ 5,000.00
|| $ 5,065.97
I made quick visits to Moscow, London, and Paris while I was over in Europe for the Olympics. I had two 10 hour layovers in Moscow (going to and from Sochi). I spent 4 full days in London (and surrounding area) and then I hopped on the train for a quick day trip to Paris.
Check out the videos I made of my adventures:
I have a very old Garmin Forerunner (I’m the type of person who will use something until it’s no longer functional before I buy a new one). Even if it’s a bit bulky compared to the newer models, I still love it and I rarely ever run without it. My watch has MANY fancy functions that I don’t use :P But these are the functions I do find helpful:
- My distance (i.e GPS enabled, with an option for measuring in miles or km)
- My time
- My pace
- Lap time alerts (it beeps when you’ve completed a mile or km with your time)
- Calories burned (which properly calculates with a function to set a user profile with age, weight, etc.)
Click here to find a watch for you.
There are also many Apps available that you can use on your phone. I have RunKeeper on mine, but I don’t usually bring my phone with me when I run.
What kind of features do you like to have in a watch/App?
I’m really liking these monthly check-ins. It makes me accountable for my resolutions.
1. Chai Latte obsession.
I purchased my allotted one Chai Latte at the beginning of the month at my regular coffee shop by the office. I haven’t learned how to make them at home yet, BUT I FINALLY found them in K-Cups for my Keurig (at Bed Bath and Beyond). I had 2 of them. I don’t know if that’s cheating. But whatever, they’re delicious, and only 60 calories ;)
2. 2 blog entries per month.
I did 3 entries last month (plus my Resolution Check In). Yay me!
3. Food garden.
Winter won’t go away. We had one nice week of “spring-like” conditions then the snow came again. Boo… This is actually an excuse. Haha. I can still go out and buy things to get started. It just hasn’t been a priority. I have concluded that I will only grow a basil plant since I will be away for a few months during the summer. I will write this down on my “To Do” list… right now :P
4. Run a marathon.
I’ve registered for the 50th Anniversary of the Calgary Marathon on June 1st.
5. Learn to cook.
My initial resolution was to cook once a week. I find it difficult to do this because I think it’s hard to cook for one person. I did make a vegetable casserole. It was a recipe from the back of a bag of frozen veggies :) That lasted me a long time (with a combo of meals out with friends and an M&M meat shop gift certificate I wanted to use up from my parents). I don’t like to make anything else when I still have food to eat. Does anyone have any tips on cooking for a household of 1?
This will be a series of blog posts about what I consider MY running essentials.
My first running essential is multi-functional headwear. This is just a tubular piece of technical fabric that you can wrap around your head in a variety of ways. I use it as a headband to cover my ears (they get really cold when I run) and to suck up my sweat. I also use it as a neck warmer on colder days. I like this better than fleece because it doesn’t collect nearly as much condensation when you’re breathing (Gross!).
I got my favourite one as a gift from Buff Headwear, but you can get a variety of them at many outdoor/running stores.