I just got back from a 2 day bachelorette trip in Iceland. Why Iceland? Because if you follow flight deals like me, Wow Air and Iceland Air are always having crazy cheap flight deals to Reykjavik. It was cheaper to fly to Iceland than Napa. So, the real question is, why not? With a group of 11 girls, naturally our first stop was the Blue Lagoon, but as you’ll read below, it should be everyone’s first stop…
Getting To The Blue Lagoon
When figuring out logistics for my Iceland trip, time was a factor because I was only there for 48 hours,
I’m always trying to buy local goods when traveling internationally. Between tracking down hard to find items, saving money on the currency exchange rate and getting VAT refunds, I have shopping down to a science (or more like a math).
In my previous post, I talked about some hard to find Germany beauty items, but this post is all about saving money. The amount I save is shockingly significant. I save about 30-40% on designer fashion and 20-40% on beauty. It’s sometimes less, like designer shoes is significantly less than handbags for example, but I’d say this is the average. There are two ways to potentially save:
Currency Exchange Rate
1- Download a currency app
I highly recommend you download the app,
Not only can shopping abroad save you lots of money, but many times you can purchase things that you simply can’t buy outside of that country. One of the first things I look for is beauty products, especially in Germany. The biggest buzz in the beauty world is K-Beauty, Korean beauty products, but did you know the product that started the whole phenomenon- the BB cream, is originally a German invention? A German dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek, created this multi-purpose miracle cream to protect the skin of her patients after chemical peels and surgery while also giving them some color coverage.
Having traveled the world, it’s pretty hard to pick a favorite place, but Germany is definitely one of my favorite countries to visit. (And U.S. News and World Report did just name it the best country in the world.) Although I highly recommend everyone celebrate all that is soccer & beer in Munich and shop & eat your hearts out in sexy, cosmopolitan Berlin, I’m going to tell you all about a lesser known travel destination- Freiburg. A city in the south west of Germany.
Freiburg is wonderfully scenic and romantic, much like the south of France, but yet is also an incredibly progressive academic city,