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.

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.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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A Magical Day at Disney World, As Described By Disney GIFs

The ups, downs, and eats of a day in The Most Magical Place On Earth.


Millions of childhoods across the globe share a soft spot within their memories: Disney. Whether these memories are manifested in parks, resorts, cruises, or solely in the movies, TV shows, and characters, 90% of people who grew up in the US will have at least some connection to Disney.

So whether you're a park fanatic or yet to visit for the first time, here's just a glimpse of what a magical day at one of Walt Disney World's four main theme parks looks like--as told by the characters we all know and love. Enjoy!

1. As soon as you walk into the park, you're taken aback by the overwhelming scent of sunscreen and pixie dust.

2. But that same pixie dust is soon dampened by Karen and her "Can-I-Speak-To-Your-Manager" haircut's five screaming children, likely cranky about being awake this early.

3. Your annoyance is soon depleted when you catch a glimpse of that ride you snagged a FastPass for.

4. Which, of course, turns out to be SO DANG FUN.

5. You get off the ride and begin exploring the vast wonders that await you throughout the park, only to soon feel as though Disney World is secretly run by children, as many as are running around.

6. But who cares because IS THAT YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER IN THE DISTANCE?! You HAVE to go meet them!

7. At this point, all of the excitement has really given you an appetite, so it's time to take your pick from one of Disney's countless fantastic dining offerings.

8. And in typical Disney fashion, you maaaaaybe eat a little too much.

9. It's time to walk off some of this food, so while walking around, you search for another ride to go on, only to feel a bit put off by how long the lines are.

10. But it's cool because your friend just found FastPasses for two more rides today!

11. It's been a fun-filled day, but it ain't over yet--it's time fireworks, y'all. This is not a drill. IT. IS. TIME. FOR. FIREWORKS.

12. The show was a heart-wrenching, captivating experience... followed by the least magical one of the day: park exit crowds that bring slowness to a whole new level.

13. But you're not too bothered by it, seeing as the day's events have left you feeling light, happy, and super connected to your travel buddies by such a wonderful shared experience.

14. And although you're not excited to leave, you're ready to curl up, turn on a Disney film, and fall asleep.

15. It's been fun, but no need to fret--you'll definitely be back. After all, it's not goodbye, it's "see ya real soon."

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