Throwback 20s

Throwback 20s: How I Traveled to China For Free!

So every now and then when I binge read other FIRE blogs, I wonder what the heck I was doing in my 20s when they were all seemingly frugaling away their coppers.  To keep my head up and not get too bogged down with what I wasn’t doing, I decided to start this series as a gentle reminder of the adventure portfolio I was building with a FIRE twist.  So instead of bemoaning my twenties, I want to take some time to celebrate that part of The Journey! Come along! I urge you!


2008 Summer China Travel and Teaching Program
July 1-26, 2008

Where I was placed

Nanjing Foreign Language School-Xianlin Campus
Xianlin Blvd, Nanjing
Jiangsu Province, China




Summer China Travel and Teaching Program is sponsored by local Chinese schools in China. It provides North American teachers with a unique cultural experience and a learning opportunity through tours in China as well as professional development on Chinese language and culture that is offered on campus.

  • Your international airfare of $1,185.00 will be reimbursed to you after you arrival in China. You will receive RMB 3,000.00 for your shopping money upon your arrival in China and the rest of the amount in US Dollars after you arrive at school.
  • The Chinese school will pay for your daily meals, hotel housing, local transportation, and tours (housing, meals, admissions, local transportation and domestic flights in China) to Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Guilin. Local bus transportation will be provided for tours to Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, and Hangzhou. You will fly from Hangzhou to Guilin and from Guilin to Shanghai.





typical family style meal, low meat, lots of veg


even more economic than cloth diapers: NO diapers! #FIREapproved


FIRE approved transportation!


who needs a high rise with an elevator, when there’s good ole human backs






I took Polaroids on this trip so I could have actual pictures. Price of a Polaroid camera in 2008: $3.99


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