The Budget Traveler

My 5-Step System For Finding & Booking Nice Hotels On A Budget

When booking a hotel in an overseas location, the three factors that I focus on are price, location, and comfort. It is very easy to fall down a rabbit hole in researching accommodations (especially with even more options with home-renting sites like Airbnb). Over the years, I have established a system that doesn’t take up too much of my …

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5 Simple Ways I Save On Food Costs While Traveling (& Still Enjoy Myself)

For as long as I’ve been traveling, food has been an integral part of my adventures. From shakshouka in Israel to stroopwafels in Amsterdam to the ever-so-New York “dirty water dog,” I’ve often found that the bridge between my heart and a location is through my stomach…and my wallet. Dining out while on vacation can quickly amount to one …

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5 Huge Money Mistakes I Made On My First Solo Trip, & How To Avoid Them

My life changed dramatically this past fall. I’d spent months planning and saving for a period of extended travel with my then-boyfriend, since we’d decided early on in 2017 that we wanted to take some time off and see the world. We gave notice at our jobs well in advance, and spent many a Sunday …

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The Popular, Time-Saving Travel “Hack” That May Or May Not Be Worth It

After I moved to New York City, I found myself traveling even more than before. Holidays now mean flights home. Family vacations mean some extra flying and coordination. But, don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to these extra flights — it all means extra airline points for fun trips in the future! So, like …

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10 Ingredients I Always Pack To Save Money On Weekend Getaways

It’s finally weekend getaway season, and it’s taking everything in me to not run out of my office screaming, “I’m free!” every Friday. I’m ready for some beach trips, mountain weekends, and two-night stays in history-filled New England towns. Even though I think staying in a hotel is the single most luxurious experience of all time, …

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6 Travel “Savings” Traps That Can End Up Costing You More

It’s easier than ever to pay less for amazing travel experiences. But that doesn’t mean you can always take what sounds like a great savings opportunity at face value. If you’re not careful, some “savings” tricks — like these six — can end up costing you more. 1. Travel Hacking Using rewards credit cards to accumulate points and miles to redeem …

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6 Simple Ways I “Live Like A Local” & Save Hundreds While Traveling

You got a great deal on a flight and comparison shopped for accommodations. But when you’re on the ground in a fun foreign locale, how do you stick to your budget so you can splurge where you want? I’ve found that the key is to live like a local. I love to travel more than …

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A Cleaner’s Perspective On All The Ways Tourists Waste Money

Being a cleaner is an unglamorous job that gives you plenty of insight into other people’s lives. I’ve been working a holiday season in a high-end mountain resort, cleaning different rental properties from chalets to studios. Having this job means I couldn’t help but notice some wasteful habits people have, especially when staying in a …

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The “Once In A Lifetime” Experience I Seriously Regret

In October 2016, I was overcome by the desire to get out of my situation. I was in my second year of university, studying law and English literature (I live in Australia, where we can choose to do law as an undergraduate degree), and was working 20-hour weeks on top of a full-time course load …

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How I’m Tricking Myself Into Saving For A Vacation (Finally)

This post is brought to you in partnership with Chime. April 2, 2018: This morning, while looking up the weather in Connecticut, I actually got teary-eyed for a minute when I saw that the temperature won’t creep far above 45 for the rest of the week. Simultaneously, I scrolled through Instagram pictures of bloggers eating acai …

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