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
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.
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.
Step 1: GETTING THERE.
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.
Why does my boarding pass say SSSS?
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”.
Ways you should skip:
- Online Surveys. This is a common recommendation for working online/from home, and I have NO IDEA WHY. You will waste a lot of time, and have pennies and frustration to show for you. You may come across an occasional survey that will give you a dollar or two, but the majority are time consuming and useless. Much of the time, you will spend you time completing the survey, only to find you don’t “qualify” under some bracket, and won’t get anything to show for it! Steer clear, y’all.