Traveling Like a Budget Babe
Who ever said penny-pinchers couldn’t be classy? First let’s break down, “Classy.” Pearls? A Chanel GST shopper tote? Perfectly nude heels? How about confidence? Intelligence? It’s not just about the look; it’s that air of distinction we get, like when we raise our pinky while drinking our nightly glass of wine #oliviapopestyle. Don’t just look cultured; be cultured by travelling and experiencing the world. Whether you have student loans, you’re saving for that coveted purse or life just got in the way, you can still have the world at your fingertips, by travelling on a budget.
Seek It Out!
It’s all about being that PowerB!tch. Make use of the reason you got those student loans in the first place and put your brain to good work. The strong and intelligent woman you are can travel anywhere you damn well please, just by finding the right deals.
- Find Cheap Flights on flight websites like Skyscanner.com and CheapOAir.com where you can quickly compare flights to find the cheapest deal.
- Squat. Not just for a perky butt. We mean be a squatter…a legal one…by housesitting. Know a friend in Australia who needs someone to keep an eye on their home? Drop everything and figure it out. Start at House Sitters America, Mind My House and the Caretaker Gazette.
- You don’t need fancy. Travel is about the real and the raw experience. Stay at hostels or rent rooms from locals through sites like Airbnb.com to get a feel for the area’s hot spots and hidden treasures, and snap the hell out of them on your Instagram.
- Connect. Have a pilot friend or know a friend of a friend who works for an airline? Take them out to lunch and request a buddy pass! Use those persuasive skills of yours and turn that lunch into a discount trip to Greece (handsome friend of a friend may or may not be invited #summerfling).
Get Your Sh!t Together
Before you throw around the million excuses of why you can’t travel or don’t have the funds for your next adventure, look around. Did you need that flat-screen TV? I mean how many Real Housewives can you really binge-watch? Was your last weekender a blur because of all the parties, sprees or whatever else you did to soak up the California sun? Let’s scale back a little so we can really experience the world:
- Pick something you can live without and live without it. “Maybe if you just drank less Starbucks you could…” said every financial advisor ever. If you didn’t spend that $4 a day on your latte, you could save $1,460 a year! That has to be a round-trip flight to London.
- Go Generic. As much as it irritates you to not use your favorite brand, go for generic or don’t buy brands at all. Do you really need another pair of aviators? If you really want another, get your next pair on your next trip! There’s something to look forward to.
- Zero Big Weekends = One Big Trip. A weekend trip here and there can be tempting…just imagine getting those macarons you want, but in France.
- Wine + Netflix. Put the money you’d normally spend on a night out into your savings and voila.
- Ask for Money (really). Next time you’re due a present, ask for something related to travel. If you’re too shy to ask straight up for those bills, ask for gift cards related to traveling (air mileage, travel goods stores etc.).
You’re halfway across the world, so go selfie crazy. You’re always wondering, “how do they have the time and money to travel?” as you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed, but now it’s time for people to wonder how you did it. Plus, selfies are a way for you to look back with your kids at your younger years when you were cool and well traveled. Your face in the picture is just further evidence of your former coolness.
So spread your fiscally responsible wings and fly into paradise (or cityscape, your choice).