Grand Canyon

So you want to know how I traveled from Newark, New Jersey to Chicago, Illinois, then Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff & Page Arizona for a TOTAL cost of $633(includes all food, folks, flights and fun)

Here’s the breakdown of my 7-days away:

Chicago & Arizona: A LIVE RICHER Adventure…

– My new client flew me to the Chi to speak to a rowdy group of actors. I had the best time! My client also paid for my flight and 1 night accommodations. Cost: $0 (I made money!)

– I extended my stay in Chicago to visit friends & family, as well as to  explore the city. I stayed with my sister. Cost: $30 (for food when I hung-out)

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– I asked my client to fly me to Arizona instead of back home to New Jersey. It was over $100 cheaper for them. Cost: $0

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– Before I got to Arizona, I reserved a car online ( it’s cheaper this way), and I used a coupon code and saved over $100! I even got a free upgrade to an SUV. Cost: $250 for a week via Dollar Express. (including all taxes, fees and insurance)

– I stayed in 2 different hostels vs. hotels. I love hostels. I’ve met some awesome people who’ve invited me to visit them around the world. My favorite hostel on this trip was in Phoenix. It was brand new and called CamelBackpackers. They even had an awesome and FREE, 4th of July BBQ for their guests.  Cost: $100 (for 4 nights at both hostels)

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– Pheonix, AZ:

* 4th of July fireworks. Cost: $0

* A swanky roof-top pool party. Cost: $10

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– Sedona,  AZ:

* Hiked and toured the famous red-rock formations: Cost: $0

– Flagstaff, AZ:

* Stayed here for 2 days and had the best food ever! Cost: $30 (super fresh pizza, Thai food, vegan eats)

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– Northern, AZ:

* Visited the Grand Canyon: Cost: $25 (for a 7-day National Park pass. I gifted it to some new friends at my hostel when I came back.) 

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* Antelope Canyon: Cost: $28

* Horseshoe Bend: Cost: $0

– Extra food,  gas, incidentals. Cost: $100

– Flight from Arizona to Chicago. Cost: $60 (I had a voucher)

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TOTAL cost of my awesome adventure?!: $633 (includes all food, folks, flights and fun)

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About the Author Tiffany Aliche

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, is an award-winning teacher of financial education, America’s favorite, personal financial educator, and author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Get Good with Money. The Budgetnista is also an Amazon #1 bestselling author of The One Week Budget and the Live Richer Challenge series and most recently, a children's book, Happy Birthday Mali More.

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  1. Very cool vacation! Arizona has so much to offer (as you proved). Thank you for laying out the costs at each stop too, there are affordable ways to vacation!

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