The most important realization when exploring how to travel for cheap is understanding where you’re coming from and where you want to go.
Realize who you know and where they are situated. If you know your fourth-grade art teacher has a house in Puerto Rico, and she reached out on Linkedin for you to come to visit, take her up on it. Networking is so useful for these situations.
Then comes budgeting, and by that, I mean both time and money. First, you figure out how much you’re willing to spend (realistically) and how much you can afford. Second, figure out how much time are you putting into this trip.
For example, say you leave from New York City and you want to travel to the Beach.
- Rockaway Beach in the summer by ferry costs 2.75$ a trip, bring your sunscreen, some snacks, water, and a towel and you’re set.
- The first thing to do is look locally, you don’t always have to go around the world to have a good time.
- Miami Beach is a short 3-hour flight, and a 10$ Uber ride to the water. The cost of a flight can vary depending on how early you book the flight from around 53$ one way to 200$ (Not including carry-ons because let’s be honest you don’t need much to go swimming). The Hopper app can help you keep track of flights.
- When looking at prices, booking on Mondays and Tuesdays offers lower flight prices, booking to depart on Sundays tends to be lower also low due to smaller demand. (Always use incognito mode when doing research).
- North Carolina, it’s close to New York, it’s not too touristy, great for a friendship getaway, and if you know anyone there, it’s an easy place to get away to.
- Los Angeles, pretty popular destination… ranges in flight prices, make sure to check Google Flights, or Kayak at least four months in advance for cheapest flights or else the tickets will get up there. ($200 to $500)
- The Islands are always a blast… Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos. These take planning but can be less expensive than Los Angeles.
Now you might not be leaving from New York City, maybe you’re leaving from somewhere else and that’s fine. The point is that if you’re traveling cheap, look locally, look at your budget, look at your surroundings, get creative!