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Traveling With Freeloading Friends
As vacation season hits, many friends will be traveling together. The benefit of traveling together is sharing the cost of the vacation.
Or is it?
What if your friend comes along but doesn’t pay his or her fare share as you thought you agreed?
“A getaway shared with friends or relatives can be the stuff of everlasting memories -- unless squabbles over finances turn close relationships into ancient history,” warns Cybele Weisser on CNNMoney.com.
Weisser provides some tips on how to travel with friends without letting financial baggage ruin your vacation. For example, she says, talk before taking off to make sure everyone is on the same page. And be specific about what each person will contribute toward expenses.
The Cost to Cruise
Exploring the friendly seas could be very financially unfriendly.
Ian Salisbury of the Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch counts down 10 things cruise lines fail to hype, such as all the add-on fees passengers can be charged.
“From Internet service (up to 75 cents a minute on Carnival) to fountain sodas for the kids (unlimited refills are $4.50 a day on Royal Caribbean)” there is a charge,” writes Salisbury.
He goes on to say: “Even meals have begun to come with surcharges, according to experts. While the main dining hall is still free, ships have been jumping on the foodie trend by creating smaller boutique restaurants. Thus, Norwegian’s specialty restaurants, which specialize in French, Brazilian and other cuisines, ‘provide refined choices’ for an extra $15 to $75 per person, according to its website.”
Read the rest of the countdown here.
I Want My Ring Back
NFL player Mario Williams is suing former fiancee Erin Marzouki for failing to return a 10.04-carat diamond engagement ring worth $785,000.
Williams said that since Marzouki was the one who called off the wedding she should return the bling.
This led me to ask: “Should Williams’s ex have to return the ring?”
“That is a conditional gift that hinges on actual marriage wrote Erica M. Caesar of Gaithersburg, Md. “Since marriage did not occur, the ring be returned to Mr. Williams.”
Mary Maxwell of Orlando wrote: “Whoever ends the engagement gives up the ring. Period.”
“I seem to recollect that etiquette books advised that if the young woman breaks an engagement, she must return the ring,” wrote Virginia Russell of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. “Technically, she should return all expensive gifts, as well. On the other hand, once the couple is married, the wife is entitled to anything she has received, no matter how short the marriage may be. Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I still see merit in this guideline. The ring is given as a symbol of love that is meant to last through a couple’s lifetime together. If she doesn’t want that commitment from him anymore, why would she want to retain the ring?”