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I love to travel. It is a fast-track to self discovery, you get to relax, and you get to eat as much food as you want because…. #yolo. As much as I travel, I don’t really feel that I have been to many different destinations. I tend to visit the same locations multiple times. For example, I’ve been to London three times, I’ve been to Los Angeles twice, and I’ve been to New York more times than I can count. In an effort to get myself out of my travel comfort zone, I am embarking upon a 30 by 30 challenge where I’m going to try and visit as many different cities as I can before I turn 30. However, I have quickly realized that if I am going to reach such an ambitious goal, I need to have a plan. This final challenge is to map out a strategy for a trip that you really want to take. You don’t have to plan a long haul journey if you don’t have the time or the money. You can plan a day to explore your own town, or a neighboring town that you haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time in. The first step is to figure out where you want to go.
Day 26: Select a Destination
There are literally a million destinations for you to choose from. Some key questions to ask yourself are:
1. How much money do I want to spend?
2. How much time can I spend on this trip?
3. What kind of weather do I want to experience?
4. What kind of activities do I want to do while I’m there?
5. How long am I willing to travel to the destination?
My current dream trip is a European adventure. I want to go for two weeks when everything is in full bloom, but before the summer tourist frenzy begins. I want to go to Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Vienna. I pretty much plan on stuffing my face with carbohydrates and taking pictures of the gorgeous architecture. That’s my kind of vacation!
Day 27: Look for Travel Deals
–Kayak.com: My favorite website to use for booking flights is Kayak.com. You can compare all of the airline prices, choose multiple destinations, book hotels, and it also tells you when to book your flight for the best deal.
–Budgettravel.com: If you click on the “Real Deals” tab on the website, you can select your home airport and it will display hand-picked travel deals from your destination.
–Theflightdeal.com: I LOVE this website and I discovered it through travelnoire.com. It alerts you of fare glitches and also lets you know when there are amazing flight deals leaving from your home airport. Last month it alerted travelers that there was a fare glitch for flights to Dubai for only $187! I have tons of friends who scored the deal and are traveling over to the UAE this Spring. I check this site daily to stay up to date on the latest deals.
-Stay with Friends/Family: I have a very international family and I also have friends from college who live all over the world. If you take the time to reach out to people you know, you may be surprised to find that you probably know someone who can host you for free during your travels! That is why I tend to go to the same destinations multiple times. I have friends/family in those towns. Room and board is typically your largest expense while traveling, so definitely take advantage of this opportunity to stay with friends/family if you can!
-Hostels: I personally have never tried hostels, but I have heard from many people that they are cheap and convenient alternatives to shelling out the big bucks for expensive hotels. Plus, you can meet other fellow solo travelers and perhaps make some new friends.
–Air BnB: I have tried to book some rooms on this site but I usually end up booking too close to my departure date so it never works out. But Air BnB is an amazing alternative to hotels. You can rent an entire house, a private room, or a shared room with a host in pretty much any city in the world. I must admit that I spend hours on the site just browsing through all of the homes in my dream travel destinations because I am a complete sucker for good interior design.
Day 28: Start Putting Together an Itinerary
There are so many sample itineraries available on the internet if you do a basic search for your desired destination (check out my travel dream board on Pinterest for many different itineraries.) When I visit a place for the first time, I definitely indulge in the noted tourist attractions. For example, when I visit Paris, please believe that I will be sitting next to the Eiffel Tower while eating a crepe and some macaroons at some point. But I also try and map out some destinations that are off the beaten path. Don’t be afraid to leave some gaps in your itinerary to allow time for cute shops that you might stumble upon or dinner at a restaurant recommended to you by a local. Stay open but definitely reserve time for checking some things off of your bucket list.
Comment Below: What is your dream destination? What travels do you have planned for the next year? Where should I make sure to visit during my Paris trip?
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