Means to Explore

Plan. Save. Go.

Welcome to Means to Explore!

I’m here to inspire you to travel without breaking the bank.

You don’t have to be rich to travel. I know what it takes to pay off soul-crushing student loan debt, and I quickly learned that small, affordable trips kept me sane and energized along the way to keep paying off that debt.

Now that I’m debt free, I can save up for bigger and more extravagant trips! Let me show you how to do it, too!

Everyone’s idea of affordable is different, and I cover everything from free to luxury.

I share all the best travel tips, guides, and actual budgets and reviews to travel destinations around the world and across the US! What’s on your bucket list?


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About Me

One Trip at a time

Hi! I’m Rachel, and I want to see the world.

Castle hunting, mountain climbing, and relaxing on the beach are some of my part-time passions, and I capture thousands of photographs along the way. I live my life one amazing trip at a time.

Like many of you, I have a home and family and don’t wander the earth endlessly. I use my time off wisely and plan epic journeys, and so should you!

You don’t have to leave the country, or even your home state, to explore somewhere new.

Let’s pick a destination, stick to the budget, have an adventure, and come home with stories and pictures to share!

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