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This post is sponsored by USA Network, but the content and opinions are my own.
If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know that USA’s Queen of the South is returning for its third season on June 21st at 9/8c. We get to see Ms. Teresa Mendoza, played by Alice Braga, continue to enjoy the luxe life whilst becoming the Queen of her own drug empire. While I’m no Queenpin, I do know something about living lavishly, or at least that’s what Instagram thinks. I thought long and hard about all the ways I save money while traveling (read: save money while traveling for MORE traveling) and came up with my top three ways I save money while abroad.
1. Airbnb & Hostels > Hotels
Before you let out that sigh, hear me out. First, hostels are not the dank multi-bunkbed closets from the past. At least not all of them. There are plenty of gorgeous hostels all over the world and I like to think I’ve stayed in a few of them. If you’re not up to sharing a room with total strangers, almost all hostels offer private rooms complete with their own ensuite bathroom. Gone are the days where you need to worry about someone else snoring or coming in after partying until the wee hours of the morning.
Airbnb’s are my favorite alternative to pricey hotels because I like the feel of living like a local. Not only am I helping out a local by utilizing their room or entire home, but I have a level of comfortability that I wouldn’t normally have in a hotel room. Being able to be in central locations sans the price tag is also a plus.
2. Cook Instead of Eating Out
Airbnb’s stole my heart once I realized the money I was saving by cooking versus eating out. Have you been to Paris lately? Do you know how much a meal costs even in the “off the beaten path” neighborhoods? They cost your firstborn, that’s how much. Now multiply that by three times a day. Even if you opt for a hostel, most have kitchens that are available for use by guests. You may not want to craft up gourmet meals, but the option to have a meal or two prepared by yourself is always great. Another great option offered by most hostels is free basic breakfasts as well as the occasional free or very cheap dinners. Break bread with people from around the world and make new friends at the same time. That way you’ll have someone to stay with for free whenever you visit their home country. Thank me later.
3. Use Public Transportation Instead of Car Services
To use my favorite city as an excuse again, I remember my first time in Paris (aka first time in Europe) and being convinced that we should take a taxi from the airport into the city. Train what? Train who? Even if I was solo, back then I would’ve never thought to attempt to navigate the public transit, but it would’ve saved me oh, I don’t know, 50 EUROS! Besides, even in U.S. cities (think NYC) the public transit is usually more convenient than Uber/Lyft/Taxis in addition to being a tiny fraction of the price. You try getting from Buswhick to the Lower East Side on a Saturday afternoon and tell me if you miss brunch. Spoiler: YOU WILL. No chicken or waffles for you.
Et voila! Those are some major ways that I save dough while traveling and that money can go right back in the kiddy toward my next journey. So when people constantly ask how I’m able to travel so much, it’s honestly because I use these money saving tips and am therefore able to put additional monies toward future flights and passport stamps.
If you want to see how the Queen of the South herself makes it reign, be sure to tune into USA on June 21st at 9/8c and the season will air each week on Thursdays at 9/8c. And if you want to catch up on the first two seasons, and I know you do, you can view them on Netflix. Um, hello weekend plans.
How are you preparing for Season 3 of Queen of the South? Let me know what you’re doing to live your best Queen life.