7 Essential Budget Travel Hacks

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I can afford traveling so much. The short answer is that I’ve learned how to budget-travel. I constantly look for ways to have fun while saving money. 

To preface this post, yes I am financially independent from my parents and paying for this all on my own. I’m working online and it’s going well so far, but I’m still living on a “tighter than ideal” budget. This means I need to work a little harder to prioritize where and when I spend money while traveling.

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Finding Friends Along the Way

It’s been a whirlwind of an adventure in the past 3 weeks. In that time, Mitko and I drove from Cincinnati to Detroit, took a train from Detroit to Chicago, flew out of Chicago to a short layover in Switzerland, then flew from Switzerland to Athens, Athens to Sofia (Bulgaria), an 8 hour train ride from Sofia to Varna, and we’re currently in Budapest for a week. We’ve sure had our fair share of janky bus rides and meeting great people along the way.

To preface this, let me say that Mitko and I make a really great travel duo. Despite being with each other almost every minute of the day, we work well together and love spending heaps of time with each other. But at some point (pretty early on) we both start to crave social interaction with other people.  Continue reading “Finding Friends Along the Way”

Growing Up & Getting Out

Traveling has always been a passion of mine. My dad was the one that got me hooked on traveling to new destinations and embracing new cultures. He always took us to places that were different and offered not only beautiful beaches, but new opportunities for adventure. I have early memories in places like Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Panama, and different locations in the Caribbean. When I was younger my family mostly stuck to places in South America. As I got older, we began flying across the pond to Africa and Paris.

I grew up near Detroit, Michigan and moved to Ohio for school at Miami University. In my sophomore year, I met my boyfriend, Mitko. He was originally born in Varna, Bulgaria. I learned that he moved to America with his parents when he was only 11 years old and has been living in Ohio ever since. Mitko and I started dating and sharing our love for travel.

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Why You Should Start a Blog

Okay 2016, I’ll take your (not so subtle) hint. It seems like most people have a blog these days. Given the updated websites and plethora of “how-to” YouTube videos, it’s now easier than ever to put your words on the web and hope that you’ll strike some interest in an audience.

I’m a bit late to the game, but I’ve been researching and pondering the idea for a while now. Although there are so many free and easy resources available, it can certainly be intimidating for a newbie. I’ve even edited blogs and WordPress sites in the past and it’s still intimidating. However I’ve learned something important along the way: you need to dive in and go for it.

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