Peru Travel Diary

Petting a llama at Machu Picchu!

Hola! It’s been a while! For the past 2 weeks, we were on vacation in Peru and Canada, so there was a lack of activity here on the blog. I had intended to schedule a few more posts while I was gone, but those plans didn’t exactly come to fruition. Anyway, I figured I’d do a little recap of our Peru trip.

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Travel Diary: Honolulu, Hawaii

Lizard friend.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Honolulu, Hawaii for a conference. Now, Honolulu’s a bit of a strange place to go for work, so I tried to mix in some fun time too. The first 4 days were work, and the 5th day I took off for fun. This is my combined money/work/travel diary!

For those of you with short attention spans 😉 ,  here’s the “executive summary” of the expenses:

  • Airfare: $517 (expensed)
  • Conference registration: $1000 (expensed)
  • AirBnB: $129/night * 5 nights ($516 expensed, $129 out-of-pocket)
  • Food: $295.91 ($75 expensed, $220.91 out-of-pocket)
  • Transportation: $178.11 ($146.11 expensed, $32 out-of-pocket)
  • Entertainment: $25 (out-of-pocket)

Most of the expenses are paid by work, but all the expenses on the last day (my fun day) were out of pocket. All-in-all, it’s a good change of scenery and traveling is definitely one of the benefits of academia.

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Packing for a One-Day Business Trip in a Backpack

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One-day business trip packing list.

In the midst of winter, I traveled from sunny California to the northeast for a 1 day business trip. Well, technically, it was 1.5 days of work, plus 1 day of travel time, so 2.5 days total. Usually, my trips are longer and I bring a carry-on suitcase, but this time, given the uber-short length, I decided to try to fit everything into a backpack. Surprisingly, it was fairly easy!Read More »