5 Budget-Friendly Travel Ideas for 2019

New Years 2019

5 Budget-Friendly Travel Ideas for 2019

Recreating that “Fresh Start”

Budget Travel Ideas for 2019

Every year as December comes to a close, anticipation builds nationwide for New Years Eve. The stress of the holiday season bubbles over into what is to be the highlight of the year-- a time to reflect on trials and tribulations, victories, disappointments, and achievements.  Why is New Years Eve so romanticized? Why are expectations so high for the perfect starlit evening punctuated by the perfect midnight kiss? Research tells us that the popularity of New Year’s resolutions stems from the fact that New Years is such a significant temporal landmark. Temporal landmarks, such as the onset of a new week, a birthday, or a new semester, allow us to demarcate periods of time in our lives, and “relegate past imperfections to a previous period”.  Thus, the New Year is an opportunity to start fresh; The unachievable is achievable with enough motivation, and the weight of past mistakes seems altogether lighter.  

Unfortunately, many people are left feeling let-down after New Years Eve, when the reality of the evening fails to match their exceedingly high expectations.  No matter how much champagne was sipped, January 1st can feel just as monotonous and bland as any other day of the year. But New Years isn’t the only opportunity for fresh new beginnings.  There are endless ways to stay motivated and inspired throughout the year, by creating new temporal landmarks, and changing your surroundings.

Here at Rowkin, we understand the value of travel for creating new beginnings.  Taking a break from your daily struggles and annoyances, and traveling to a new and exciting destination, is a tool to create momentum in your life. In fact, studies have shown that travel can actually make you healthier, relieve stress, and boost overall life satisfaction! While this momentum might be temporary (your ability to maintain a diet or use curse words sparingly may fizzle out after a week), there are endless opportunities to create new beginnings, and even create fresh starts out of thin air. Instead of making New Years plans that will inevitably fall short, consider planning several budget-friendly trips throughout the year that can serve as personal markers for “new beginnings” in your life.  Below, we’ve shared five budget-friendly travel destinations for New Years 2019 that are bound to get you out of your daily rut, and on to a better “you”. Each is accompanied by its own themed Spotify playlist--- because, new experiences should be accompanied by new music!


  1. San Francisco, California

Since Rowkin is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we truly have the inside scoop on things to do and see in San Francisco. Plan a trip here if you’re a foodie, love live music, and have always wanted to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in real life. Fly into OAK as a cheaper alternative to SFO, reserve a spot at  Bourbon and Branch  for cocktails, and see your favorite band at the beautiful and charming  Fox Theater .


Since Rowkin is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we truly have the inside scoop on things to do and see in San Francisco. Plan a trip here if you’re a foodie, love live music, and have always wanted to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in real life. Fly into OAK as a cheaper alternative to SFO, reserve a spot at Bourbon and Branch for cocktails, and see your favorite band at the beautiful and charming Fox Theater.


2. Montreal, Canada

Photo Credit   Evidently, Montreal has more restaurants per capita than New York City. So rest assured, if you choose to visit Montreal, you won’t go hungry. Try the Poutine at  La Banquise  (994 Rachel Est), brush up on your French, and take in the striking beauty of the Basilique Notre-Dame, the chapel where Céline Dion got married!

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Evidently, Montreal has more restaurants per capita than New York City. So rest assured, if you choose to visit Montreal, you won’t go hungry. Try the Poutine at La Banquise (994 Rachel Est), brush up on your French, and take in the striking beauty of the Basilique Notre-Dame, the chapel where Céline Dion got married!


3. Bogotá, Colombia

Photo Credit   Rowkin team member Brandon is originally from Colombia, so he offered some insider tips on what to do and see while visiting. Immerse yourself in the world of  Andrés Carne De Res , an eclectically decorated restaurant serving the best that Colombia has to offer. Take a coffee tour at  Plantation House , a great place to learn about coffee and also a hostel! Don’t leave without visiting the nearby town of La Candelaria, home of beautiful architecture, graffiti murals, and one of Colombia’s most famous art museums,  The Botero Museum !

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Rowkin team member Brandon is originally from Colombia, so he offered some insider tips on what to do and see while visiting. Immerse yourself in the world of Andrés Carne De Res, an eclectically decorated restaurant serving the best that Colombia has to offer. Take a coffee tour at Plantation House, a great place to learn about coffee and also a hostel! Don’t leave without visiting the nearby town of La Candelaria, home of beautiful architecture, graffiti murals, and one of Colombia’s most famous art museums, The Botero Museum!


4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

If you decide to visit Croatia, visit during Spring or Autumn to avoid other tourists, and to catch it in its less-expensive off-season. Croatia has an extensive public transportation system, which consists of modern buses with free wi-fi services and ports to charge your  devices ! Expect to eat a lot of seafood on this trip, particularly octopus and squid, which are popular dishes. Try the  Panorama Restaurant  for a fantastic view, or  Above 5  for a romantic rooftop dinner for two.

If you decide to visit Croatia, visit during Spring or Autumn to avoid other tourists, and to catch it in its less-expensive off-season. Croatia has an extensive public transportation system, which consists of modern buses with free wi-fi services and ports to charge your devices! Expect to eat a lot of seafood on this trip, particularly octopus and squid, which are popular dishes. Try the Panorama Restaurant for a fantastic view, or Above 5 for a romantic rooftop dinner for two.


5. Cuzco, Peru

You can get a sit-down meal in Peru for $2-$5 USD, and the city of Cuzco is very accessible by foot! Visit here if you are curious about ancient ruins; the Incan ruins located here  (Sacsayhuaman)  are astonishingly well-preserved. Check out this guide for  cheap budget flights to South America , and avoid visiting during rainy season, which is from October to April.

You can get a sit-down meal in Peru for $2-$5 USD, and the city of Cuzco is very accessible by foot! Visit here if you are curious about ancient ruins; the Incan ruins located here (Sacsayhuaman) are astonishingly well-preserved. Check out this guide for cheap budget flights to South America, and avoid visiting during rainy season, which is from October to April.


 

2018 “you” has come and gone.  2019 “you” is starting with a blank slate.  Planning out your travels early on in the year will ensure you have something to look forward to, with each trip being a new chapter of your life.  Just be sure to take us with you on your journeys, and definitely comment down below if you have any song music recommendations to add onto our travel playlists! #RowkInspired