Hi, my name is Darcy and I’m an impractical woman. I love fancy hotels with fluffy white bathrobes. I choose my coat based on what goes with my outfit, not the weather. And I’m known for packing shoes that end up hurting and having to buy new ones on vacation. 

But I’m here to share my best (perfectly imperfect) travel tips for impractical women like me, so you can bridge the practical and the impractical to take, fun, creative, life-giving trips.

Ready to get started building a life of luxe travel for less? Here are my most important tips for getting started:

1. Mindset is Everything

First of all, I’d like to acknowledge that I speak from a position of incredible privilege. I carry a passport that makes it fairly easy to travel between countries, I have white skin that blends in in many locations, and I have a family support system to fall back on if I royally screw up my finances. I get that this makes it easier for me to travel and live a luxurious lifestyle than the person next to me.

But I also know that you can’t achieve what you don’t believe. If your first thought when you dream of fabulous trips Paris is that it will never be possible for you, than you’re absolutely right. You have the power to create whatever life you want for yourself, but the first step is believing it.

2. Stop Comparing

Comparison is the thief of joy. No matter where you are in life, there’s always someone out there who has it better than you. You could be sailing on a yacht in the Mediterranean, but guess what? The boat over there is bigger. You could be in a gorgeous 4-star hotel, but there’s a 5-star hotel down the street. You could be having cocktails on a beautiful rooftop, but the view is better a few blocks away.

If you spend your life comparing, you’ll never be happy. You just won’t. If you want your life to feel luxurious, you need to be able to quit comparing and appreciate the wonderful place you’re at—whether that’s a hotel you’re staying in, a job you like, or an apartment that works for your family. Whether you’re comparing to other people, or a fictional idea of how your life “should” be, you’ve got to let it go.

3. You Can’t Have It All

I follow fashion bloggers that are always posting about new designer handbags or fancy shoes. Me? I have a couple of nice purses, but I don’t own any from Chanel or Louis Vuitton. Could I if I stopped spending my money on plane tickets? You bet.

The fact is, if you want to build the life of your dreams, you need to focus on your dreams, not anyone else’s. That means appointing your time and money to the things that make you happy—be it travel, designer bags, or having a beautiful place to call home. You can’t have it all, so focus on what makes you happy.


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