I have read 1000 Places To See Before You Die, 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, as well as a myriad of other books on travel and adventure. My reasoning for travel was and is very simple: I felt like my life was stagnant and I was not sure what my purpose was in life. I did not know whether or not traveling around the world would help or worsen my issues. All I knew is one thing, I was not comfortable with where my life was at that present moment and I sure as hell wasn’t going to wait around at the same job, routine, and life that I was presently at.
I am so incredibly thankful and grateful to have been able to see so much of the world at such a young age and I cannot wait to see what kind of adventures I will go on in the years to come. Continue reading →
Hello, everyone! I recently started a new money-saving challenge this month, which consists of me spending money only on necessities, including rent, gas, insurance and other basic bills each month. I’m doing decently well so far, and I have managed to cut down my spending on clothing, makeup, and coffee by hundreds of dollars. I used to buy coffee daily, which amounted to around $4 a day, or $120 a month! There were occasions when I went to Starbucks twice in one day, which is absolutely absurd to me now that I am only going once a week.
Cutting on monthly expenses is actually a lot easier than you think, especially when you lay everything out on the table. Everything being what you are spending your money on. Continue reading →
Below, I have listed 10 foods that I stay away from, with #10 being an ingredient that I highly encourage all of you to 100% cut out of your diet. This ingredient is hidden in a never ending list of foods and can cause many health problems.
I believe in treating your body like your home or temple. You wouldn’t bring garbage and other harmful ingredients into your house, so why would you put it into your body? Your body does SO many wonderful, amazing things for you every single second. Keep your body thriving and energetic by feeding it healthy, nutritious foods.
We should be feeding the body foods that are going to fuel us for an energetic, vibrant day of living. Foods should not slow you down, make you depressed or lethargic feeling.
Traveling on a budget is so incredibly easy and with the hostel and budget airline world booming, it’s now easier than ever to start your adventure. Below are my most used tips and tricks that I personally used while I ventured off around the world, and what I believe will help you when you visit your next destination.
I recently spent a few months in Europe, last summer in South America, and winter break in Australia. This past weekend I went to New York City and all of this was on a budget. Traveling is not nearly as expensive as people make it sound, you just have to figure out how to do it right.
1. Join a traveling group on Facebook or login into Couchsurfing and find members that live in the specific city you are traveling to. Ask the individual to give you the inside scoop on the non-touristy destinations. These restaurants and shops will most likely be a lot cheaper, and you will also get a real, genuine experience of the city or country you are staying in.
2. Find out when it’s low or high season in the specific country you are traveling to. For instance, traveling to Europe during the summer months is going to cost a lot more than visiting Europe during the fall or winter.
3. Find the cheapest modes of transportation. When I lived in Europe, I was delighted to get inside tips and tricks and made my way all over different countries with Europe’s version of “Uber”, only long distance rides. I once paid 20 euro (did you know it’s euro, and not euros?) for a car ride from Nice, France, to Bologna, Italy. That’s one heck of a deal!
4. Do your research and stay in hostels that are offering the most free add-ons. It’s very easy these days to find a hostel that is going to offer free wifi, free buffet breakfast, and free showers.
5. Find out if or when museums or other tourist attractions have free admission days. In Italy, there was some kind of free admission day designed especially for women, celebrating women, which allowed me to enter museums with no cost at all.
6. If you are a student, make sure to sign up for a STA Travel card which gives you access to thousands of discounts all around the world. My ISIC card gave me a discount on my Machu Picchu trip.
7. Take advantage of Groupon and its travel section. There are tons of discounted trips, flights, and packages that are definitely worth looking into. I have a few friends that have personally used the Groupon trips and they have all said it’s 100% worth it.
8. I have found that souvenirs are not worth it. They can be bulky and wasteful, and most of the time end up in storage. For me personally, photographs are my souvenirs. I create photo albums and share my memories that way. If you must buy a souvenir for you or a friend, I recommend buying magnets or postcards. They are cheap and small to pack.
9. When you travel, you are going to find that there are often many travel agencies that offer “free tours”. Yes, these are free, but they do recommend you tip, and the tour guide will also mention tipping at the end, which usually costs the same as buying a ticket from an actual tour agency anyway.
10. Buy a water bottle and use the bathroom whenever you have free access to one. Bathrooms cost money in most foreign countries, and water is not cheap, and in some cases, not clean enough to drink.
Traveling does not have to be expensive or stressful when planning out. There are so many different ways to save money while traveling and some of my favorite memories while traveling has been free. I also recommend checking out Traveloka for even more ways to save money while traveling!
Saving money and traveling the world don’t go hand in hand – so we think. I understand that it can seem like a monumental task to plan a vacation on a budget, but I’ve found a great app that can take a bit of the trouble off your shoulders. Introducing Whym, a new travel app that offers last-minute, discounted tickets to tours, events, and attractions in the world’s most popular travel destinations. Tourists from all over the globe flock to the attractions Whym offers, but seldom do they get to experience these adventures for the prices Whym guarantees. The next time you’re bitten by the travel bug, let spontaneity reign and jet off!