The most common question I get is “How are you able to travel so much?”
Well, the simple answer is I have the money and the time.
And before you think, aw man, travel is not for me, I have great news for you: I am not a millionaire nor do I have a unlimited vacation time. I am talking about making the most of what you have. A lot of my friends and family always ask me if I work or have a job. I definitely do. In fact, I have multiple hustles. I can't wait once or twice a year to take longer vacations. I like escaping the winter and getting a change of scenery almost every weekend. I mix my vacations throughout the year with the most being my good ole' weekend trips. I enjoy mini vacations to places that have quick access from NYC's surrounding airports along with some longer vacations to further destinations.
Budget Travel (Save Money)
First, let’s talk about budget travel. I am currently on my way to Guadeloupe, an island in the French Caribbean, on a solo trip for MLK Day weekend. My flights were a total of $200 round trip on Norwegian Air and my Airbnb accommodation is a total of $60 for 3 nights. I also had a $50 Airbnb referral credit, so I really only ended up spending $10 for accommodation the entire weekend. My trip to Guadeloupe literally cannot get any cheaper unless I slept on the beach every night. Take the time to look for the cheapest flight and don’t book the first flight that you see unless it is a great price. Also, if you are traveling solo, consider booking a private room on Airbnb or a bed in hostel. This option could save you half or more of the standard price of a hotel.
Be sure to take advantage of flight deals as well. I've flown to Turks and Caicos for $300. Barcelona and Lisbon for $300. Copenhagen and Stockholm for $300. Iceland for $250. Guadeloupe for $250. I flew on an error fare from NY to Abu Dhabi for $300. I could go on. 300 seems to be my lucky number, right?
Long Weekends (Save Time)
Next, let’s discuss taking advantage of long weekends. A lot of people tell me that they don’t have the time to travel. Listen, I have a full time job, too. I work Monday through Friday and still make time for what I love to do - even when I worked 100-hour work weeks. I take advantage off my weekends, because I love taking mini vacations throughout the year. I'm not telling you to start slacking off at work but I am encouraging you to live your best life to the fullest. You can be a dedicated and committed employee and love your life at the same time. Here is how you can save some of your vacation days.
This year in 2018, there are seven U.S. federal holidays that land on a Monday, and I plan on taking advantage of every single one. This limits the amount of vacation days I have to request off and leaves room for the long haul trips that I plan to take later in the year. For instance, I did not use a vacation day for MLK day weekend (Monday, January 15) and still am able to take a 3-day vacation. For Memorial Day weekend, (Monday, May 28), I am going to request off the Friday before and am going to enjoy a 4-day trip someone hot, preferably in the North America perhaps Mexico or the Caribbean. Often times, traveling domestically in the US is often times more expensive than traveling internationally, especially during US holiday weekends. Go on sites like TravelPirates.com or ThriftyTraveler.com, and you can see a lot of good prices for flights and other accommodation :)
What are some of the things holding you back from traveling and going the places that you want to this year? Look out for upcoming blog post with tips on how to book solo travel!