I get asked the same two questions all the damn time:
How do you afford to travel all the time?
How do you find all these deals?
How do I do it? I break A LOT of rules when it comes to traveling. I don’t have travel insurance, I go on spontaneous road trips regularly, and I seldom take off from work! Also, I break the number one rule: I’m okay getting lost in new places because I stumble upon the best damn hidden gems time and again.
When do I do it? I scavenge for a cheap flight every month using Google Flights Explore Map feature, $150 and under roundtrips to be specific. I don’t necessarily look for the off season but have learned you will never not find what you’re looking for when you browse potential destinations with an open mind. Otherwise, I look for a road trip worth taking from my house in Orlando, Fl.
What do I do different? So, what’s the difference between me and you? Not a damn thing! I don’t have a camera crew following me around five star resorts or on private tours, I’m not sponsored or recognizable like many other wanderlusters, I work normal jobs that have nothing to do with blogging or traveling! There is not one thing different from you finding a budget airline and a bed to crash on on AirBnB than myself and exploring! The whole concept is to share what I do and how I do it with my readers so they can have the same amazing experiences.
Why do I do it? I’m not in it for the money. I put a lot of my time and effort into writing and traveling because I’m living life on my own terms. I won’t sellout. I pursue to be a writer who travels not a traveler who writes.
Who am I? Just a 24-year-old English major who likes to travel almost as much as he likes to write.
Where do I go? I travel the roads less traveled. I go to places that are far from stereotypical or cliché, maybe even a little underrated. My next few trips planned or are in the works are:
Group Flight New Orleans, LA. Accommodations: Hostel.
Solo Flight to Nashville, TN. Accommodations: Hostel.
Group Roadtrip to Charleston, SC. Accommodations: Hostel.
Group Flight to Richmond, VA. Accommodations: AirBnB.
Solo Flight to The Republic of Singapore. Accomodations: Staying with Relatives.
Group Flight to Pittsburgh, OH. Accommodations: Hostel.
Here are five simple steps to planning a trip:
- Pick your dates!
- Book a flight or road trip – Google flights is all I use for this.
- Book accommodations – close to downtown where the key attractions are.
- Research, plan, and create an itinerary. USNews & Google maps.
- Start a realistic budget.
Need some inspiration or ideas?
Check out my muse: http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Best_Affordable_USA_Destinations/