I wanna travel
but... I only have 5$
First and foremost, I'd like to say THANK YOU... to all of you guys that have joined my journey of sometimes writing and sometimes not.. Facebook recently reminded me that it's been TWO YEARS ..twoooo years.. since I started this. Wow, time sure does "fly" by.
As I mentioned on my social media... I've been feeling a little disconnected to the writing world and only because I've been going through amazing changes in my life and I have just been incredibly busy... (and if i'm being completely honest I can also blame netflix) . I don't know about y'all but if I'm not in a cute coffee shop I simply cannot concentrate **note: this blog might suck because I'm writing straight from my living room while listening to some old school banda with a 5$ face mask on
ANYWHO, let me get back on track ...
The travel world has always been a fascinating world and it feels like ever since "instafamous" became a thing .. the traveling has became even more desirable. Everyone wants to have those too good to be true shots ... it's the world we are living in ... and i'm a part of it, you're a part of it, ...."we're all in this together"
But "HOW IN THE HECK DO THESE PEOPLE DO IT?!" ... what is their job title?!
I am not a travel pro… and this year I have actually traveled less (I'm not including work) But i'm here to give you tips on easier ways to go about it.
Traveling has given my life a whole new meaning and I believe it's something everyone should experience.
Growing up I never knew what I wanted to do with my life.. and that was very tough on me because although I hate planning … I hate the unknown. One thing I always knew for sure was that I wanted to travel. I wanted to go everywhere and experience new things. After all my parents did name me “Alondra” which is an actual bird.. I consider myself a bird, a free spirt.
Twins, am I right?
However, traveling requires money (it’s honestly not always that expensive) but we somehow always associate traveling with high fees and automatically cross it out and head over to the same old destinations each and every year for fear of venturing out to the unknown.
I was in college a few years ago and I would always look at one of my friends social media account and see that he was constantly off traveling having a good time and he was also in college. I’d ask myself “how the heckkkk is he doing that?!” little did I know all I had to do was ask..
he was working in the airline industry. Working in the airline industry automatically signs you up for travel benefits … (please check and confirm on the airline prior to applying but to my knowledge *i did not google this* almost every airline has travel benefits for its employees no matter the position).
Travel benefits do come with ups and downs.. but when you get to get to fly around the world for little to no money .. it’s a blessing!
I started working for an airline as a customer service specialist who handled phone calls for booking/ complaints/ making flight changes etc… I was still in college during this job and for the most part I was making it work. Until my schedules started getting crazier and it was either miss work or miss class….. and at that point being unemployed was not an option.
So I decided to sit out a semester.. and till this day as I’ve mentioned previously .. I have yet to go back.
I wasted no time to start using my benefits. During training I went on a weekend streak where every weekend for almost two months I went to a different destination. You could say I was “living”. At the end of training I discovered the beauty of international travel and automatically became hooked!
It was more expensive to go eat at “Fogo de Chao” than to go to Brazil (so I did that)
It was cheaper to go to mexico/get drunk/ eat tacos/ stay at an all inclusive.. than to pay for a hotel in Miami (so i did that A LOT)
Theirs sooo much to do and see and the world literally becomes your playground. One of the hardest question for someone who has travel benefits becomes “where should I go?”
you base your travels on the weather… or … on how empty the flights look that day
AND you always have plans A.B.C.D.>Z
It’s a game of luck to which I refer to as “the non-rev games”.
I’m sure theirs a million other ways people travel for little to nothing .. this just happens to be my little trick.
I’ve recently started following a lot of travel blogger pages.. and that is more or so the direction I want to head towards someday .. but without becoming too mainstream and unrelatable. But until I figure out how to get there .. this is where I am meant to be.
Also, If you're already settled in your job field and can't relate to this …. I go back to my point of traveling not being as expensive as you may think. Theirs a million travel companies now that offer miles for just about anything.
Miles = travel money!
Credit cards like American Express can get you miles just for swiping the card and lets face it.. spending money is incredibly easy. If you don't know what to spend on.. just ask me, or give it to me .. I'll help you out.
Also, because traveling has become the new “it” thing theirs a ton of websites that seem to be making it easier to find better travel deals… just do your research.
Theirs SO much out in the world for us to see.. if we don't go out there to see it we will spend out entire lives clicking and liking other peoples adventures. Don’t be that person… if theirs a will.. theirs a way.
I hope you found this “somewhat” helpful and if you find yourself having a load of questions.. don't hesitate to contact me for advise, I’m not the best at giving advice but I sure do love to give it.