It’s practically a rite of passage to plan a trip after you graduate. You’ve got the main character energy, you’ve got the time, plus your besties are in the same post-college boat, so you’re all free to globetrot together. Your bank account, on the other hand, may not be as glowed up as you will be once you receive your diploma. If you’re looking to travel after college on a budget, that’s where the pros (aka TikTokers) come in.
When you’re scrolling past videos of overwater bungalows in the Maldives one moment and scenic hikes in New Zealand the next, similar luxe excursions can feel within reach because the world is literally at your fingertips. So it can be a major letdown to realize that your current finances don’t lend themselves to your dream vacay. But apart from the influencers who get #sponsored vacations free of charge, a lot of your faves across social media also have to set budget boundaries.
“From a financial standpoint, traveling has become much more attainable,” says Nina Zadeh, founder of Sidewalker Daily, which works with both TikTok influencers and tourism bureaus, adding that TikTok accounts that share travel hacks to save money — like using points to book flights and hotels — have exploded in popularity. In turn, hotels and other parts of the travel industry are beginning to turn their focus to attracting Gen Z travelers and making it more financially enticing to plan their next trip.
If you’re ready to book your next vacation while staying within your financial goals, here are 11 ways to make your post-college travel dreams a reality on a budget.
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