One of the many great things about travel is, there’s always still time to plan that trip. Whether or not the trip is six months out or you have to lock yourself in a room to do it, you deserve a getaway! Now that we’re thinking about it, if locking yourself in a bedroom to get that flight booked seems a little aggressive, that’s fine. We just want you to be happy.
That all being said, we believe solo travel is one of the best ways to enjoy a new destination. For one, you can do anything you want. Lastly, there are a lot of ways even more ways explore on a budget.
Yes, that sounds counterproductive but the word ‘budgeting’ can be stressful. Months before going on your trip (since we’re all about planning ahead) set aside some money every week. An app like Digit will sock away money without having to think twice about it. Once you get a hankering for what you can save, with time, you can search for vacation options in your budget.
Scoop up a hotel that has a kitchenette and you’ll be hosting your very own gourmet foodie show in your own room. If you’re not above it (we don’t judge) packets of instant ramen will go a long way. They still taste good outside of college! Trust us!
It’s been said that the slower you move when you travel, the cheaper travel becomes. Trains and taxies can add up with you’re out exploring. So, stick to walking through towns or traveling cross country in sleeper trains (much cheaper than high-speed trains). Besides, when you slow down you have time to appreciate the culture wherever you are.
Tourist traps have high markups on pricing. So, take to a market instead; people-watch in a sunny park spot. Befriend local bartenders. Those are usually the ones that know the neighborhood spots you’ll likely score the best happy hours or a free drink.
If you list spots you want to try during your trip, day-by-day, you won’t be scrambling and spending money on unexpected moments. Besides, who doesn’t love creating a little travel outline!? With pictures and color-coded items? Oh? Only us? We’re cool.
Brittany is a member of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. Her favorite things about Sun Country are the close-knit family vibe and the passion behind the people, as if the employees and customers grew up loving the “airline next door.” Her favorite destination? The whimsical forests and rain of Seattle’s coast.