“My dream is to go to Paris, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to afford it,” said my soon-to-be boyfriend when we first met. Six months later, we were munching croissants on the balcony of our Airbnb next to the Père Lachaise cemetery.
When I first told him he wouldn’t have to spend more than a grand on that trip, he got skeptical. If it costs a couple hundred dollars to fly from New York to New Orleans, it’s gotta cost much more to go to Europe, right? And then there’s the hotel, and the food, and everything is just… expensive over there. Right?
A lot of us millennials think that way about travel. You’re too broke for those glamorous Instagram trips, where you chill in infinity pools and have breakfast in bed in fluffy white bathrobes. You’re too old to sleep five inches away from someone’s feet in a hostel and live exclusively off instant noodles. And just too busy and stressed out to plan the whole thing.
I started One Grand Trip to show you my kind of travel. Where you book somewhat comfortable accommodation, eat fruits and veggies like the grownup that you are, and still manage to spend less than $1,000 on the trip. Because when you have a limited budget and a week or two of vacation time, you want to squeeze everything out of that.
So here’s how it works. I find good flight deals, decent guesthouses, cool things to do with details and prices, and lay it all out. All you have to do is book that trip already.
I’m Alice, by the way. Let’s go.