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I’m back!

Hi, travelers! I’m finally done my army course and I can’t wait to start writing again. The course was an absolute nightmare – I wanted to stop and quit several times but my ego and loved ones stopped me.

I should be starting the process of buying tickets and planning for my next trip within the next few weeks so I should have lots of articles coming out on the blog. Matt and I are heading to Europe for three weeks and I can’t wait to share with you all everything we experience. I think we are pretty set on going to Ireland as our first stop – it’s one of the cheapest places for me to fly to and Matt is a huge Guinness fan so I want him to try the real stuff. We talked about Romania and Greece after Ireland but as most of you know I like to go with the flow so we will probably change our minds 100x before heading out the door.
I’ll be picking up my new camera next week so that also means you will get to see some awesome pictures instead of some crappy phone pictures.

I didn’t take out my phone much during the field exercise at the end of course but here are a few pics of me pretending to be hardcore army haha.

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A great way to save hundreds of dollars on your next flight

Would you like to save hundreds of dollars on your next travel adventure?

Here is a tip I use regularly that will do just that! However, this tip isn’t for everyone; you need to be willing to ‘go with the flow’ a little bit.

What if instead of deciding on a particular place you want to see you just left your options open? I’ve found that when I shop around for flights with no destination in mind, I can find the best deals. If you’re dead set on going to a specific place, you could be missing out on some incredible savings in another location. Especially when it comes to Europe, prices per city and/or country can vary significantly which means that it can be extremely beneficial to leave your options open.

Here is what I do:

1) I decide on a date range that I would like to take my trip in 

This enables me to find the cheapest deals within a date range to maximize my savings. I don’t specify exact dates but look at prices for an entire month or a few weeks at a time.
For example: If I want to go somewhere for approximately two weeks in the month of May, I will look at prices for the entire month, not only for a particular two-week period and find the most cost effective days to depart and return.

2) I don’t pick a specific destination (and this is the most important part!) 

I’ll look at different destinations around the world, or in a wide area like all of Europe.
This gives me the opportunity to see where the best deals are during my pre-decided time frame (the month of May in my above example).
Google Flights provides location searches like Europe or South East Asia and then shows you on a map different cities with their prices. It’s a great way to see the most affordable places quickly and pretty effortlessly.

I do #1 and #2 at the same time to ensure I’m seeing the most options and getting the best deals. 

3) Finally, I look at other websites to see if I can find even cheaper deals

Once I’ve established the most affordable places to go in my time frame I proceed to do some extra research on various websites to see if I can find a better deal.

 

 

Going about finding plane tickets this way has saved me an incredible amount of money. I’ve found tickets to Asia for $600 CAD. You can’t’ beat those prices!
Obviously, this method is not for everyone. Some people like to plan months in advance and have everything decided or have a specific place in mind they absolutely want to see.
But, if you’re like me and you want to see ALL OF THE PLACES this is an excellent way to save money. You’ll always end up finding a deal to a location present on your very long list of travel destinations, and you’ll never be disappointed when that one place you wanted to travel to costs $500 more than you budgeted for.

So, if you have an adventurous side, give this a try next time you’re thinking of going on a trip and see how it works out for you!

 

PKat

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What are you afraid of?

Are you aching to go on a trip but something keeps stopping you from making the commitment?

Do you want to see the world but keep telling yourself you’re waiting for the right person to travel with?

Do you dream of sandy beaches, century-old buildings, or cobblestone streets but can’t seem to get yourself to see these in person?

If you said yes to any of these questions, I have but one question for you: WHY? 

WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?

Actually, here are some more questions for you: What are you afraid of? What is holding you back?

Don’t make the same mistake I did. Don’t wait until the right person comes along (friend or significant other), or until you ‘feel more comfortable’ travelling alone, or once you’ve done all the dreaming, lists, and planning you could without ever going anywhere.

If you can afford to travel now, DO IT!

Travelling alone gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, and to do it however you want to do it. Do you want to see a museum? Do it. Do you want to get on a plane on a whim and go to a different country because you heard there’s a big festival happening tomorrow? Do it. Do you just want to sleep in one day and NOT see any of the sites? Do it. You don’t need to ask someone else’s opinion; you don’t need to curb your plans or ideas because someone else doesn’t want to do the same things. You avoid disagreements, you avoid awkwardness, and you avoid shitty feelings in general.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying travelling with others is a waste of time. Travelling with people can be a blast and if you have the opportunity to do it, you should. BUT, if you’re waiting out to travel with someone, don’t. You should never put your dreams on someone else’s shoulders. If you want to see the goddamn Eiffel tower, see it. Don’t wait for Susan to save up enough money so she can come with you. Susan says she wants to go, but she’s not making any real efforts to save the money and come along. You’ve noticed it, I know. You think to yourself: “will I ever get to travel if nobody is willing to commit to it for real?”.
So forget Susan and her lame excuses, buy that ticket to Paris and explore everything it has to offer!

You’ll meet a ton of people on your travels, other solo travelers like yourself, groups, or locals. Trust me; you won’t be hurting for company. It’s actually the perfect arrangement: you meet other people, you do activities with them (sightseeing, bar hopping or whatever it may be) and then, once you’re craving some alone time you can just leave. You owe these people nothing, and they owe you nothing. You can hang out with your new friends as much or as little as you desire.  In essence, you’re completely free and it’s an incredible feeling.

Are you afraid? Do you feel like you won’t be safe if you travel alone?

Start with Europe. It is the best place to begin your backpacking adventures; it’s like dipping your toe in the water before jumping in the pool. It’s is one of the most popular places for solo backpackers; it’s modern, and most people will most likely be able to speak English which means you won’t be too disoriented. Travel between countries is relatively cheap; they have a ton of budget airlines that sacrifice comfort for savings so you can cover lots of ground in short amounts of time. I’ve travelled solo in Europe twice; I even walked around the streets of Sarajevo on my own (which let’s be honest isn’t ‘Western Europe’), and I’ve always felt safe. I think I’ve felt safer walking around certain cities in Europe than I do walking around Montreal late at night.

You’ll learn a lot about yourself while you’re out there on your own. What you really enjoy doing, seeing, eating. What kind of person you are when you’re not surrounded by your usual entourage. It’s an incredibly enriching experience, and you’ll come back filled with new ideas, lots of new knowledge & friends, amazing memories and a thirst for more.

So, I know it can seem daunting. I know it can be scary to take that step forward. But it is SOOOOOO (the amount Os should tell you something here!) worth it to take the plunge and experience everything this beautiful world has to offer. You’ll regret that you waited so long, you’ll regret all the time you wasted being afraid instead of travelling. And I promise you’ll feel ridiculous once you’re there having a blast and you realize there was nothing to be scared of.

Comment below and tell me what kind of fears are keeping you from travelling!

PKat.

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Why ‘Peripatetic’ Kat?


Here is the definition of peripatetic:

per·i·pa·tet·ic

adjective

1.traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.

So why Peripatetic Kat?

I don’t live or work abroad. I don’t move from place to place and only stay put for short periods of time. Clearly, this isn’t me so why would I pick this adjective?

Because that is my dream life; to work and live from everywhere and anywhere, to travel, see the world, be self-sufficient and free. I decided to name the blog after the life I want, not the life I currently have. Will I ever get the peripatetic lifestyle I so desperately yearn for? There is no way of knowing. However, starting this blog and putting my thoughts and experiences on screen (can’t say on paper anymore) is the first step in making the dream a distant possibility. The age old saying “you don’t know ’till you try” couldn’t be more real for me at this point. I can hope and dream for a nomadic lifestyle of travel and work abroad, but unless I try something and put myself out there, I have ZERO chances of making that happen.

I had (and honestly still have) many fears about starting this blog. What if nobody reads it? What if it’s a total failure? What if I have nothing to say? What if I get lazy again?

But in reality, who cares if it’s a failure? I will have this to look back on later on in life which is a win in itself. Another win about starting this blog is putting those fears aside and just doing it. Even if this is a complete shitshow and not a single person (other than my parents, duh!) reads my blog, at least I tried and put myself out there. If I get lazy again and stop this blog, then clearly I don’t have that much drive or will to try and make my dream a possibility, and that is on me.

So there you have it, this is why it’s Peripatetic Kat.

Cheers to taking a leap and going for it.

PKat.

 

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Let’s try this again

So I’ve tried this whole blog universe before and I didn’t really stick to it. People who know me are aware that I can be incredibly lazy at times… the novelty of a blog wore off pretty quickly the last time and I wanted to spend time travelling – not writing.

However,  I believe that having these blog posts to look back at later on will make for some great memories. It will also let me interact with family, friends and anyone else who wants to read about my adventures.

People always ask me how I can afford to travel so much. This blog can also be a way for me to show people how I do it, how I save money, how I find good deals and how I make it happen!

Hopefully, you find this blog as interesting as I am interested in travel and you follow along on my adventures.

Cheers,

PKat.

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