Travel is the new Black. Literally. Among young millennials, travel is the new club. The idea of exploring the world is not new at all but over the past few years, and thanks to social media, traveling as a hobby and documenting each new place through beautiful photography is at an all time high. I’ve been sharing pics from Barbados and inevitably someone reading (whether they ask or not) is probably wondering well, how can I go see for myself? or how much did it cost?
I am a firm believer that you can experience luxe on a budget if you know what you’re doing. I’m no travel expert (yet) but I’m aiming to see the world for the low. Here’s how I traveled to Barbados on a budget.
Sign up for airline newsletters and sale alerts
My email inbox gets flooded with all types of flight deals or airline sales daily. Don’t ignore those emails. If your schedule is flexible and you have a few coins set aside a cheap getaway is only a click away. Jet Blue Airlines seems to run sales every week. Try my super easy travel hack. If you’re in the DC area fly on Jet Blue airlines from Baltimore International Airport (BWI) to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL). You can grab a one way flight from BWI to FLL for as low as $49! Spend the night in Ft. Lauderdale. Get up the next morning and take the earliest flight out from FLL to Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI). Depending on the sale you can score a roundtrip ticket to Barbados for $295.
If that doesn’t work do your Googles. Go to Google Flights and enter your travel dates, origin, and destination. The site will scan all the major airlines excluding Southwest and find you the cheapest airfare (including hacker fares and those with long layovers). If you’re not ready to cop your flight immediately you can enter your email address to track the flight prices. You will receive daily notifications when the price changes and with trend predictions. It will tell you if you should buy now or wait until later.
Skip the all-inclusive resort or beach side hotel property and rent an apartment or villa
Check out AirBnB for rental properties in Barbados for as low as $85 per night. Use this link to receive a $20 travel credit. If you don’t see anything available during your travel dates there’s another site with equally amazing vacation rentals. Browse Flip Key for rentals and private housing for every kind of trip. This site is backed by Trip Advisor and every owner is verified by their staff so you don’t have to worry (as much) about weirdos.
Views from our rented apartment on the east coast of the island within walking distance from Crane Beach. We booked and paid for our apartment within a week of departure. I wouldn’t recommend this normally but everything worked out as it should. The oversized, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment had a fully stocked kitchen, den, private rooftop and more! Not to mention, it was half the price of a beach resort on the south coast. We paid under $700 for 5 days (including the security deposit).
Make friends with the locals and see the entire island
Thankfully the people we met embraced us like family. The locals were our best and most valuable resource. There was no need to Yelp recommendations for things to do or pay for overpriced tourist activities. They (shout out to Eddie and Shaq) told us everything we needed to know. On our first night we ended up at the infamous fish fry at Oistins Bay Gardens, a random house party, and chilled with the owner of a popular karaoke spot. Bar hopping in St. Lawrence Gap with locals was quite an experience. Another day we spent around $125 US dollars to explore the entire island for 8 hours. Looking back our “tour guides” were a Godsend. How else would we know the connect and where to buy beer 4 for $10!
I am so incredibly grateful to visit such a beautiful place. Like my shirt says: God is dope! I couldn’t have planned nor asked for a better authentic experience. The entire trip exceeded every single one my expectations and most importantly I felt safe. Everyone was so friendly and laid back. I felt like I belonged there. I’ll go back to Barbados in a heart beat! Feel free to explore the rest of my Barbados posts and past travel diaries. If you like content like this make sure you don’t ever miss another travel post.