My second and final item on my list was to drop off post cards for loved ones back home. Since I'm always on such a tight budget one of my money saving tricks is to send postcards home from my destinations. People actually love this gesture. It always surprises me when I visit my parents or friend and I see a postcard from 9 years ago tucked in the frame of their bedroom mirror. Buying a t-shirt for everyone cost way too much and creates more baggage for me to bring home. Post cards however have a beautiful picture, let's people know that they were on your mind enough to write them a thoughtful message, and even if they arrive a week after I've return it always a pleasant surprise to find amongst a stack of bills. Yesterday I bought 4 postcards for $1BD and it cost me $2.80BD to send them off. Even though I'll be home in 3 hours, those postcards will make 4 people smile when they arrive in a few days or weeks.
Right now I'm at the airport for an early check-in. My belly is full, my heart is content, and I have one hell-of-a view from where I'm sitting and chilling. As soon I get home I will start budgeting and planning for my next trip (btw apart from the plane ticket) I spent less than $100 in these 3 days, I would have spent twice as much at home in gas and groceries. I think I just came up with my new travel motto, "travel cheap, travel often". Let me know what you think of it or please share if you would like to donate a motto that describes Echo and her Journeys.