3-6 Month Emergency Fund Challenge!!

edited 20 November 2018 at 12:11PM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
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  • stewbystewby Forumite
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    Hey Helen and everyone.

    I love our wedding so far but the honeymoon is just going to be awesome. We are saving an extra year for it and so our honeymoon is going to take place on our 1st anniversary.
    We are heading to America for about three weeks. We have three out of the four places locked in...

    * Las Vegas: Staying in The Bellagio with a room overlooking the fountains. OH loves the "Oceans" films so it was a no-brainer to pick the Bellagio out of all the other hotels.
    :)

    * New York: Have dreamed about New York since I was young (thanks to the Ghostbusters) so we are heading there for our honeymoon. Were going to stay in the Plaza (thanks Home Alone and Crocodile Dundee) but the reviews aren't fantastic considering the prices so may not be a movie hotel here.
    Unless anyone knows any movie hotels in New York??
    :undecided

    * Washington DC: Have picked a cute little bed and breakfast for this one. This is going to be our cheapest stay whilst on our honeymoon as all the museums and stuff are free!!
    Hoping to visit the White House and the Pentagon as well (you can get tours through your own embassay if you are lucky and organised).
    :)

    The final one is a bit more up-in-the-air.
    I love the sound of Los Angeles then we travelled from West Coast to East Coast... but apparently you can't really "walk around" LA which puts us off a bit. It has some brilliant stuff though...
    :(

    There is also Chicago (quite expensive to stay in), Orlando (for disneyland but OH is not really keen), New Orleans (seems daft going somewhere for food), and Houston (didn't really have much that caught my eye for attractions).
    So... not sure where is going to be our fourth choice. If anyone has any experience of these places, then please tell us. We would love some advice.
    :D

    Sorry... very long-winded answer to the honeymoon question. Can you tell I'm maybe a wee bit excited about it.
    :o

    Hugs to everyone.
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  • DreamerHelenDreamerHelen Forumite
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    Hey Stewby hun.....I'm so pleased that you are excited about the USA....New York and Las Vegas and Washington sound amazing!! I used to live in Orlando for a very short while - And yes, of course Disney World is there and SeaWorld and Universal....but also there is the Everglades, Gatorland and Kennedy Space Center.....they are all pretty awesome too!! :)


    Nothing money-wise to Report.....Probably won't have until next Week now xXx :)
  • stewbystewby Forumite
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    Hey Stewby hun.....I'm so pleased that you are excited about the USA....New York and Las Vegas and Washington sound amazing!! I used to live in Orlando for a very short while - And yes, of course Disney World is there and SeaWorld and Universal....but also there is the Everglades, Gatorland and Kennedy Space Center.....they are all pretty awesome too!! :)

    So would you recommend Orlando as our fourth place then?? We are trying not to do too much but at the same time want to do everything. It's a bit of a challenge.
    :rotfl:

    Sorry, derailed the thread already.
    :o
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  • DreamerHelenDreamerHelen Forumite
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    It depends on what you are looking for hun.....If you are more into Culture then I would say try looking into Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina (Charleston in particular is STUNNING!!).....


    But I personally LOVE Orlando.....Disney World is just magical....SeaWorld is amazing too.....The Everglades are just incredible....Kennedy Space Center is pretty awesome too....but it's a different experience....


    I've not done the West Coast so can't comment on that....But I would recommend the South Coast - All the places mentioned above.....


    Hope that helps a little :D
  • stewbystewby Forumite
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    I will have a nosey at Orlando again. You have convinced me, completely twisted my arm (not that I need much convincing).
    ;)

    North Carolina is a bit of a unicorn for me. When I was failing my uni course, the plan was to move to a place called Kure Beach which is just north of Wilmington. I had looked at houses and everything.
    As a result, I am not keen to go there as I am not sure how I would feel.... will definitely look at the places you have suggested.
    Thanks very much Helen.
    :D
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  • Upsidedown_BearUpsidedown_Bear Forumite
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    But I personally LOVE Orlando.....Disney World is just magical....SeaWorld is amazing too.....The Everglades are just incredible....Kennedy Space Center is pretty awesome too....but it's a different experience....
    Unless you are one of the captive residents.
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  • DreamerHelenDreamerHelen Forumite
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    No problem hun..... So Disney World has all the Theme Parks (so you've got Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studio's and Animal Kingdom)....then you've got SeaWorld which is separate...then you've got Universal and Islands of Adventure.....If you are into Harry Potter then Universal/IOA would work VERY well for you...I haven't seen the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter myself personally but have seen it on YouTube and it looks AWESOME.... :D


    The Food is absolutely brilliant too....If you want some more Tips then feel free to PM me hun xXx :)
  • crazy_cat_ladycrazy_cat_lady Forumite
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    What about San Francisco? I'm not well travelled but I have done the west coast of America and I loved SF so much that I went back again. There's Alcatraz, the cable cars, Ghiradelli chocolate, the two bridges etc.
    I would love to go back again - it feels like another lifetime. I've never been anywhere other than the west coast and Las Vegas so don't know what other US places are like.
  • crv1963crv1963 Forumite
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    stewby wrote: »
    Hey Helen and everyone.

    I love our wedding so far but the honeymoon is just going to be awesome. We are saving an extra year for it and so our honeymoon is going to take place on our 1st anniversary.
    We are heading to America for about three weeks. We have three out of the four places locked in...










    Hi Stewby- I've never been to the USA but hope you have a great time, I like the planning and build up to a big holiday! Enjoy! :)
    CRV1963- Light bulb moment Sept 15- Planning the great escape- aka retirement!
  • stewbystewby Forumite
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    Ooooooooh... had forgotten that someone else had suggested San Fransisco.
    Will have a nosey at that one. Might do San Fransisco then we can leave Orlando for a future visit (sounds like too much to do in four days, would love a villa with a pool for a couple of weeks).
    Jeez, future holiday planning already.. can you tell I love travelling and holidays.
    :rotfl:

    I don't think I can add anything into my pot this month (November) but I will try harder in December. Have bought my OH's Xmas pressie with November's pay so that, along with my debt repayment, will clear out any chance of paying a bit towards the emergency fund.
    :(

    Cannot wait until January when my credit card will be gone and my mortgage will take priority along with the emergency fund. It seems terrible that I am wishing my life away but I am just so excited about this.
    :o
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