I am determined to make this summer one of adventure. I am eager to try new things, have new experiences, and step way out of my comfort zone. Last fall I got a brief taste of solo travel when I spent a weekend in Chicago, and I fell in love with the independence I had while I was there and the freedom I felt. I decided on the spot that I wanted to experience that again, so I decided that this summer I am going to make it happen!
Where I’m going:
- I will be travelling solo to New York City! I am headed that way for a blogging conference, and then staying a few extra days to explore the city and visit with my cousin who lives up there!
- I’ll also be heading north to Wisconsin with my family for an annual trip that is going to involve a ton of swimming, relaxing, and I’m sure a fair share of mischief!
- I’ll be taking one final solo trip when I fly down to Houston to see my best friend. I’ve never been to Texas either, so I’m quite excited to see all of the sites down there!
Like I said, this summer is going to be full of adventure and I am so excited to have the opportunity to head to such exciting places! Financing my adventures on a college student’s budget is a bit tricky but not impossible! With some savvy budgeting and a bit of help from a few different sources the trips have been made possible!
How I’m financing:
- First of all, I’m sure you all know by now that I make money blogging – that has been a blessing in so many different ways but especially in that it’s allowing me a bit of extra money to put towards travelling. Blogging is definitely a full time job, but it’s the most flexible job anyone could ever hope for, and it’s not nearly as stressful as working a 9 to 5 would be. So being able to turn this hobby of mine into a lucrative endeavor is amazing!
- I’m also nannying this summer for some extra pocket money, and I do that every weekday! The baby is a doll and I have no problems at all with him, and I absolutely love little kids and infants so this job is truly a dream come true!
How I’m saving:
- Being in college means there is a world of opportunity for me, I just have to cease it. I stumbled upon a grant program a few months back, applied, and then forgot all about it. Just last week I got an email announcing that I was chosen! That in itself is paying for 80% of my New York trip and gave me wiggle room in my budget to start planning for Houston.
- I also have started researching different credit card reward programs and I have truly hit the jackpot! A few different travel bloggers pointed me towards the Discover it Miles Card. It has no annual fee and it allows me to fly any airline at any time. On top of that, for every dollar I spend using the card I get 1.5 miles – and that adds up fast! These miles never expire, so I can use them for quick little getaways, or I can let them pile up for a long time and go on the trip of a lifetime! Either way, using it on my first trip will give me miles to put towards my second, and I think that is so exciting!
- I’ve challenged myself to only bring a carry on, so I can save time and money by not having to check my luggage. I’ve already been figuring out what I’ll pack and I am going to focus on lightweight fabrics and staples that I can mix and match!
- For lodging in New York I am going to be splitting a hotel room with a few girls and in Houston I will stay with my best friend! Hotels are expensive, so staying with friends, splitting the costs, or finding a hostel can save you a ton of money!
Are you going on any incredible adventures in the future? I want to hear about them, comment your vacation plans down below! And if you’re thinking about travelling this summer I highly recommend getting the Discover it Miles Card! As an introductory offer, cardmembers will now receive double the amount of miles they earn at the end of their first year – with no spending cap!
Throwback to my favorite vacation:
My family used to go down to Georgia every year where we would spend all day tubing, wake boarding, and water skiing! Where is the best place that you’ve ever vacationed?
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