Traveling on a Teacher’s Budget

I’m a teacher, which means we all know I’m not paid nearly enough for what I do. But I love what I do. And I love the freedom it gives me to follow my other passions, including traveling. But traveling can be costly. Especially when we think about traveling anywhere overseas.

But summer I went to 7 different countries for $789. That’s right 7 different countries for under $800, that included roundtrip airfare, accommodations, and travel between the countries. The only thing we had to pay for was food and drinks, naturally. That’s unheard of. Sometimes traveling to a different US city costs more than that alone for airfare. It’s insane.

So how did I get that amazing deal you ask? I’m a deal finder. Some people are good at couponing, some are crafty, me? I’m a deal finder. Someone I previously worked with told me how she had found her amazing cheap airfare for Europe, so following her lead I started to do my research. And if you look at the right time, you can find some great deals.

Anyways, using the app Skiplagged and Skyscanner I was able to narrow down some cheap flights, it did mean that I had a long layover in Toronto-but we made the best of it and got to explore a new city!

For me it also meant getting to Chicago- but that wasn’t a big deal. I live in Memphis, but I’m originally from Chicago and was going to be there anyways for my brother’s high school graduation. So flying out from there was no big deal.

Here’s the thing, there are great deals to Europe, but you’re going to have to fly out from LA, Chicago, New York or Boston. So if you don’t live in those cities, you’re going to have to get there. For me, Chicago is closer and convenient since I have family there and it’s only an 8 hour drive.

So this summer that is what I did, and in 15 days I saw: Toronto, Copenhagen, Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague! It was amazing. (Check out my post Pierogies and Dragons for more info on Krakow!).

And now for my Fall Break in October, I will be returning to one of my favorites: Prague. I just booked this ticket for $379 roundtrip from Chicago.

And my hostel is booked and for $95 I have accommodations for 5 days, not so bad if you ask me.

The point is if you’re willing to (and are able to), get to one of these cities that provide more affordable airfares, do it. Just book your trip. Hostels and airbnbs make accommodations so affordable for travelers over there. So there’s no excuse. Just book it and go.

I can’t wait to return to Prague this October, and you know while I’m there I’ll be keeping you updated with all my deal findings.

Keep on traveling.

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