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This week's travel diary: A 38-year-old sales director goes to the French Riviera with her fiancé for some sun, shopping, and gambling.
Occupation: Sales Director
Salary: $120,000 (£93,168)
Travel Companion: Fiancé, A.
Travel Companion's Salary: $110,000 (£85,404)
Hometown: Los Angeles
Trip Location: French Riviera (Cannes, Nice, Monaco)
Trip Length: 9 Days
Annual # Of Vacation Days: 23
Companion’s # of Vacation Days: Unlimited (works for himself)
Costs: I booked my round-trip flight using my credit card travel site and used some rewards points. I used 41,437 rewards points and charged $1,187.06 (£921.59) for the flight. I flew from LAX to JFK, had a two-hour layover, then flew from JFK to Nice. I had the same connections and layover going back to LA. For our departure day, we booked a flat-rate private local car service through our hotel, to take us from our hotel in Monaco to Nice Airport, since Uber is not available in Monaco it cost $75 (£58.23) for my half.
Total: $1,262.06 (£979.86)
We stayed at three different hotels during our stay: Two nights in Cannes at Hotel Barrière Le Majestic, booked through my credit card travel site, which included daily breakfast and an upgrade to a nicer room ($397.90 (£308.93) for my half). Two nights in Nice at Le Méridien, booked direct through the Marriott app—we were upgraded to a nicer room for being a Gold member ($331.34 (£257.25) for my half). Three nights in Monaco at Le Méridien Beach Plaza, booked direct through the Marriott app—also upgraded to a nicer room for being a Gold member ($605.15 (£469.84) for my half).
Total: $1,334.39 (£1036.02)
Miscellaneous pre-vacation spending:
Gel mani/pedi: $137.00 (£106.37)
Toms espadrilles (purchased so I could have cute and comfortable walking shoes other than sneakers): $54.70 (£42.47)
2 pairs of pants, 2 tops from Athleta, 2 cardigans from Banana Republic, and a pair of Allbirds: $530.64 (£411.99)
Total: $722.34 (£560.82)
Miscellaneous post-vacation spending: None