My advice for finding cheap flights

This is definitely my most frequently asked question and no, I don’t get discounts from my job. No, I’m not rich. I just prioritize my happiness and take the time to research 💜

I’m sure everyone wants to travel at heart but a couple things get in the way; schedule and affordability. I can’t help your schedule because we have to do what we have to do in order to survive and sometimes that takes a lot of our time. But once you see some free time coming up, is your budget the only issue stopping you? Maybe this blog can help!

There are many “finding cheap flights” blog posts out there, trust me I’ve scoured them all! But this one’s mines! (Yep, mines!)

Firstly, you need a travel credit card! If you don’t like credit or you have bad credit, then maybe traveling isn’t for you unless you plan on driving to London from LA. My current credit card is a Delta AMEX (I am in no way affiliated or vouching for the company, nor do I have any loyalty with them). Click here for a link to apply. The reason why are the bonus miles you get when you sign up (read the terms) which regardless of company, is about 2 round trip free flights far away so it’s well worth it. Cancel it later who cares but those initial points are worth it. If you choose to keep it you will obviously accumulate miles with purchases so the longevity of it will gain you more free flights.

Ok, since I plan ahead, oh did I mention that? No? Oh crap, yes plan ahead! Flexibility is a must when traveling for less. I know an almost impossible task, but you can do anything you prioritize. Plan! Tickets are cheaper in advance.

Google Flights is my absolute go to flight planner! Skyscanner and Kayak are pretty awesome but have yet to surpass my Google flights experience. Ok let’s search Atlanta to Miami.

This is what initially showed up if I wanted to go exactly a week from now, for one day, but I want to go in December. Click on the dates box to get an entire price calendar.

Ok, so the next point I can intertwine here; it’s cheaper to travel in weekly intervals. It may not be feasible but for a future vacation, keep that in mind. So, the 4th thru 11 is $77 which is cheap; not as cheap as I’ve seen ($50) but relatively cheap for such an awesome city.

So in this scenario I am picking the 5th thru the 8th because my days off of work are Thursday/Friday. Tying in another point, Tuesdays and Saturday will be your cheapest travel days!!! So Frontier is my cheapest option, round trip for these days. Here is where it gets technical because Frontier will nickel and dime the hell out of their customers along with Spirit. I have a Delta card and the flight will be more comfortable and my checked bag is free (def worth it). But to save $68 for a random trip, yes Frontier is a hit, just pack light enough to fit under the seat.

Research your local hubs: in the example above, Miami is an American Airlines hub so you can get a cheap flight with them, ATL is a Delta hub, Charlotte American, etc. A loophole to getting around Miami prices is Ft. Lauderdale being a Southwest hub 🤔 definitely worth researching before purchasing that flight. Unfortunately Southwest is not searched through Google flights but from my experience they’re not much cheaper and offer 2 free bags which may behoove you if you have a lot of luggage. Its worth a shot to search their site also.

When flying overseas keep in mind flights are much cheaper over there! Just save your money and get there! Another feature I love about Google is you can track a flight! Try it! They will email you when the price fluctuates and honey I use that all the time! I don’t get discounts and I refuse to pay the man more than I have to!

So back to the hubs…. once time I booked a flight to Honolulu from Salt lake city for cheap…Hawaiian Air had a hub in San Francisco Francisco they offered $300 flights from there. I just had to book a flight from SLC to SFO, where Alaska Air had a flight for $40! I just had to book each leg separately, and ensure the was enough time to layover and recheck my bags. Definitely worth the money I saved; at least $200 per ticket!

To sum it up flights are much cheaper than you think, they’re just not when you’re not flexible and open minded! These companies have already figured out holidays and popular travel patterns and reflect that in their prices.

Here are some examples of cheap flights that I would have thought were more expensive below.

So, a lot of you may not live near a hub. I used to live in Norfolk Virginia (ORF) and Pensacola Florida (PNS) and that takes some thinking outside the box and planning. Booking well in advance will be a life saver for you guys. One method is to research your closest hub; for ORF Baltimore (BWI) is my closest Southwest hub, and DC (DCA, IAD) has 2 whole airports that cater to Delta and American. You might have to drive to save, or book separate flights!

Another blog topic, but save money with Airbnb, a home away from home. My definite go-to with a group of friends, or our future travel club. I’ve spent as little as $80 for a weekend on a shared Airbnb with my girls.

Whew! That was a lot! I plan on making a YouTube video going thru all this and searching with you guys so stay tuned!

This is definitely my most frequently asked question and no, I don’t get discounts from my job. No, I’m not rich. I just prioritize my happiness and take the time to research 💜

Can I get (back) into business?

My first job was at 14 years old working at a hair salon (illegally) washing har for a few dollars each client.  It was not a lot of money to the average person, but for a young girl that had nothing living in the projects wearing hand-me-downs it was a LOT of money.  I wanted to work really hard, mainly because I admired the shop owner who was a small business owner running her own faithful clients, accounting, booking etc all while being courteous and professional.  My next job was for even more money, working for minimum wage at McDonald’s.  Man that was eye-opening because the average person, brutally speaking, does not want to work hard but for some reason I did!  The more I worked the more money I made!  But I always wondered whose signature that was at the bottom of my check I mean I literally thought Ronald McDonald owned it (don’t judge me because I’m pretty sure there are kids in the hood right now with no exposure that think the same).  Then one day it happened.  The owners walked in to check on the re-order of supplies, cut a check, and left.  It was an older couple, regular clothes with a hint of Chanel and finesse.  I knew at that moment I was going to be signing checks also but had no education to know where to start.

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I opened a business in 2013, a small online boutique in an over saturated market.  My name as my niche in addition to being photogenic I gained slight popularity with a few business opportunities I was not prepared for.  With the market being so over saturated it was still hard to stand out, and to be honest a couple of social media influencers were taking advantage of small businesses like mine.  I was afraid to take a break but I knew I couldn’t handle the customers coming in with the adjustments I needed so I decided to take a break.  Now my self-doubt has come over in an even more saturated clothing market.  Somehow I’ve convinced myself that is just fine!  With work ethic anything is possible!

We CAN get back into business!  With the lessons learned, of course!  To start a business there are a plethora of websites that offer advice! Books, YouTube you name it.  I will offer limited advice here because I believe advice and how to’s are on a case by case basis and is seriously relative.  Then I will plant advice here on my website in blogs on what worked for me and what I’ve seen work for others.

-You have to tailor advice on your business needs.  Do not think you are behind or lost because of another success.  Every business are different goals and most importantly, different budgets!  It’s ok to have a smaller budget because whats important is your niche.

-Organize.  Plan, write a business plan, then plan again!

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-Lastly, walk out on entrepreneurial faith!

Here is the planner organizer that I use to organize my life!  I write down all of my appointments, bill due dates, and work times in the calendar.  In the journal I jot down ideas, random thoughts and business plans ideas.  Click the photo to purchase or look for different options.

It sounds simple because it is.  Thanks for reading and of course Contact with Questions or Concerns!

I don’t know where to start!

Overthinking and debating with a hint of self doubt. Overthinking is NOT a bad thing; I actually think if everyone thought a little bit deeper into their situations then life would be a lot simpler. There would be less violence and theft; Just an all around good place to exist. Instead, a lot of decisions are made with no thought to them what-so-ever and mistakes are made. Maybe I overthink because I am afraid of making mistakes. I am very hard on myself after a mistake and I try to think of ways I could have prevented them, hence the overthinking. Then there’s the debating stage; Where’s my audience or what platform should I use? And lastly, there’s the self doubt. No one is gonna read it and no one is gonna care. So why not just get started anyway and put it out there! Courage.

I want to discuss my life. Not with anyone in particular, but with anyone who finds interest to keep reading. Anyone who may have experienced some of my fears and experiences. Anyone who wants to give suggestions or share their stories. Anyone who can learn from my mistakes and/or lessons. Anyone who can teach me new things.  My self-doubt is usually what prevents me from moving forward. I’ve actually started a blog before but stopped because I felt like no one was reading. I was investing so much time coming up with awesome concepts and typing through the night but once I published it live, no one read it! I was defeated and I quit. After a few months people started emailing me asking when was the next post and why they haven’t heard from me in a while! Not a lot of people but definitely more than the “no one” I thought was reading! Not having support definitely has defeated me in the past more than I can embarrassingly admit and I am here to say you absolutely have to work past that! Eventually your support will come from the people who were supposed to support you so just be patient.

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To get started, with almost anything, get a pen and paper (literally or electronically) and write down your ideas. Then, organize them! Pick any organization method you desire such as by date, alphabetically, or by topic. You can even be an organized “mess” as long as you get organized. Once you start writing things down you will realize that your mind begins to clear up and may even get motivated to do more. Usually once you get your mind organized, you will see a starting point of where to begin.

Other things that help with organization are self helps books and YouTube tutorials. Let’s face it, theres a tutorial for everything on the internet. There are a lot of “started from the bottom” individuals that don’t mind making videos, helping us break through our plateau.

I won’t say stop overthinking because chances are the world and everyone is it is saying that. But I will say to scale down the overthinking and just write! That severely helps with overthinking.