Cost Breakdown of 18 Days in Albania

This is a delayed cost breakdown of all the expenses from our trip to Albania and Macedonia. As usual, we keep track of all of our expenses while traveling, so this is exact and may help you get an idea for how much a trip like this would cost, and where our money went.

Check out the pictures of beautiful Albania (5 nights were in Macedonia).

Or check out two of my videos: Hiking in Theth, and The Blue Eye hike.

This post will discuss:

  1. How much we spent. Down to the penny on food, flights, hotels.
  2. Breakdown on everywhere we stayed, and costs.
  3. Car Rental

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(New) Unbelievably Cheap Points Hotels

Since I’ve now updated our Complete Maps, I decided to go through each chain and pick out the best deals.

The idea is that category 1 hotels can cost a fraction of the top tier hotels, and yet some are actually really nice or in great locations.

For example, you could get 19 nights at a category 1 Hilton for the price of 1 night at the top tier… and that’s before 5th night free. And still 9 nights of a category 2, which actually has decent hotels.

Generally, these are hotels I would actually want to visit because of the hotel and destination. Maybe I wouldn’t go back and spend a lot of time in Jakarta, but I seem to layover there a bit, so I included it.

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11 Best Stopovers with Alaska Miles

Yesterday I not only talked about how Alaska allows stopovers on oneways, but then shared some weird routings to get two tickets out of 1 award.

Today, in this post, I want to go over the best 11 stopovers that you can do with Alaska miles. Really, it will go over most of the main hubs that you can book a stopover in anyways. These are just the best routes, in my opinion.

And for the last one, we’ll combine a little bit of what we learned yesterday to make some cool routes.

Also, you can still earn a lot of miles via the BoA Alaska miles credit cards (personal and business) if you don’t currently have an account open.

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Alaska Miles’ Legal Boomerang with Stopover

I’m going to show you how to get a oneway to Hawaii and a later ticket to Asia… for the same price.

But this is just one of the many amazing uses of Alaska miles. With all the other airlines devaluing, and getting rid of stopovers, Alaska is a great option.

And while BOA has gotten more strict, it seems you can get the Alaska card (personal and business) if you don’t have one open.

Again, the prices are great, the earnings are good, the stopovers are great… and I’m about to show you how it gets even better.

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The (only?) Delta SkyMiles Award Chart

Just as we made a tool, the Delta Miles Calculator, we now put together an award chart for international flights.

People seem to be confused about the difference, so let me explain why they are so different.

The Delta SkyMiles Calculator is for domestic flights because every domestic flight has a different pricing tier. Know that we show the bottom tier, and it may be gone – similar to “standard” and “saver” awards with other airlines, but our goal is to show the cheapest flights.

Since there are so many domestic destinations from any airport, we have a tool that spits out a list from the airport you search.

Now, the Delta SkyMiles Award Chart (bel0w) shows international flights, because the prices (still tiered) are still by region. So a flight from Chicago to Puerto Rico, is the same as Seattle to Aruba. (Although the low tier availability with Delta can be very hit miss).

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We have spent the majority of our marriage traveling full time, living out of hotels.   All the while, we list our expenses publicly, budgeting $25,000 a year for our nomadic life while still staying in mostly 4 or 5 star hotels across ~20 countries a year.
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