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7 Travel Hacks To Help You Save Money

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through beautiful destinations, inspiring photography in places you know would be a life changing adventure? As a person who loves the excitement of new adventures, it can get expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be. Think about your destination, if you’re going to Paris in mid-summer you’re bound to spend a lot of money.

I often get asked how I am able to pull my trips together financially. Today, I’m sharing some hacks that I do to get to my next destination! Here are some of the few tricks I’ve learned to save money on travel.

1. Finding Deals on Flights

When it comes to flights I’ve never spent more than $900 on a ticket, even on the most exotic destinations!

  • Flights are usually at their lowest on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Business travelers will usually book most of their flights in the morning hours when prices are higher. Afternoon is usually your best bet.
  • Use flight apps and websites flight alerts. These app will send you a notification when prices are increasing or decreasing.
  • Check prices on less popular flight sites that monitor flight costs. Always read change/cancellation fees before you book.
  • Don’t be afraid of multi city. Connecting flights are known to finding cheaper tickets. I don’t always follow this method because I like to get to my destination’s quicker but it does work!
  • Buying tickets way in advance.

2. Joining a Tour

Tours are a great way to save money on travel. In 2017, I took my first solo trip to Peru & Machu Picchu with a tour. Tours offer packages with some meals included, hotel, transportation, entrance to places. You tend to save a lot more this way. I remember not using a lot of cash in Peru unless I bought a snack or a souvenir because most of my excursions were included. Even where I bought my souvenir’s I was advised by my awesome tour guide where to buy so I can get the best bargain. You also get to see a lot more then if you were on your own. On tours you meet a lot of other like minded travelers, some also traveling solo. I highly recommend tours for female solo travel.

3. Choose Affordable Accommodation

If hotels are too much for your budget, I recommended using Airbnb. It is an online platform that lets you rent out homes, apartments, or rooms from local people. It can often be less expensive than a hotel.

Other affordable accommodations are hostels. I know what you’re thinking! Hostels aren’t for everyone. I love to try new things when traveling and did stay at hostels with a few friends one summer traveling across Europe. I had a great experience and even made friends along the way.

Be sure toalways read your reviews! My cousin who used to live in Ireland recommended a hostel in Dublin to me. It was right on top of Temple Bar, one of the most popular bars in Dublin. Let’s just say I was not happy with him and his recommendation once I got there. But, I also never did my own research!

TIP: Breakfast in hotels. Unless my breakfast is included in my stay I usually avoid eating breakfast in my hotel. I rather go to a local corner cafe spot for breakfast where it’s cheaper and get a better feel of the city.

4. Making Extra Cash

Travel doesn’t have to come directly out of your account. If you have a skill, sell it! Maybe you have a side hustle you enjoy doing that can add cash to that dream trip you want.

5. Choose Transportation Wisely

Public transportation is usually the best and cheapest way to get around a city (depending where). I normally like to walk around and explore when traveling or use ride sharing apps. I usually have a car waiting for me at an airport so I know ahead what I’m spending and feel more comfortable knowing there’s someone waiting for me. Definitely allow the luxury of an arranged ride when you are weighed down with luggage… but otherwise, if you can, use public transportation.

6. Pick Credit Cards That Give You The Most Points

I always use a credit card that accumulate points on purchases. I get a lot of points when I travel and book all my flights with it too. Look into a card that will give you rewards.

7. Use Your Age

Ask about student discounts! If you have a school ID – USE IT! This has worked out for me so many times, even at home in New York. I can still get away with it sometimes… if only to be 22 again!

I hope these simple hacks can help make your next trip more affordable!

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10 Best Historical Sites To Visit In The USA

When you’re trying to decide where to go on your next vacation, it can be challenging to narrow down all the fascinating places you’d like to visit. You could check out local theme parks and exotic destinations, but what if you want to step back in time?

The U.S. is a great place to be for anyone who wants to learn a little bit of history on their next vacation. You can stop by plenty of historical sites to tour a place that impacted local or national history.

Not sure where to go? Check out these best historical sites to visit in the USA. No matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and learn something new about the country’s past.

1. Jamestown Settlement

Some places and events are taught repeatedly in American history courses to kids of all ages, and one of those places is the Jamestown settlement.
Jamestown was the first place where colonists built a thriving community after sailing to the New World. What happened there set the future of America into motion, and it’s kept in the same condition it was built in.
Visit the settlement to see the colony in action, along with three full-size working English sailing ships. Individual tours and family-friendly activities are available to try out, so everyone can find something they’ll enjoy.

2. Washington, D.C.

Washington may be the city that’s filled with the most history, and more history is being made every day. You can visit many different historical sites to while you’re there, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Smithsonian National Museum. Plus, most of the attractions are free.

3. The Alamo

Although the battle at the Alamo was a defeat for Texas in the War for Texan Independence, it was a turning point in the conflict. Now, people can look around the grounds for free or take a guided tour to learn more about the fort’s illustrious history.

4. Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg is known for hosting the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, which led to President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. See the site for yourself for free, and then buy a ticket to the museum or a guided tour for a more in-depth experience.

5. The Biltmore Estate

As one of the most popular vacation spots in North Carolina, the Biltmore is a beautiful estate with plenty to do. Wine tastings, tours and seasonal events are all enhanced by recent renovations.

6. New Orleans Museum of Art

You can discover plenty of history in New Orleans, but the Museum of Art is a must-see. It’s one of the oldest fine art museums in the world, having opened in 1911. Make sure to schedule plenty of time to see the place, as it has more than 40,000 permanent objects.

7. Plymouth Plantation

Everyone’s heard the tales of the first colonists stepping on the first rock in the New World and hosting the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation. Stop by and tour it this year to read about the native Wampanoag people and see a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower.

8. Salem Witch Museum

The Salem witch trials have been a historical fascination since they occurred, which is why the Salem Witch Museum is open to the public. See artifacts from the trials and enjoy after-dark walking tours with local historians to feel like you’re back in time.

9. Ellis Island

In the 1890s, Ellis Island opened as a gateway to the United States for immigrants from all over the world. Now it’s open as a museum for people who want to see where their ancestors first stopped in America. Make sure to stop by the Statue of Liberty, located on the same island.

10. Mount Vernon

George Washington set the tone for the American government for the centuries that followed, and his home at Mount Vernon was the place he treasured most. Anyone can tour the grounds and see the mansion as it was when he lived there, including a museum full of artifacts like his famous dentures.

Map It Out

If you’re still not sure which location to visit first, map out the places you want to see. Many are near each other, so it may be worth planning a road trip to see more than a few in one journey.

The more you learn about American history, the more you’ll want to see and explore. Check out these historical sites and watch where they take you as your historical knowledge grows!