Archives For April 2013

How much did we spend in New Zealand?, Marlborough Sound

Overall score (Dan) = B
Overall score (Jocelyn) = A-

Total days = 24 nights, 25 days
Total cost = $4,508
Cost per day = $180 / day
Flight costs = $1,100 each, but total ticket also got us to French Polynesia
Areas visited: New Zealand – North and South Island

Summary
We were pretty happy with our overall spending in New Zealand, but there were a few things we could’ve done better. As we went along, we realized New Zealand is a pretty expensive place – especially if you plan to see the many incredible sites there. In addition, we drove over 5,300 km (~3,200 miles) over 25 days! The guy who checked in our camper van was rather surprised and thought they might have erred when the wrote down the miles – but we know the truth when we see how much we spent on diesel!

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Snorkeling Bora Bora

April 18, 2013 — 3 Comments

We were lucky enough to see a manta ray along with some other incredible creatures while on our snorkeling excursion in Bora Bora.  It was one of the most expensive things on our French Polynesia trip, but it was definitely worth it.  Check out the video my wife put together!!

As any four year old would do, I was hiding under my mom’s large, metal teacher’s desk and watching people’s feet shuffle by. I thought they were my zoo attraction, but knowing what I know now, I was certainly theirs.

Spending the day at school with my mom was my routine when I was too young to go to class myself. If my memory serves me correctly, it was half a day in the beginning and her classroom wasn’t a traditional classroom with 30 chairs, a black chalkboard, windows overlooking the playground, and student’s murals on the walls. No, her classroom was a hallway that had been strategically closed at one end to turn it into a hint of a room with a few old wood tables substituting as desks. Actually, the only strategy was to lock the exterior door and black out the windows so at least people weren’t walking through!

She didn’t care though because she was helping. She didn’t carry the credentials which allowed her to have her own classroom and to receive the pay of a teacher. Instead, she filled a niche the school badly needed and was originally given “volunteer” status to do it.

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Wait, stop before you read this. Look around and make sure no one can see over your shoulder. All clear? Ok, then read on.

What I’m about to tell you is one of the most important elements of success in life. It’s enabled many people to become successful at what they want to do. Here it is: Fake it til you make it.

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve heard the term and my mind has certainly let the original source slip. However, it was heard during my days in consulting when a new job required you to be an expert in a certain field.

Consulting was challenging and fun. Only a few months after I sat through a speech by General Tommy Franks at our college commencement address was I sitting in the office of the vice president of a billion dollar company recommending what he should do with his business.

Obviously, I was qualified to give him advice because he paid our company so much money for it! “You need to invest more money into your IVR service to keep call center costs down”. It sounded logical to me now, but a few months before then an “IVR” sounded like something you needed after a long night of partying!

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