Monaco is the home of the uber wealthy, but it doesn't mean non-millionaires are excluded from the fun. While it is possible to drop thousands in the boutiques, restaurants, and casinos, it is also possible to end an amazing trip with your wallet intact
When you think of Morocco's hottest cities, you will probably think of Casablanca, Marrakech, and even Fez before you come up with Tangier. Although sometimes overlooked, Tangier has a lot to offer! It is one of Morocco's oldest cities, and the history reveals itself around every corner. In Tangier you are minutes away from caves, stunning beaches, busting markets, desert excursions, and delicious traditional Moroccan cuisine.
PERKS: 1. You can arrive by ferry. Only have a day, and want a taste of the Moroccan life? Hop on a ferry and cross the Gibraltar Straight. You will be in Tangier in less than two hours, and have plenty of time to explore and be back before dinner. If you're on vacation in Spain, taking a day trip to Tangier is simple. There are several ports, and regularly scheduled ferries sail throughout the day. 2. They accept many currencies. Whether you have euros, U.S. dollars, or Moroccan dirham, you can make purchases almost anywhere. 3. They speak MANY languages. Because of its location and history, most people speak two, if not three languages. If you speak Arabic, Berber, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or English, you will not have trouble communicating here.
WHAT YOU CAN'T MISS:
A unique aspect of Tangier is its location. It is the only country with coasts on the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the Atlantic. There is a lookout point at Cape Spartel where you can see breathtaking views of these two bodies of water meeting. Look out for locals selling jewelry, mirrors, and other goods. These are often only a few euros, but if you want a wider selection, wait to shop until you get to the Medina. There are a few restaurants, so stop for a snack and enjoy the view!
I get a lot of questions about where I typically find affordable airfare. I am by no means an expert points/miles compiler, but I have a few go to sites that consistently help me find great flight deals.
First, be flexible. Many times when I'm looking for my next trip, I start my search where the airfare is already low. If I notice a dip in flights to Europe, I start checking my bucket list, and see what lines up. I often let the low price periods determine when I travel. If Asia is cheaper in January, I don't try to force it to work in the summer. This isn't always an option (if you need to book travel for a wedding, you obviously can't choose the dates based on your fare dips), BUT I would use it when you can.
When you think of the French Riviera, luxury comes to mind. Does this mean you have to have/spend tons of money to have an incredible time? Definitely not. Here are my recommendations for knocking your trip out of the park without blowing your budget.
Looking to spend a day exploring, hiking, picnicking, swimming, and cliff jumping? Check out Cape Antibes. This day trip can essentially be done for free.
GETTING THERE: If you are coming from Nice or Cannes, take the 200 bus to Antibes on the Lignes d’Azur route (1.5 Euros). Work your way down the coast to Plage de la Garoupe. You can take a local bus to get here, or you can walk to get the hike started early. Walk past the beaches and parking lot to the end where the path begins.
I’ve been asked a lot recently how I afford to travel. My first response is “I make it a priority”. Travel deals and hacks are everywhere, and some of them are mindblowingly simple and affordable if you spend the time to seek them out.
As we speak, I’m spending my summer on a solo travel trip in Antibes on the French Riviera. Am I a trust fund baby? Won the lottery? In huge credit card debt? None of the above. I am living in my own apartment on the beach in one of the mose beautiful places in the world, and I am saving money.
This is my backyard. I can't believe it either.
Everyone has their own go-to budget flight websites. Mine are Skyscanner and Hopper. Hopper projects the best day to buy your airfare. They either tell you to go ahead, or wait a few weeks for better deals. I have found these to be spot on 9 times out of 10. Once you know when to buy, Skyscanner has the hard-to-beat deals. I’ve used every budget travel website under the sun (avoid expedia at all costs…but I’ll save that saga for another post), and always come back to Skyscanner.
SSSS stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection it means you are the unlucky winner of a lot of inconvenience. Traveller are selected at random for SSSS, or may be tagged due to suspicious travel bookings (i.e. last minute flights, one ways out of the country, group bookings, etc.) In the past two months, I booked a group trip to the Dominican Republic, a month long trip to France, several domestic one ways, and a honeymoon to Europe and Africa…I can guess what lead to the adventures described below.
After my last post, I've received a lot of questions about working remotely! It's easy to see the benefits, and although I am not an expert, I have experimented with many different remote income styles over the past year before I landed on one I LOVE. Now I’m going to try to save you some time (a lot of time) from my trial and error experience with “working remotely” “working from home” and “working online”.
I knew going into this year, I wouldn’t be able to work a weekly job with a set schedule. I’m getting married out of town in August, have several showers in different states, have a destination bachelorette party in the works, am meeting a friend in Japan in March, would love to be able to plan a honeymoon for the length we want, and OH YEAH am trying to having an acting career in the middle of all of it! Working at a job that kept me from going to all the auditions I want to go to, as well as having to constantly negotiate shifts to be covered for various commitments was no longer cutting it. I started my holiday touring contract with the goal to find a job that:
Honestly I didn’t believe it would be possible to sort out by the new year, but GUESS WHAT- I found an answer a week into rehearsals. I was discussing my frustrations with a cast member at our holiday party, who told me she had begun working for VIPKID. VIPKID is an online company that links students in China to ESL teachers in America and abroad. It sounded like something I wanted to try out, so I spent the next week going through their trainings and interviews until I was ready to try out my first class.