6 Ways To Book Your Dream Vacation That Won't Break The Bank

6 Ways To Book Your Dream Vacation That Won't Break The Bank

Helpful tips to help you save money all while exploring the world.
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Everyone has some sort of desire to travel and explore the world. Especially when you're in college, and young and want to experience new places. But traveling has a big, hefty price tag that comes along with it. So, how can you travel the world while spending the least amount of money?

1. Download the Hopper app.



The application Hopper lets you pick dates that you want to travel to by airplane. Once you pick your dates and the location you want to travel, the app will alert you when the best deals to buy your plane tickets are. It is quite amazing and a great money saver.

2. Staying in an Airbnb

Airbnb is also an application that lets you find very unique and fun places to stay at very reasonable prices while traveling. Almost 99% of the time, it will be much nicer than staying in a hotel and 100% cooler. Airbnb is available all over the world and lets you live like a local.

3. Hostels

Hostels are a great place to stay for very inexpensive. Normally, you can get a hostel for around $8-$12 a night. I am not even kidding. The setup of a hostel is almost like staying at an overnight camp, there are many bunk beds in one room and you are staying with other travelers. If you are uncomfortable to share a room with a stranger, you can pay extra to have a private room. Most hostels will offer free breakfast or lunch as well while you stay there.

4. Google Flights

Similar to the app Hopper, Google Flights will show you the cheapest days to fly to certain places. Not only will it do that, but it will also show you the cheapest places to travel from the airport closest to you. Google Flights will also tell you the airlines that are offering flights for the cheapest so you can save your money!

5. Pack Lightly

This is something that I struggle with all the time, but I have learned that you don't need to bring every article of clothing that you own with you on vacation. Not only will this give you a lighter load, but it will save you anywhere between $50- $100 to check your luggage instead of carrying it on the plane with you. Another way to save space in your suitcase is to wear your heaviest clothes on the place (sweaters, jeans, sneakers, etc.), this will save room in your suitcase and keep you warm on the plane

6. Local Excursions

Instead of paying hundreds of dollars to swim with dolphins, or tour a sacred city, take the local way and try to do what the locals do. I promise you, going to amazing beaches and hiking exquisite trails is going to save you so much more money and will enjoy it just as much.

Cover Image Credit: Alex Camerlengoo

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

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4 Realizations You Have After A Year Of Spending Two Hours A Day Commuting To And From College

Having a friendship with your car may sound odd, but when you spend almost two hours a day in it, you begin to form a bond.

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Although dorming seems like the best option for freshmen to get used to their new home for the next four years, it isn't the most appealing choice for everybody. When you're a homebody like me, the choice between commuting and dorming has a clear answer. Who would want to give up the comforts of home when they don't have to? However, there are some downsides to being away from campus. Having a 45-minute commute has taught me so much even though it has only been a week.

1. Your time management skills will improve drastically

When you commute, your day must be planned in order to avoid traffic and get home on time. You also have to schedule times to eat, do homework, and socialize. This being said, it is much more difficult to be spontaneous. Friends will make dinner plans or ask to hang out when you're already off campus on your way home. The fear of missing out is a real problem, but planning ahead of time still lets you have a social life.

2. Other people will pity you

Whenever I tell people about my commute, I always get words of pity. Of course, it seems disheartening, but you can't let that get to you. There are always pros and cons to everything, so thinking about the benefits of commuting rather than the downfalls will help you feel better about your drive.

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Having a friendship with your car may sound odd, but when you spend almost 2 hours a day in it, you begin to form a bond. My car (named Ulysses) and I have been through a lot on the road. From rogue raccoons to crazy drivers on the highway, your car and you will have seen it all. Your car is your trusty steed that will bring you to school and home safely. As long as you trust your car, your car will trust you back.

4. It's nice to sleep in your own bed

At the end of the day, being home is where I feel the most comfortable. The feeling of your own bed and having the privacy of your own room really have their perks. Also, nothing in the dining halls can beat a homemade meal. Some days, I feel that I should've dormed and that commuting wasn't the best option, but being able to be where I feel my best makes the hassle of commuting worth it.

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