A Twitter thread from all the way back in the dark old times of 2018 has recently gone viral again for having some super on point travel tips that will help you get around the globe without spending your entire life savings on one international flight, or maxing out six credit cards to pay for that trip to Italy. Because I know you've thought about it.
These life-changing, wallet-friendly tips come from a world traveler, photographer, and (ugh) influencer Ciara Johnson who quit her corporate HR job to travel the world – you know, that thing we all dream of doing every time a new Monday rolls around or a meeting starts to run long. And she's laying down all the tips that allowed her to do it on the cheap!
So open up some new Google Maps tabs and get your Twitter favorites ready, because these are tips that you're seriously not going to want to miss.
Let's jump right in.
Y’all REALLY tryna travel in 2018?? I got you. We’re covering everything today - flights, accommodation, taxis, EVE… https://t.co/MACgm4cpYD— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515181129.0
She's got one hell of a resume.
Like I said, I’ve flown to Paris for under $450 TWICE. Flew to Mexico for $100. Arizona $30. I’ve found flights as… https://t.co/81PHnbkDg7— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515181250.0
Shoutout to Google Flights.
I think we all know by now https://t.co/Wg6fjEI8fO is the GOAT. If you missed it, I’ll explain why really quickly.… https://t.co/brPbfVzMyW— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515181362.0
Plan a vacation without knowing where you want to go!
You don’t even gotta know where you’re going. Google Flights will tell you where to go. But if you do have a place… https://t.co/L9DVDQDDv5— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515181531.0
Doing the most might save you a few bucks.
Search flight legs separately, it might be cheaper. If you’re from a small town, you may need to take the bus or tr… https://t.co/7WMQn0XqX5— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515181945.0
Being flexible will save you money.
Last but not least, when it comes to flights flexibility is KEY! If you don’t have obligations, be open to differen… https://t.co/mdBaNvQ9eP— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515182028.0
There's a sweet spot for prices.
Oh, & search often. Flight prices change everyday B. You never know. Don’t start too early & don’t wait too late. 3… https://t.co/T53MPNNer5— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515182111.0
There are cheaper places to go that are still beautiful.
Location, location. Where are you going? Places like Australia, the US, & Western Europe will be way more expensive… https://t.co/LfBtS6bNV5— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515182351.0
I think I want to live in Thailand.
People travel to Thailand & live, eat, sleep & have fun for a month on what people in the US pay for rent. Cost of… https://t.co/lyaf0c1SEU— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515182442.0
She recommends AirBnB
Accommodation - think @Airbnb for really unique places, a local feel, and just overall better range in prices for t… https://t.co/PHtXPaSah1— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515182636.0
Some age-old advice.
If you’re open, think Hostels. Hostels are a big reason many people can travel. Why pay hundreds for a hotel when y… https://t.co/ylvqZHCWym— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515182730.0
Work your way through a country.
You can even volunteer around the world in exchange for a place to stay. Check @Workaway for random jobs that will… https://t.co/AMOj71BIlN— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515182935.0
Students: take advantage of that study abroad program.
Are you in college? Study abroad, ask your school about scholarships. Sometimes a semester exchange is actually che… https://t.co/7uWDqFDnbQ— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515183160.0
Public transit first, Uber next, taxi last.You'll always save money on public transit -- and hey, maybe it'll take you to a part of town you wouldn't have gone to otherwise.
Take advantage of the EU. Sorry Brexiters.
If you fly to a country or live in a country that’s in Europe, you can really visit different countries for the low… https://t.co/Cb1jUhMJyZ— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515183595.0
Stop being so gosh darn bougie.
Think about all the things you can do for free or reallyyyyy cheap abroad - live street music, beautiful beaches, s… https://t.co/VRiUFOnh95— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515183804.0
Eat local. Go to the local markets OR just walk a few streets back from the tourists sports for cheaper & usually better food!— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515183879.0
What are you waiting for?
Time is money, so let’s talk about time. A 3 day trip is better than no trip. Use 2 weekend days & 1 vacation day.… https://t.co/kzsul52Odd— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515183980.0
Figure out what you really want from your vacation.
Finally, think about what travel means to you. Is it about luxury? That’s cool but It may be a little more pricey!… https://t.co/MCK5DfzZzO— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515184320.0
Travel Insurance is a thing.
Oh & omg travel insurance! In the past, I never got it. On my trip through Central America I got it & my things got… https://t.co/N4GACXLgXn— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515186647.0
What about that pesky phone?
A few more I’ve through of - to save on International data, I have T-Mobile. Texting & 3G data is free for me, pret… https://t.co/VswJxevo9W— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1515318009.0
She typed it up in this handy blog post.
Ive added all these tips & more in a huge blog post so y’all can reference it at anytime! https://t.co/jG5dHRosOI f… https://t.co/oCosg6Lx8C— Ciara Johnson (@Ciara Johnson)1518212416.0