Traveling on a budget is soooo huge for me because I don’t have the luxury of PTO from either of my jobs. For both LA and my upcoming trip to Colorado, I have done some strategic planning to keep my travel expenses at a minimum so I will be able to fully enjoy taking some time off without worrying. So if your life looks anything like mine, (work 7days a week, no PTO, etc…) DON’T WORRY. It is possible to travel, just with some extra effort. But it’s all worth it! Only a few short months ago I started to realize it was possible to travel with the kind of lifestyle I currently have. Beforehand I would always say no to anything that required a hotel, plane, or more than 2 days off from work. Which by the way, was a total buzzkill for the people looking to travel with me!!
Here are a few tips for having a worry free travel experience:
- Try to find the cheapest flights available. This may seem obvious, but will require some flexibility in your travel dates. Finding the cheapest flight for the amount of days we were looking to stay in LA was what solidified the actual dates that we went.
(SIDE NOTE) This reason is actually why I didn’t do a tree planting event in California for earth day!! There were many events to choose from, and I am dying to go back to Cali, but I picked the event that had the C H E A P E S T flight available. And I scored with Colorado. I most likely will never spend over $300 for a round trip flight during this travel phase of mine. That’s the top of my budget and I’m sticking to it!
- Pick up some extra shifts. For three weeks leading up to LA, including working the NIGHT BEFORE my flight took off at 7am the next morning, I asked to pick up some shifts from my second job. The 3 shifts I picked up literally paid for the whole trip. Maybe look into getting a side job as a waitress/waiter, or UBER, or anything that can help you put money towards a travel fund.
- Try to stay with someone you know in the area. The stars aligned for me on this one to make LA possible. Luckily for me, my friend I was traveling with wanted to visit her friend in LA, which meant we had a place to stay! The fact that we had a place to stay for free was what really made our decision to go for it, because my budget only had room for the flights and food! (Don’t forget to factor in food. You gotta eat!! BUT, if you don’t know anyone in the area, look into cheaper options.
For Colorado I am staying in a lodge that has one hostel style room. This means that I will be sharing a living space with people I don’t know, which is scary since I haven’t done this before (ill report back after the trip on this) but I have friends who have stayed in hostels and they recommend it! It could be a way to make friends during your stay too.
There are other resources out there too; you just gotta put in the time to ask a friend, or dig them out!
- Do some research on transportation once you land! I am 24, so car rental companies add at least another $100 to a car rental for my age, and that’s definitely out of my budget. (This almost stopped me from going! You have to be 25 for normal rates). So I looked into public transportation for the area, and BOOM! Back in budget! Make sure you look into how far your hotel is from the airport, and from your planned activities. Maybe you can walk to your hotel, or maybe it’s an hour away from the airport. Either way, make sure you check your options beforehand!
So guys, with the right planning, price checking and sticking to your budget, it is definitely possible to travel without money worries. Even with a crazy life!!
Thanks for reading! I’d love if you would share your travel experience in the comment, if you have any travel tips to share, or if you have any questions! Thanks!
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