My time in Paris is one I will never forget for it became the trip that made me go many first new adventures and let me be a kid all over again. I felt like it was Christmas morning as a 7-year-old little girl and hoping Santa brought me an American Girl Doll to wake up at 5:30 am to discover I got one. That overall feeling was me while exploring Paris and Amsterdam and trying many new things and not spending thousands of dollars.
I am a firm believer you can see the world and not spend an abundance amount of money and still experience all you can! I have decided that this blog is absolutely necessary when wanting to prove that finding the perfect travel deal can be worth wild! I have covered how much I saved using my different methods and show every penny truly counts when wanting to see the world on a dime.
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· $259 Round trip airline (Atlanta to Paris with a layover in Philadelphia)
I found these tickets while working a Saturday shift and scrolling through Travel Pirates. What caught my eye was the deal saying CHARLOTTE which is a rare find because the Atlanta airport is more popular on that app. I immediately started looking at the dates and comparing them with the prices and at first, was finding deals around $270 range for the months in the fall time. One thing to know when looking at deals is to always play with the dates to see how low the deal can go. Don't always jump on the first deal without seeing what else is being offered.
When I changed the dates to the wintertime, I did see a drop in the prices. Then, I finally found THAT TRAVEL DEAL! I found tickets for $259 round trip to leave on January 14th and return January 21st. Of course, I immediately showed my travel friend and then you know the rest. I have been back from that adventure for less than a week now and let's just say my addiction to traveling has amplified.
First 2 nights in Paris
· $228.92 Hotel Eiffel Segur-2 nights
(Only spent $84.86 out of pocket. I had $104.68 saved with Ibotta and $39.38 saved through Upside which I was able to transfer the funds to my PayPal account.)
Next 2 nights in Amsterdam
· $203.71 CitizenM Hotel Amsterdam South- 2 nights
(Only spent $178.71 out of pocket because I had a $25 Hotels.com coupon which I earned at work. For your next birthday or holiday when people ask what do you want, respond with "Hotels.com gift card!")
Last 2 nights in Paris
· $323.37 Airbnb
(Only spent $162 as we split the entire place with another couple who we were traveling with Sharing an entire Airbnb that offers multiples bedrooms is a way to cut the cost down when traveling especially if you have friends or family willing to travel with you.)
Total for trip: $1,015
Out of pocket expenses: $684.57