When You Live By These 5 Tips, You Can Afford To Travel In Your 20s

When You Live By These 5 Tips, You Can Afford To Travel In Your 20s

2. Use the Hopper app.

Your 20s should be a time to explore and be adventurous! This is a time when you are still discovering yourself and what you hope to find and be in life. That makes your 20s a perfect time to travel the world, learn about new cultures, and hopefully become the person you want to be! Your 20s are also a time when you are likely more free to take such a trip before obligations like your career and family take precedence. But most 20 something-year-olds can't afford such a trip because traveling is expensive! However, there are some ways to avoid these costs!

1. Get travel-wise Credit Cards.

There are a lot of credit cards that offer travel rewards for charging. The most beneficial that I have seen is American Airline's travel rewards card and Southwest Airline's rewards card. Both offer frequent deals where you can earn up to 60,000 bonus miles after spending a certain amount over a few month's time. 60,000 bonus miles is enough for two free roundtrip flights within the U.S. Obviously these credit card deals are only good if you are a responsible spender who pays their credit card bills on time. But they can be a wonderful way to book free travel if you take advantage of their special offers!

2. Use the Hopper app.

The Hopper app helps its users track when it is cheapest to book travel plans. If you know of a place you hope to travel and have dates that you hope to go, you can input the information into Hopper and they will send you updates when it is cheapest to purchase your tickets. They also have options just to track flight deals to various places in case you are still uncertain where you hope to go.

3. Consider where you are traveling.

Some places are cheaper to travel to than others. Europe is generally rather expensive, so if you would like to travel internationally, but prefer to save some money, Asia can be a really awesome alternative. The flights to and from Asia may be rather pricey, but once you are there the currency exchange rate is highly in American's favor. Hotels can be found for $40 a night and flights within Asia can be as cheap as $30 between certain countries.

4. Look at where you are staying.

Do you have any friends or family in another country? Perhaps they would be willing to let you stay with them while you travel? It is also much cheaper to book stays in student hostels, which can really be rather nice in other countries. Airbnb is another great alternative. These options are also much better than hotels because they give you the opportunity to really experience the culture of the place you are traveling to; something that is often missed when you are only surrounded by other tourists at a hotel.

5. Prioritize.

Traveling is expensive. There's just no way around certain costs. However, the way you prioritize other costs in your life can save you money that can then be spent on travel. Do you really need that Starbucks drink everyday? Perhaps invest in a coffeemaker and save some cash that way. Before buying that expensive dress that you'll only wear once, save your money to spend on a cruise down the Seine. Cut down on going to the movies. Redbox it instead with some friends. Every small way you save can be just a little more that can be put aside to travel someplace new!

Traveling in your 20s is something that IS possible! So plan your next great adventure wisely by saving and cutting corners where you can to make your next trip the best one yet!

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.

I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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My Future Is Unpredictable And That's Totally Alright

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations.


For six months, I had plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic during the fall semester of junior year. Filling out what seemed like endless applications and paperwork, searching for travel ideas on Pinterest, and writing a class research paper on the DR's relationship with its neighboring island, Haiti, I was prepared to live and learn about Dominican culture hands-on.

Then on the Thursday before Finals Week last spring, I read my email. My study abroad program in the DR had gotten canceled. In the span of 30 seconds, my future had taken a new course. Less than a week later, I was submitting papers to study abroad in a new country where another adventure awaited: Ecuador.

If there's anything I've learned in the past year, it's that life is unpredictable and we can't control it. The future is unknown. But-

Who wants to know exactly what's going to happen in the next few years? I mean, I believe it's good to have a direction, but you don't have to have the entire journey pinpointed straight to the core. You meet people, you get inspired, you see things, you have experiences. And you go from there. (Though, I totally respect people who have clear ambitions and stick with them their entire lives.)

Where I was a year ago was a completely different path than where I find myself today. Last summer, I worked four different internships/jobs in the span of three months. A year ago, I would never have guessed my following summer unfolding with an immersion trip to India, a solo adventure to Taiwan & Hong Kong, and becoming a certified yoga instructor. A year ago, I hadn't met half of my best friends. A year ago, I hadn't seen poverty in a third-world country. A year ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to major in Environmental Studies.

Just because I don't know what the future holds doesn't mean I can't set goals. I have a destination, an idea of where I'm headed and where I want to go. While abroad in Ecuador, I want to learn about sustainable development and coffee production as well as enhance my Spanish skills.

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations. I know the format of the program. I'll be taking classes and living with a host family and then doing an internship at a farm. Otherwise, I have no idea what's going to happen. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most. The spontaneity. The unexpected. As one of my good friends would say whenever he doesn't have formal weekend plans, "I'm improvising." And you know the one rule of improv: Always say yes.

¡Hasta pronto, Ecuador!

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