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How to Travel like a Bo$$

Hey everyone! It’s your girl Jane again. Hopefully, you like seeing me on here because I’m actually not ever going to go away… just kidding lol! But, I really do enjoy writing these pieces for you so I hope you like them too! If you’re not familiar with who I am, I’m the Editorial Director here at TCF and you can catch the other posts I wrote here and here. To find out what kind of trouble I’m getting into on any given day, you can HMU on the ‘gram here.

So today, I wanted to talk about something that I absolutely love doing and will happily spend all of my money on…travel! We all do it. Some love it, some hate it and some are better at planning for it than others.

Every year, I like to plan a trip to travel somewhere I’ve never been before. Planning a future trip helps me:

1. Stay focused (eyes on the travel prize)
2. Keeps me working hard throughout the year knowing that I’m going to spend my hard earned money exploring something new.
3. Actually motivates me to work out (we all try to look our best when there’s a foreseeable photo opportunity, AMIRITE?)

This year, I’m headed to Italy for the very first time in September and want to do it RIGHT! So, as many of you will be traveling this spring and/or summer as well, the CINCteam and I decided to put our travel tips together to bring you our top recommendations on how to actually travel and feel like a bo$$!

You Gotta Budget
I know, but how?! If you have loose cash/coins, save it in a mason jar like Hannah does and don’t touch it, or put away a certain amount from each paycheck. When saving for a trip or event, we like using these apps to help us reach our goal:

+ Acrons
+ Qapital
+ Mint

Saving $5 – $20 bucks here and there over a few months really adds up and you’ll be so happy you did it.
Cut out unnecessary expenses that actually add up to a lot. For me, it was cutting out buying my usual $5 iced coffee with almond milk every day. $5 x 7 Days a week = $35. $35 x 52 weeks = $1,820! I’ll buy a bag of beans from Philz instead and make coffee in my cute French Press (like this one).

Get a credit card that has NO international transaction fees

Having one with no international transaction fees and cash back is a win-win.  Everyone here swears by their Chase Sapphire credit card.

Create a Google Doc

This may sound nerdy but having a spreadsheet of where you’re staying, the address, neighboring restaurants, and activities to do around you will help you streamline your trip. I like adding 1 place to visit and 1 place to eat each day but if I wake up and decide I’d rather walk somewhere instead of driving, I’ll just do that. The key is to be prepared but flexible on your trip. To a larger point, make sure your travel group is chill and has good vibes. One bad seed can ruin the whole trip for everyone.

Do your research. Use Google, Yelp, and Instagram to find places you want to check out, see, shop or just chill at!

Invest in a Travel-Friendly Carry-On

Make sure to invest in a good carry-on travel care set like this one or this one. It leaves you with more room in your suitcase and I don’t know about you, but having my quality go-to products makes me feel more comfortable when I travel. Plus, we can’t really afford a bad hair day when we’re only traveling for a week or so now can we. 😉

And if you think ahead and do some really good planning, you can pack for your whole trip in a carryon like Hannah did when she traveled to Spain last year! Check out her post about it here!

Buy pocket Wi-Fi at the airport

This is a lifesaver when you’re on vacation but actually still have to work, if you can’t live without Wi-Fi, or if you’re using Google Maps to travel in your rental car. Making sure you have strong and reliable Wi-Fi is super important and worth the money (unless you’re trying to 100% unplug, you feel me).

Buy Your Plane Ticket and Book the Hotel/Airbnb First

Contrary to popular belief, Tuesdays are not always the best days to buy flights (though things vary week to week). The best time to buy flights according to Hopper is Thursday, and avoid booking on Sunday if possible. While we can’t verify this one for sure, clear your cache when searching because word on the street is that airlines use cookies on your browsers to see where and when you’re planning to go, then upcharge those ticket prices. Superstitious? Maybe, but why take chances! We like using apps like Skyscanner, Kayak and aforementioned Hopper when looking for cheaper flights. Making sure you book the costly items first help you save and budget for your trip.

Be Flexible

Depending on where you are, don’t be afraid to just go for a walk and freely immerse yourself in the city. The best days are actually the days that are unplanned and impromptu – trust me!

Pack Healthy Snacks

This one is actually really important to me. No one likes a hangry b^*** and a lot of places have different hours of operation. It’s always best to be prepared so you don’t end up irritable and hungry.

Be Present

I cannot stress this enough but how many times do you get completely stressed packing for a vacation or stressed because things don’t go as planned? I, myself am extremely guilty of this but have learned from my mistakes! Once you’re at your destination, enjoy it. Things aren’t always going to go as planned and that’s ok. That’s what traveling is all about. Enjoy the moments (good and maybe not so good). You deserve this trip so soak it all up.

So what do you think of our travel tips? @ me in the comments below and let me know! While you’re at it, send me a list of all of your fave places to eat, shop and chill in Italy! Thank you!

Xx
Jane

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46 Comments
  • Nikki says:

    Very cool. And if going somewhere like Italy, you must get a wardrobe that will slay- this will also help:
    http://www.globalglam.com/memorial-day/

  • Valerie says:

    So many useful tips! Really feel like I’m gonna be prepared for my holiday now! 🙂 x

    chapter-fifty-nine.blogspot.com

  • karla says:

    Gosh!! Love this post.
    One of the apps I love the most is Acorns (just so you know, you guys wrothe acrons ) Anyway that app is great.
    Mint I use that one too. One more I can recomen is ALLY.n

    Awesome post.

  • Just read those tips and I’m totally agree with it.
    I did the same too and thankfully, I can keep travel like a Bo$$ 😛

  • lavinya says:

    Thank you for sharing these tips!!! I always make notes about my plan details but creating a google doc is appealing to the “Monica” (Friends) in me! Love it! – x

    Lavinya Royes – Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Chloe says:

    Great guide, giving me serious wanderlust!

    Chloe x
    http://www.softoctobernight.com

  • These are some dope tips! The credit card bit is actually common sense but such an eye opener.

    xx,
    Aïchatou Bella

    http://www.stilettosandstandards.com

  • Jenny says:

    I’m obsessed with the -what seems to be- toiletry bag. Any one know where I can find this beauty? 😍

  • Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these great tips! 🙂 I’m actually go on a trip really soon, so these tips are a lifesaver! Just like you, I tend to get a little anxious if things don’t go my way, but I’m really going to try to be more spontaneous this trip! <3 Hope you have fun in Italy!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Marianne says:

    Thanks for these tips – I am travelling in NYC right now!! 🙂 <3
    xx
    http://mariannelle.com

  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

  • Jennifer says:

    Great post! You brought up so many great tips and points that I never thought of before. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Tammy says:

    I love the Hopper app! It finds the best deals and reminds me to book! I tried using Google Sheets for my last trip and it helped a lot with my packing. I was able to organize my plans for each day (brunch, shopping, dinner, etc.) then pick my outfits accordingly! Such great advice!!! 💗

    xx Tammy
    https://www.HerFashionedLife.com

  • Tabitha says:

    Great tips! I’ve been wanting to do more traveling but I’m so intimidated by process. This is definitely a lifesaver.

    Tabitha
    https://shopsiloe.com/

    • Jane Park says:

      The first time planning is always the longest and most stressful but once you map it out, it’s less daunting!

  • Nikki says:

    Great tips there babe!

    Where are you traveling to this year?

    Love,
    Nikki
    http://www.runwaytoroad.com

  • Kathrin says:

    I love these travel tips! Just in time for summer vacations!

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  • Daria EDU says:

    Hey, honey!
    I would just really like to say that you have done an incredible job with your blog!
    It is so neatly done and entertaining, which is quite rare to find these days.
    I am your fan!
    Keep it up x

    -Daria
    https://dariaed.com/top-3-spring-looks-every-girl-needs-to-have/
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/daria-edu-19010657

  • These tips are perfect for the travel plans I have this year, thanks for sharing! I’m currently trying to make sure that all of my lodging is taken care of. The jet set kit is a great recommendation. Thanks for sharing!

    sheridenchanel.com

  • Kim says:

    Getting wifi is so important, and I love the tip about the credit card with no intl fees – those fees can add up! Love this!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me .. LAST MINUTE Easter ideas!

    • Jane Park says:

      I am horrible with directions so I always need some type of GPS! Do you have any travel plans lined up, Kim?

  • These are great tips! I absolutely LOVE Mint and use that currently to budget and allocate funds where I want to invest that month and year. Going to look into the other apps you mentioned!

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