How I’ve Seen 5 Continents By Age 23

13th February 2017

As many of you may know if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I recently got back from Tokyo. Last month, I visited London, and the month before that, it was New York. Last year I spent awhile in Europe, and the year before that, I lived in Peru for awhile.

Traveling around the world so often at such a young age has been a blessing and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

If you’re interested in seeing all of my travel posts in an organized setup, you can check it out here. I was an au pair for a short while and wrote a few informative articles on that, as well as spent time at a special needs orphanage in Peru.

So let’s get started with a secret that many of you might not know, starting with #1 below. 

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

1. Family and friend tickets from the airline employee

I have a family member that works for the airline, and I can’t say too much about this, but just know that my flights are ridiculously cheap. If you work for an airline, free flights are usually one of the many benefits you’ll receive. You can work as a flight attendant, pilot (LOTS of schooling!), front desk agent, and tons more.

2. Blogging full-time allows me to work wherever, whenever

Not only do I get a flexible schedule, but I can also ask hostels and hotels for a free stay in exchange for a review (if I am pleased with my stay). I’m always 100% honest with you guys and would not recommend a place that I wasn’t 100% sure about. Blogging leads to hundreds and hundreds of benefits, seriously.

You can find out how to easily start a blog here.

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

3. Stay in hostels or Airbnb’s

Hostels usually range from $5-$30 per night depending on the city. Depending on the city, Airbnb can be even cheaper than hostels. I paid $40 a night for 2 people for an entire apartment in downtown Tokyo. Sign up here and get $20 towards your first trip.

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

4. Non-U.S. airlines are significantly cheaper

I flew around Europe for around $30 a flight. Some flights go as low as $10. Non-U.S. airlines are almost always cheaper than U.S. airlines.

Related tip: Use Ebates to get up to 10% cash back on flights. Ebates can also be used on any major shopping site. Get $10 by signing up here.

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

5. Use Workaway, teach English abroad or au pair

Workaway is a website that allows you to register as a volunteer and pick a destination of your liking. You then choose a program that you’re interested in, whether it be working at a hostel, farm, sanctuary, or help a family learn English. In exchange, you’ll usually get free accommodations, free food, internet, and more. I stayed at a Workaway farm in Perugia, Italy and met people from all over the world. We all shared a night in Perugia that I’ll never forget. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.

Teaching English Abroad is another great way to make money and immerse yourself in another culture. You usually get free accommodation, cell phone, and more. I actually have a TEFL certificate, so I’m currently able to teach English anywhere in the world but haven’t used it yet. I will one day!

Au pairing was an experience I’ll never forget. I was able to live in Bologna, Italy at no cost and even got a small stipend, phone, and more. Immersing myself into a culture was important, as I wanted to see Italy as a true Italian. You can learn how to become an au pair here.

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

6. Groupon

Groupon can be used almost anywhere in the world and the deals are insanely good. If you have a travel companion, flights and excursions are VERY cheap. There’s a cruise on Groupon right now that goes to the Bahamas for only $199 for 2 people, for 2 nights. Groupon always has travel deals, so make sure you head over to the travel section before you book your next trip.

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

7. Take overnight trains

Overnight trains are usually much cheaper AND you don’t have to pay for accommodations. This is a little secret many people don’t know that can actually save you a ton of money if you’re backpacking throughout a continent.

Related tip: Ibotta gives discounts on many items at the store, which can save you money on food, toiletries, and more during your travels. Get $10 for signing up here. Find out how it works below.

Check out this convenient way to save money on groceries. The steps are so simple and can end up saving you a lot of money each time you go to the store.

8. Go on free excursions

Anytime I visit a city I look up a list of free things to do before diving in into the costly excursions. While I was in Tokyo, I found this app called GPSmycity, and it basically gives you guided walking tours of almost every major city in the world. The app also gives you facts about the certain spot you’re visiting, while also making sure you’re going on the walking tour in the most convenient fashion.

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

9. If you don’t have a family member or friend working for an airline, read here:

  • reward credit cards are worth it if you’re financially responsible. This is the fastest way to acquire miles
  • fly the same airline when you can and use the loyalty programs
  • being flexible on departure times pays off
  • sign up for frequent flyer programs
  • travel light, checking bags usually costs a good chunk of change
  • layovers usually make the flight cheaper, plus you get the possibility of seeing another city if the layover is long enough

10. If you get bumped to a new flight, ask for a check.

The airline is required to either give you a voucher or check. The check is ALWAYS better because who knows when your next trip will be, and it can be turned into cash.

Traveling on a budget is very doable, but there are other secrets and hacks when it comes to traveling cheaply. Find out here how you can see the world on a budget.

Travel resources I recommend:

How To Travel The World On $50 A Day

Travel Power Charger

Travel Backpack

2 in 1 Travel Straightener

Have you used any of these tips when traveling? What are some other tips you recommend?

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6 thoughts on “How I’ve Seen 5 Continents By Age 23

  1. nicole

    Hey, that’s pretty amazing! It would be a blast to get to travel all the time. I definitely want to bookmark this page in the event I decide to take the leap one day. 🙂 I’m pretty grounded for the next several months as I complete my orthodontic treatment. Having to see the orthodontist every four weeks doesn’t allow for long travels when I’m based in the Midwest. Also, I have two cats now who mean the world to me. 🙂 Leaving them to travel the world would be super hard for me. I left them with my mom for a week so I could go to California, and that was hard! I would love to go to Europe someday, though. It looks amazing.

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    1. Alexis Post author

      I totally understand how hard it is leaving pets. It was so much harder for me to leave my dogs than my boyfriend! I think it’s because I can’t speak to my dogs on the phone (though I do when I’m traveling for long periods of time!) Haha. Europe is seriously the best, and the people are wonderful. =)

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    1. Alexis Post author

      The benefits are so awesome! Sometimes I think about working for an airline one day only because I love the ambiance at airports, but I also know that airport employees get treated like dirt a lot. I’ll have to figure out how to get flights with credit cards. I honestly have no idea, simply because I’ve been getting free flights my whole life!

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