Hi, fellow budget traveler!
Welcome to my budget travel blog, I’m so glad you found me!
I’m Maggie, a stereotypical Millennial. Really. I eat avocado toast like it’s going out of style. I’m actively killing the napkin industry. I watch a lot of “House Hunters.”
You get the idea.
This blog was born out of a simply phenomenal study abroad experience I had in my final semester of college. I spent four months in Prague, and almost every weekend in another country. It was bliss.
Once I graduated and found a job I loved, I started to miss traveling somewhere new every single weekend. Now that I was a full-time employee, it didn’t seem feasible for work or my bank account. So I started to poke around on the interwebs, and see if any other travel addicts had made the balance work.
The problem? Every travel blog was exactly the same. Each one filled with tales of people who quit their jobs, bought a one-way plane ticket and never looked back.
It was fun to read, sure, but not at all attainable for me.
So instead, I started planning my own vacations based on the little time and money I had, and discovered something pretty cool.
Everything I did while studying abroad, I could apply to working while traveling.
Short on time? Check.
Low on funds? Check.
Anxious to see everything? Check.
Turns out, it is possible for us working folks to travel frequently without spending much. It just took a semester of trying to make my savings and my weekends last as long as possible to figure it out.
So this blog is all about the 9-to-5 budget traveler. I can’t quit my job to blog full time (and if I’m honest, I don’t really want to). Instead, I’m chronicling all of my adventures and giving you the highlight reel. So if you wanted to say, visit a place but are pressed for time due to those precious vacation days, I’ll give you the scoop.
I learned how to cram entire cities into a weekend, and I can do the same for you.
I’m so excited that you’re here, hopefully crossing destinations of your bucket list like I am. Slowly but surely, us ordinary, harried, young travelers can see the world, one stop at a time.
Frequently Asked Questions...
I spent my final semester abroad in Prague for four months. It was a game changer. I loved it.
I’ve always had a sort of travel bug. So my original plan was to study abroad, and hopefully get all of the traveling out of my system. It didn’t work. I only wanted to see even more places.
I spent five days in Paris. If you think it’s a bit odd that I picked the most visited city in the world for my first international trip, that’s fair. Looking back, who knows what I was thinking. But I loved it, and would 100% return to Paris someday.
I hate to give this answer but… all of them. I know, it’s such a cliche. But so true. If I had to pick, I’d say Eastern Europe is pretty amazing. Prague holds a special place in my heart, and I so enjoyed my visits to Budapest and Krakow. But picking one favorite? …I’ll get back to you on that.
The short answer is yes, but the long answer is ABSOLUTELY YES! When else can you spend a semester or longer traveling the world and learning while doing so?
If finances are a concern, I highly suggest meeting with your university’s financial aid office. More and more universities are realizing the value of studying abroad, and will do what they can to make it possible for you.
In short, budget traveling while working. I’d like to show my Internet friends that those 10-14 vacation days (on average) can be put to great use. When I was studying abroad, I had to cram entire cities into a weekend. So I know how pressured you can feel when trying to decide what to do. Especially when money/resources are tight.
What I hope to do is give you an overview of the top experiences of wherever it is you’d like to visit. You can decide what is and isn’t worth your time. And you can follow along my itineraries that pack the most in without sacrificing too much.
Nope! And that’s nothing against editing. I love a well-edited photo. There’s nothing better than a long exposure of the Milky Way over Carrauntoohil, is there?
But that just doesn’t fit with my blog. The average working person won’t have a DSLR on them. Nor do edited photos often look like their destinations. So instead, I snap photos with my iPhone, and try to give you the most realistic shot possible. I hope you like it!
Flights. Surprise, surprise. I’ve never met anyone who genuinely enjoys long flights in a cramped plane. But, if that’s your jam, good for you. Please teach me how.
Not at all. Wella Color Charm 3RV/367 Black Cherry. Haven’t been my natural blonde hair color since junior year of high school.