A Jetsetter's Guide To A Weekend Getaway

Flying away JUST for the weekend?! Are you crazy? HOW?!

Probably one of the most frequent questions I get. I use to think the same; How can you explore a whole city in just one weekend? & How do you afford it?!

There’s a weird phenomenon that all travel is super expensive. Trust me, I am a cheap ass Asian on a budget. When I search for flights and hotels, I have 20 tabs going in my browser because I will not be paying an arm and a leg for just one weekend, let me tell you that. I preach about how important budgeting your finances are! Seriously people, if you have not kept track yet, start today. I find out what time of the month works best for me, financially and with all of my 5 jobs. 
Research! Research! Research!

You cannot enter a brand new city without researching it first! I see rookies make this mistake all the time! Find restaurants/bars you want to stop at, read blogs, follow Instagams. Social media, no matter how many people hate on it, is really such a beautiful thing. Read real reviews from real people, and of you course, find the best photo opportunities to capture your spontaneous weekend adventure. Instagram or it didn’t happen, am I right? ;p With all the new found information on this city, will also help you save money or “live like a local.” I try to veer away from the super touristy things because I think they are kind of lame… Sorry. For example, I’ve lived in NY my entire life and have never been to the Statue of Liberty. She’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong! That’s my girl ;) But tell me, what’s the point of going up there? Besides an expensive trip up. Most of the time, you can find cheaper activities that are way more worth it and less crowded of tourists. When I was Seattle, I really wanted to see the Space Needle!! Because come on, those kinds of things you HAVE to see. I learned on my cab ride there, that the sky observatory has a way better view of the city and you can see the space needle - for $20 less! TURN THE CAB AROUND!! 
One of the coolest views of a city I’ve seen. And It made me realize how much more there is to Seattle, Washington. So as for most touristy things: Stay Away! Do not pay Refuse to pay the “tourist” price. It’s most likely not worth it!
International
Now that you’ve had an idea of domestic weekend travel, time to hit the international tips. Not too far, but Europe is somewhat doable from the East coast of the US. To be fair, I did take off 4 days for my trip to Ireland earlier this year. Only because I wanted to be there for St. Patrick’s day! The only thing that kind of sucks is that you “lose” hours of the day flying to the East because of the time difference. International travel is where research is more than critical. You need to make sure you’re safe and not making any rookie touristy mistakes. Build yourself an itinerary of the major things you want to do. Then take on the day from there. If you have a moment when you feel alone and bored, you did not do enough research.

I am not against travel partners at all! Some cities it’s actually nice to have someone show you around. I am so beyond thankful I know many familiar faces around the world. I am grateful for my friend Josh, who drove me to a ton of adventures in Denver, CO. Without him, there was no way I could have brunch at this cool spot called Snooze, snowboard the Rocky Mtns and find a natural hot spring all in one day. 
How is 1-3 days enough?! 
When you travel solo, you’ll find you have a lot more time. Which is one of the reasons why I highly recommend to do it! We complain all the time about how we do not have enough time. Well, there ya go. I like to trick myself into thinking I gave myself more hours of the day. (When I travel from East to West lol) I mean, in a way, it is more time.

Enjoy every minute of it
Realize why you decided to travel alone in the first place. And be proud of yourself that you did. It’s not easy, the first solo trip. It’s scary and all the emotions are running. But you’ll come to find out why I love this so much. I’m not a loner. I actually love being around people. I wouldn’t be in the jobs I am now if I didn’t. What I’ve learned in this chaotic life, is to pay yourself first. Time alone to revalue your hard work, blood, sweat and tears, and love your life. 

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