Traveling on a Budget
By: Karishma Kapur
If you're reading this, you're probably thinking about how you wish you were on a beach sipping a margarita. Then someone from work comes over and puts you back to reality. If you're traveling on a budget, don't think your vacation is over just yet. There's plenty of things you can do to have a successful vacation!
Go in with an open mindset. This may not be the perfect vacation or the Maldives like you see on Instagram, but you can make it just as fun and relaxing if you're not picky about the destination and the activities. Go in with an open mindset, and figure out what is your priority. Are you hoping to have a vacation where you rest on the beach all day or are you hoping to party it up all night? Is it important to explore a new city and try new foods or is it important to have adventurous activities all day? Have one priority in mind and stick with it so it can lead to a range of possibilities.
Use apps to help determine flights (and make sure you're using private windows on computers). Some apps can be super helpful such as Hopper. Hopper will tell you exactly when the price of a flight is down depending on the dates and it's worked great. It'll look up your flights across a bunch of different websites and determine if now is a right time to book. If it's not, the app will send you a notification when to book the flight at the lowest price and when until to wait. This has helped me save hundreds of dollars before.
Travel slow. Instead of traveling to 4-5 different cities in Europe within a week, take it easy and travel to 1-2 cities. Really explore the cities, go to the highest point of the cities, walk, take buses and enjoy! You can make it a relaxing vacation by limiting how many cities you go and still find good instagrams.
Take free classes. Facebook promotes tons of free activities to do now. Go on the popular website and look up things to do in the city you're going to! There might be some interesting ones such as yoga, cooking, dancing, surfing, etc. It'll tell you exactly when and where to go and you can meet people in these classes.
Last but not least: enjoy the experiences, not the insta-likes. In this day and age, it's so easy to get caught up in seeing how many people have liked your Instagram and how many people have viewed your story. It's especially cool when you're traveling, and peers might be commenting "so cool!" on a picture of you with a Buddha that may cost an extra $20. Although these comments are fun, don't forget to enjoy the experience. Learn about the culture, enjoy the different food, go hiking (normally free) instead of buying likes. Save yourself by enjoying these moments, keeping a journal instead of bringing back souvenirs for yourself.