By Zulimar Toro
Being young with little funds can get in the way of that if you’re living from paycheck to paycheck. Spending nights eating ramen noodles in a library versus dancing in the middle of an African tribe can be disappointing for wanderlusts. Still, worry not because there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. While that statement may not be literally true, and if you keep up with The Walking Dead you know what I mean, good strategizing and planning will give you the flashlight to find your way to any destination you choose. Here are some rules to get you off the couch and on to strange places with odd people.
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Plan ahead and stay nearby! I’m all for living in the moment and riding elephants in India but when on a budget there are some things that must be sacrificed. The goal is to get the most out of that dollar. If you live in Miami you may want to stay in the states, go to an island nearby or take a weekend cruise because of its affordability. Going across the world can wait until it is no longer a financial strain.
- Google until you can no longer see your screen straight. Research is the only way to compare deals that work for you.
- Be aware of low seasons. Traveling to Miami in style is usually 50% off over the summer simply because it tends to rain from 3pm-6pm a couple times per week. Never seen snow? Go anywhere up north throughout the winter and the same deals follow.
- Be a social butterfly. Even if it takes a martini or two during brunch, drink up! Travel with friends because sharing is caring and meet locals anywhere you go. Meeting people will take you to happy hours, events and parties for much less than going to them as a tourist.
- Shop for the essentials only. No one likes to spend excess money on things they could have bought at the dollar store back home.
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- Spend a day in your closet. Plan and take pictures of as many different outfits with the least amount of clothing possible. For ladies this is probably the most important one. Keep in mind that no one has seen any of the clothes you own at this new travel destination, therefore an entire new wardrobe is not needed. Only buy key pieces you’ll need or use often. These could be a shoulder bag, hat or sunglasses.
- Have a bank, bring your own liquor and budget it all.
If you’re on vacation on a budget it is probably because you need an escape, which also means you’ll most likely drink a bit throughout. Mimosas, Prosecco and Margaritas can be rather expensive after the second round so make sure you budget wisely. Also, since we’re trying to completely eliminate stress, always have a bank. This can be anywhere from $100 and up, tucked away for safekeeping. If you fall in love with a pair of shoes, must take a sudden special someone on a date or find yourself lost, you need a bank that virtually tells you it’ll be okay.
Have fun! This vacation is all about having a good time with some fun people. Rid yourself of any
negativity, stay in control of your finances and your surroundings. ALWAYS have a charged phone and please go on and wonder through lost lands.
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