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How to Travel Solo And Stay Within Your Budget

I finally did it! I took my first solo trip. By solo trip, I mean I actually took a trip by myself. In the past, I have flown alone many times but typically it involves meeting a friend or group of friends.

You are probably thinking – Tia, why would you want to travel alone? Well, there are a couple of reasons I decided to take my first solo trip.

  1. It got me out of my comfort zone.
  2. I had the flexibility to do whatever I wanted to do, whenever I wanted to do it, with as much or as little money as I wanted to spend.
  3. There was a landmark I wanted to visit (the National Museum of African American History and Culture) and I didn’t want to wait for others to get ready to travel with me.

I am not going to lie. I was nervous. Prior to this trip, I would rarely go to eat by myself.  Let alone visit a different city for a weekend by myself.  Therefore, this was a real stretch. In addition, one of the great things about traveling with friends or family is that you can split some of the costs (transportation and hotel especially). However, now that the trip is over I am so glad I was able to travel solo and stay within my budget.

 

How to Travel Solo and stay within your budget

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How to Save on your Next Road Trip with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

I love to travel. Traveling is a chance to experience the world.

There is a misconception that traveling is expensive. It doesn’t have to be, though. One of my (many) missions is to prove to millennials that you can be financially responsible while still taking the time to travel. It does take discipline but anything worth having is worth working for.

A road trip is a great way to take a trip without breaking the bank. Last month, there was an awesome guest post by Jason Butler titled: 11 Tips to Prepare for a Cross-Country Road Trip. Cross-Country road trips typically do take more time and money due to the longer nature; however, you can also take a quick road trip to keep costs low. In that spirit, today we’re going to talk about saving money on your next road trip.

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11 Tips to Prepare for a Cross-Country Road Trip

Today’s guest post is from Jason Butler from The Butler Journal!  Make sure you check out his bio at the end of the post. 

Have you ever thought about taking a cross-country road trip? It’s something that everyone should do at least once! Taking a cross-country road trip had been on my bucket list since 2008. In 2013, I was finally able to make it happen.

Seeing the country from coast to coast was one of the most exciting things that I’ve done in life. I had a chance to drive over 2000 miles and stop in Jacksonville, FL, Biloxi, MS, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, El Paso, TX, Tucson, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA. That in itself was amazing! It’s easier to plan and accomplish than people think. I want to share with you several things that you need to do before going on a cross-country road trip.

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FFF Travels: Puerto Rico for $1000 or less

Hey, Financially Fit & Fab readers! Welcome to the third installment of FFF Travels where I share details on traveling for less! If this is your first time here, welcome! The first two installments featured trips to the Dominican Republic and Panama.

The third installment of FFF Travels features a 5 day 4 night trip to Puerto Rico that I took November of 2014!  This was prior to my serious travel hacking days but I still managed to spend much less than $1000 on the trip.

Got a story to tell about traveling for less than $1000? I’m sure the readers would love to hear it! Shoot me a message at financiallyfitandfab@gmail.com so we can chat further! 

FFF Travels- Puerto Rico for $1000 or less

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6 Sites to Book a Last Minute Hotel

We have all been there.  You are going out of town, you have found the perfect flight deal and your lodging plans fall through at the last minute.  What do you do next?  Book an overpriced hotel?  Cancel your trip?  Heck, no!

The next step is to find inexpensive accommodations!  Although I prefer to book one of the Airbnb alternatives, sometimes there is nothing ideal available through those sites.  My next stop is to try one of the 5 sites below!

6 Sites to Book a Last Minute Hotel (without breaking the bank)

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FFF Travels: Panama for $1000 or less

Due to popular demand, Financially Fit & Fab started a new travel hacking series in May: FFF Travels for $1000 or less. Some trips will be much less than $1000 and others will come right to the cusp. The dollar amount spent on the trip will include flight, lodging, food & drink, as well as basic entertainment. The first trip that I featured was a trip to Dominican Republic for much less than $1000.

This month feature is a trip that I took in December to Panama for less than $1000.  I spent 4 nights and 5 days in Panama – 3 of the days were actually in Panama City and one day was at a small island about 40 miles away called Isla Contadora.

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6 Cheap Hotel Alternatives (that aren’t Airbnb)

You’ve found the perfect flight deal for your upcoming trip but now you need a place to stay. You searched hotels in the area but they all seem overpriced. Plus, you are looking for a different type of experience.  An experience that a hotel can’t offer.  What’s next for finding the perfect place to stay?

Before a few months ago, I would’ve immediately said Airbnb is the alternative for cheap lodging.  If you aren’t familiar with Airbnb, it is an online marketplace that allows people to list, find, and rent vacation homes for a small processing fee. The main pro of Airbnb is that you are able to find a nice place to stay, for a low price and in an ideal location.

From customers facing discrimination to safety issues, 2016 hasn’t been the best year for Airbnb. Good news is that Airbnb isn’t the only inexpensive hotel alternative. Check out these 6 cheap hotel alternatives that aren’t Airbnb.

 

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FFF Travels: Dominican Republic for $1000 or Less

Due to popular demand, Financially Fit & Fab is starting a new travel hacking series: FFF Travels for $1000 or less.  Expect to see real life examples of international and domestic trips that I have taken for $1000 or less.  Some trips will be much less than $1000 and others will come right to the cusp.  The dollar amount spent on the trip will include flight, lodging, food & drink, as well as basic entertainment.  

First up is the Dominican Republic!  I was in Puerto Plata, DR for 5 days and 4 nights during May 2016.

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[Featured] 6 Tips to Save Your Benjamins While Traveling

I have some exciting news! Things have been super busy over at Financially Fit & Fab and there is a ton of great content in store. I have connected with some awesome personal finance writers around the globe. From that came the first guest post last week, Budgeting Blunders: 5 Deadly Mistakes Often Made. In addition, this week Financially Fit and Fab has a post featured at Britt and the Benjamins titled, “6 Tips to Save Your Benjamins While Traveling“. Check out the post and leave some love in the comments!

6 Tips To Save Your Benjamins While Traveling

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4 Flight Fees Financially Fit Travelers Never Pay

If you haven’t noticed already, traveling is one of my favorite pastimes.  With that being said, I ensure that I cut costs wherever I can while traveling.  Many discount airlines, like Frontier and Spirit, appear to have the lowest priced fares.  However, after taking into account flight fees, flights between different airlines are often times are very comparable.  Check out these 4 Flight Fees Financially Fit Travelers Never Pay as well as tips on avoiding those fees.

4 Flight Fees Financially Fit Travelers Never Pay

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