I started my adventure to Glasgow on an unconventional route. I flew from Denver to Pittsburgh on one airline and then Pittsburgh to Toronto on another. (This started the flight delay woes!) My flight out of Toronto was delayed a couple of hours, and I finally arrived in Dublin to a very confused airport worker asking how long I would be in Dublin. I replied. "Just long enough to go to the train station and then I am taking a train to Belfast." He replied, "Ah, you are going to Belfast?" I replied, "No, I am going to Glasgow, I have a flight out of Belfast tonight." "What a peculiar route! Why did you just not fly directly to Glasgow?" I shrugged and replied that this had saved me $200.
People often ask me how I afford to travel and presume that I must be extremely wealthy. I am not flying first class and staying in five star hotels. Far from that...I fly budget airlines, take buses or trains, and stay in hostels and Airbnbs.
The most expensive part about European travel is getting to Europe in the first place. If you live in the center of America or the west coast, it is oftentimes cheaper to fly to the east coast on an airline like Spirit, JetBlue, or Frontier and then take a European budget carrier like AerLingus or WOW to Europe. I find that Dublin is oftentimes the cheapest place to fly into. Dublin is a fantastic city so even short layovers here are well worth it!
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Hi, I’m Crystal! I love to travel and am currently a graduate student in Scotland. You’ll get all the best tips and insights from my experiences as a former ice-skating coach in Iceland and former study abroad student. Of the 27 countries I have visited, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the strangest land yet. Type 1 has not slowed down my travels and you'll learn how to take type 1 with you on the road! You can connect with me further on Instagram @CrystalChilcott, or send me ideas of where I should travel next via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHappy Travels, Crystal
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