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A weird thing happened over the weekend, I hit my one year blog anniversary. I started the blog because I wanted to share my experiences with money, fortunately most of those experiences have been positive. One year later, I still enjoy blogging so that’s a positive sign. I’ve also been quoted in the media a few times which has been very cool.

How it all began

On a whim I contacted Preet Banerjee and I shared my story about how my financial advisor wanted me dead on his podcast. I followed that up with some guest posts for Canajun Finances, Boomer and Echo, and My Own Advisor. These guys encouraged me to start blogging, and provided me with a ton of advice to get me started.

Popular posts

Here’s are the 3 most popular posts I had in the last year. I had a blast writing them so I’m glad everyone enjoyed them.

The 5 best currency exchange options for travellers
Is debt normal and sexy?
Crap I can’t afford anymore

People I’ve met

The thing I love most about the personal finance community is how awesome everyone is. In my day job, the competition is seen as the enemy and everyone is always trying to one up each other. But in the personal finance world, everyone is friendly and encouraging; definitely the contrast to what I’m used to.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet some great people including: Squawkfox, Blonde on a Budget, Melissa Leong, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Bruce Sellery, Kelley Keehn, Jason Heath, Wealthing Like RabbitsKrystal Yee, Promod Sharma, Mo Money Mo Houses and Young and Thrifty I’m sure I’ve met more but there’s just too many to name.

One year blog anniversary celebration

Blogs I read on a regular basis

I follow all the above mentioned people but I also enjoy reading: Rob Carrick, Roma Luciw, Our Big Fat Wallet, Budgets Are Sexy, Canadian Couch Potato, TuGo Travel Insurance, AAFS Insurance, LSM Insurance, Tawcan, Urban DeparturesMaking Sense of Cents, Jim Byers, The Travel HackThe Wallet Diet and much more. Honestly there’s so much good material out there it’s impossible to read everything.

Travel plans

As many of you have noticed, I write a lot about budget travel; it’s what I love to do. My wife and I have no set plans this year but we’ve currently looking at Iceland/Spain or Hong Kong/Japan. A long weekend trip to Chicago is in the works too. We’re pretty open so if the right travel opportunity came up, we’d be on a plane right away.

Goals for the year 2

Learn how to use Lightroom – I’ve always enjoyed photography so this year I want to focus a little more on it. Well mainly I want to learn how to process my photos better. It would be nice to pick up a new camera body but that’s a bit out of the budget right now

Write more – I remained consistent in my first year by writing 2 posts a week. I’d like to increase my writing schedule but it can be incredibly time consuming. It would be great to pick up some more freelance work too so if you’re hiring, send me an email!

Read more – I already mentioned how it’s impossible to read everything but it would be great if I could read even more posts from other bloggers.

Best advice

If you’ve been following me for a while and you’re thinking about starting your own blog, here’s my advice to you. Just do it!

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Image courtesy: BfickAkhil Mekkatt / Flickr


  1. Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom on February 10, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Happy Birthday Money We Have! (big vote for Iceland from me)

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 9:41 AM


      Thanks, my wife is leaning Iceland, I’m leaning Japan (of course)

  2. Robb Engen on February 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    I’m glad you started your bog, Barry. You’ve been a great addition to the personal finance community. Keep up the great work here!

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      Thanks for all the encouragement. Couldn’t have done it without you.

  3. Robb Engen on February 10, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    *Blog. I need a comment editor.

  4. Mario on February 10, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Happy anniversary! Among your choices, as much as I enjoyed Japan and E. Asia generally, nothing I’ve seen anywhere compares to Iceland

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 10:01 AM


      Thanks! We’ve been to Japan before but just Tokyo so it would be nice to explore other parts of the country. Iceland would be cool too since it would be more of a nature vacation. Very different trips, both cool.

  5. @wealthingrabbit on February 10, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Happy Blogger-versary Day! (I just made that up.) My vote is for Iceland / Spain too although I’m really looking forward to reading your post after your trip to Chicago, as the Windy City is on my “weekend getaway” list too. as well, Thanks for the mention and for all of your support of WLR.


    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 2:15 PM

      Wealthing Rabbit,

      You may have to wait a while as we’re looking at August. Our big vacation would be in May or June.

  6. Our Big Fat Wallet on February 10, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Thanks for the shoutout and congrats on hitting the one year mark! I’ve been to Hong Kong (3 weeks ago), Japan and Chicago so if you have any questions let me know. Happy travels!

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 2:15 PM


      No idea you went to Hong Kong recently, I could have given you tips on where to eat =D. Been to Japan but just Tokyo but I may have to ask you about Chicago one day.

  7. Daniel (SaveWithDan.ca) on February 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Yay, Happy Birthday! One year of consistent blogging is not for the faint of heart! Keep up the good job!

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 2:17 PM


      So far I’m not running out of material so that’s a good sign right?

  8. Brian So on February 10, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Thanks for the shoutout Barry and the support on Twitter! Congrats on the one year anniversary. You’ve really found a niche by blending travel tips with personal finance topics. Keep it up!

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM


      Yes having a niche is vital in my opinion. There’s so much great stuff out there that it’s easy to get missed.

  9. Christine on February 10, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Aw yeah, I made the list! Thanks for your readership Barry and congrats on the 1-year anniversary. We’re both in the same city so I’m sure we’ll cross real life paths one day. CPFC 2015, perhaps?

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 4:48 PM


      You’re putting out some graet work, keep at it! Yeah I’ll be at CPFC 2015, might be speaking, I need to talk to Krystal about that.

  10. Tawcan on February 10, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Happy anniversary Barry. Time flies when you’re having fun right? I would love to go to Iceland one of these days. If we take Iceland Air to go to Denmark to visit my wife’s family, we can stop by Iceland for a few days. Maybe we’ll do that in the near future. We’re hoping to go to Japan this year but will see what happens.

    If you need any help on Lightroom, give me a shout, I’m doing photography as a side business. 🙂

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 6:07 PM


      Yes you get 7 days free stopover in Iceland via Iceland Air. We were originally going to do Denmark but we think we’ll save that for next year when we go to England for a wedding.

      I totally need to pick your brain about Lightroom and photography in general.

  11. Virna on February 10, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary!!! I enjoy reading your posts regarding travel and budgeting. I also appreciate all your suggestions and recommendations. I’m looking forward to your future travel posts.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM


      Thanks! The whole point of the blog was to give out practical tips that anyone can use, especially towards travel. Happy that it’s helped.

  12. Mark Seed (@myownadvisor) on February 10, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Happy Anniversary Barry…glad I could help give you a small nudge to get started 🙂

    No doubt you are enjoying the blog and some of the fun that comes with it!

    All the best for year ahead, including any travel 😉

    Cheers my friend!

    • Barry Choi on February 10, 2015 at 7:43 PM


      You gave me a big push =D Helped me a lot with the backend blogging stuff.

  13. potbelly on February 10, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Congratulations! Happy one year!

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