How You Can Benefit From A Work Exchange Program

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This year, I traveled around Europe for nearly 6 months in an attempt to solve my quarter-life crisis. As a money-saving measure, I nearly eliminated accommodation costs by couchsurfing, staying with friends, and doing several “work exchanges,” where I volunteered my time in exchange for food and a bed. The types of work exchanges available vary greatly, from farms to youth hostels, to summer camps to restaurants. Online networks such as WWOOF, HelpX, and Workaway help connect people to hosts in need of help.

Work exchanges are appealing to savvy travelers, not only because they can help you save money, but also because they provide learning opportunities, cultural immersion experiences, and much more. During my travels, I spent 2 weeks volunteering as a“native English speaker” at a language immersion program in Poland and nearly a month helping out a family in Ireland with a number of assorted jobs. Here are several important things I gained from these exchanges.…

How To Travel In Style On An Entry Level Budget

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A recent article by Business Insider noted how millennials define success as having freedom and a strong sense of work-life balance. Not surprisingly, one of the top activities millennials like to do during their downtime is travel.

Let’s be real, though—it can seem hard to quell your wanderlust on an entry-level salary. You may not have paid vacation days yet, you may be paying back your student loans, and you may not be making much money.

Fortunately, there are ways to travel without breaking the bank. Follow some of my tips below to plan your next getaway.…

How To Eat On A Backpacker’s Budget When Traveling In Europe

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When you’re on vacation, your instinct is to do things the easy way—which means eating most of your meals at restaurants.

In Europe, it’s really easy to blow through your budget on food and drinks. The food is great, and the prices seem inexpensive (that is, if you were able to avoid issues with exchange rates or other banking fees). However, with a bit of effort, you can stretch your food budget much further.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned for how to save money on food while traveling.…

Save On Travel Accommodations By Staying With Locals

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When traveling, one of the biggest expenses is usually accommodations.

If you’re backpacking in Europe, you’ll likely find that hotels are out your price range—even budget ones usually cost at least $70 per night. Hostels could fit your budget better, but their prices vary greatly, with the minimum usually about $20 per night.

Fortunately, savvy travelers can find lodging that’s cheaper than this—or even free! As long as you do your research, maintain an open mind, and stay safety-conscious, you can stretch your cash by staying with locals. Here are different ways to do it.…

3 Hidden Costs That Could Crush Your Low-Budget Euro-Trip

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It’s easy to get confused while traveling—and it’s even easier for any “mistakes” you make to result in a fee or ticket of some kind.

Luckily, you can easily avoid many of these hidden costs if you look up rules, customs, and common fees for each city you’re traveling to, as well as for each company or bank you’re utilizing.

Check out three fees I’ve personally run into—and tips for how to avoid each.…

3 Must-Have Travel Accessories You Can Make Yourself

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With graduation season in full swing and the summer fast upon us, young travelers (including yours truly) are taking off for adventures all over the globe.

Inexperienced travelers should prepare for all kinds of situations. However, an entire industry exists to sell over-prepared and overcautious people “specialized” travel goods, like cushy eye masks and single-use laundry detergent sheets.

These products are definitely helpful—but they’re also definitely overpriced. Fortunately, for those traveling on a budget, you can make your own versions of these items. Here are three I didn’t leave home without.…

4 Tips For Packing Luggage For A Summer Trip

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Two summers ago, I went on a 7-week Euro trip. I spent lots of time meticulously prepping for my adventure, as I was determined to pack efficiently on a small budget while still being fashionable.

However, this was my first big trip, and as I traveled, I realized I had gone wrong in more ways than one. I’m now getting ready to travel again for several months, and this time, I’ve learned from my costlier mistakes. If you’re planning a big trip, you can benefit from these four lessons too.…

3 Ways To Enjoy Spring Break Without Breaking The Bank

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A few weeks ago, I made a fantastic discovery: Real people get spring breaks too! Well, if they want to take them in the spring, that is.

As a professional, I earn magical little things called “FTO (flex-time off) hours” that accrue during every month I work. In my short tenure, I’ve gained enough to go on a 4-night spring-break trip to Puerto Rico with my friends!

(Cue montage of MTV spring break.)…

Where Do Your Spring Break Plans Fall In The “Five Stages Of Grief”?

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I didn’t realize it, but apparently, spring break is just around the corner.

I blame my forgetfulness on a couple things: the chilly weather outside and the chilling realization that corporate life has made time off between January and June foreign to me. (No paid holidays between Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day; this is the true “winter,” my friends.)

To get over my grief, I checked out how others plan to spend their breaks. And, of course, there’s no better place to do this research than Twitter.…