The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to Traveling the World.

If I can say one great thing about myself, (ok let’s be real, there’s a lot of great things I can say about myself…💁🏼) it would be that I know how to find a great deal! Whether it’s in a food store, clothing store, or sex shoppe,  I’m always trying to find the best deals that will fit perfectly into my budget. I recently got to thinking that I really need to “get out more” and travel to some places I’ve never been. One place in particular I would love to visit is Ireland, (the land of my people). It’s such a gorgeous country filled with breathtaking scenery and CASTLES! But when you go to look up a trip online, and when you add everything together, it can be pretty costly. UNLESS you know where you look and how to plan efficiently. Everyone deserves a getaway every now and then. I mean really, why work if you can’t occasionally treat yourself to something nice?!

I know what you’re thinking, “I do not need some article telling me I need to get out more; I need the money to do so!” However, I’m still going to tell you; YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MILLIONAIRE TO TRAVEL!

Use Pinterest: Pinterest has got to be one of the most amazing creations the world has seen thus far. Every day I’m on there looking up cute DIY projects to brighten up my apartment, or to gift for other people. Right now I’m using it to help plan a trip for myself and my hubby, and Pinterest has been like my travel guru. Everything that is already pinned to the page is from a traveler who has already gone on the trip. You’ll be able to find so many secret gems that you never would had find through a travel agency. It’s also a great way to familiarize yourself with the locals and their customs, (if you’re traveling to a new country) to see how they live.

Groupon: Do not be afraid to plan a trip using Groupon. Whether you’re planning a huge trip across country or just need a weekend getaway, you are sure to find a deal that fits your budget. The only thing you need to be aware of though, are the days and times of travel. Hotels and airlines are able to give such great deals because they are set up with specific travel days. So before you confirm anything, just make sure to read the fine print! My friends who travel vigorously though, swear by Groupon! One of my dream vacations to take with my husband is Ireland. However, when I attempted to book through an agency, the entire trip was over 10 thousand dollars! That’s insane! I mean, I’m a writer, not a drug dealer! That is when one of my friends told me to look through Groupon. I looked into the EXACT SAME TRIP, and the price was AMAZING. $899 per person, and that includes round trip airfare, B&B and Hotel stays, and a rental car. Mind=Blown.

Start your own vacation fund: We have a mason jar on our dresser in the bedroom that is specifically for vacations. We started adding more to it after the wedding, and cannot wait to cash in on it soon! We literally just add left over change from the day but eventually it does add up. It also is great to know that you have something to look forward too. Especially if you’re having a bad day at work and you’re wishing you could just jump on a plane at that very moment and never return. Adding some change to your vacation jar before bed will put you in a better mood knowing you’re one step closer to that sandy beach and fruity cocktail!

Use your friends: Not in a bad way of course! But if you’re traveling somewhere and know someone who lives there, see if you’re able to crash at their place for your stay. Offer to take them out to dinner and to a show as a thank you. You’ll be able to afford it because you’ll be saving yourself a bundle in hotel fees! 

Use Credit Cards: I wish I thought of this when I was in school and using my credit cards constantly to pay for books and supplies! Get a credit card that allows you to stock up on airline miles every time you use it! Then when you’re ready to book a flight, you can cash in and won’t have to pay anything for airfare! This also gives you extra cash to spend on drink during your flight.. HOLLA! 

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