How I Spent 52 Perfect Hours on Nantucket, Part Two

Read part one of my Nantucket recap here.

I left off at the end of our first day on Nantucket

On Sunday, we started the day with an Uber ride over to ‘Sconset, a neighborhood (or a town? I’ve seen it referred to both ways!) on the eastern side of Nantucket. We got off at the Sconset Market, where we grabbed (delicious!) blueberry muffins for breakfast.

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The ‘Sconset Bluff Walk was high up on my list of things to do in Nantucket, as I’d seen plenty of gorgeous Instagrams and wanted to experience the full thing for myself. It was just as beautiful as I’d imagined. The houses are enormous (and incredibly expensive, I would imagine), and it’s so cool that you’re able to get so close to them while walking on the path.

It was also relatively deserted. The entire time, we probably saw one or two other groups of people. We didn’t see anyone coming out of the houses, either. Be warned, though: The walk to Santaky Head Light, which just after the end of the Bluff Walk, is pretty long. (I’d guess a couple miles?) We didn’t want to do the whole thing twice, so we grabbed an Uber from there instead.

Though the walk looks out at the ocean, most of the waterfront property there is private. However, there was one staircase towards the beginning of the walk that wasn’t marked private, so we snuck down. It was amazing! There was literally no one on the beach, the waves were coming in, and it was just so peaceful. We probably stayed down there for 15 minutes, but if I had a towel and a bathing suit, I could have parked it all day!

We spent 15 minutes taking photos and catching our breath at Santaky Head. It’s so picturesque and so classically Nantucket, I loved it!

Afterwards, we hopped in an Uber back to our AirBnB, where we took advantage of the amazing porch situation and drank a Fisher’s Island Lemonade (they are the best!) One of my favorite things about our AirBnB was that the family who owned the guest cottage (it was on the property of their larger house) had a dog, Brody, who let roam free throughout the property! He came to visit us while we were drinking and chatting and he was the cutest!

We then got another Uber and headed over to Cisco Brewery for lunch, music and drinks. Y’all, this is such a fun place to spend an afternoon on Nantucket. There’s food trucks (including one from 167 Raw in Charleston!), wine, beer, cider and sangria, live music and picnic tables. (Oh, and also, a lot of dogs.) We hung here for a couple hours, just drinking, chatting, dancing and eating lobster rolls. This spot should be on everyone’s Nantucket itinerary.

Back at our AirBnB, we took advantage of the grill and cooked dinner (well, Natalie cooked most of it) and caught glimpses of the Tonys. (I was so psyched Dear Evan Hansen won!)

Monday morning we got breakfast at Downyflake, where we each had a skillet and one of their famous donuts (I also picked up another one for the road!) Food on Nantucket can be pricey, so I highly recommend this spot, which was very affordable (but still tasty!) Afterwards headed downtown to shop around a bit more and grab one more ice cream at the Juice Bar.

My suit ($40!) // Vineyard Vines hat // Clubmaster sunglasses // Market tote

The rest of the afternoon was spent at Surfside Beach, which was walking distance from our AirBnB. Luckily, we had amazing weather the whole trip, but Monday especially was gorgeous and warm. The water was really cold, so none of us actually went swimming.

We sort of cut it close on timing for our departure, rushing back to our house, throwing all our stuff into our bags, and catching a quick Uber to the airport. Luckily, there was literally no security line and we boarded almost immediately after going through.

It really was the perfect weekend, and I’m so sad it’s over! We’re already talking about plans for next year, and we all agree on one thing: Three days was not nearly long enough!

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How I Spent 52 Perfect Hours on Nantucket, Part One

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Waiting at our gate for our flight to Nantucket, my friend Charlotte said a colleague had told her that “Nantucket is pleasure.” After spending a long weekend on the island, I have to say that I’m in complete agreement with that description. Nantucket isn’t very big, but every mile is gorgeous, summertime perfection. Not to mention, I visited with three of my close friends, Natalie, Charlotte and Ivy. If you were in a sorority, they are my “little”, my “big” and my “grand little.” We’d never traveled together as a group before, but it was so much fun — I see many more trips together in our future.

I honestly just have so many photos I want to share from my time on Nantucket, so I’m going to break this up into two posts. (You’re probably going to read through this and think ‘This is only half of the photos you’re sharing?’ Yep, I took a lot of photos!)

How We Got There

We flew in on Saturday morning, on the new direct service to Nantucket from LaGuardia on Delta. If you’re looking to get to Nantucket from Manhattan, I’d highly recommend this option, as trekking up to the Cape + taking the ferry seems like quite the trek. Flights can get pricey, so book in advance — we booked ours in February, and paid less than $200 round trip!

The Nantucket airport is actually adorable. It’s so tiny. Right after we left the plane, a truck drove up the bags and dropped them off right there. And when you’re flying out, you honestly can get to your flight five minutes before you’re supposed to board and make it there on time.

Where We Stayed

We rented a guest cottage on the property of a larger house through AirBnB, which is totally the way to do Nantucket. I’ve seen several other bloggers talk about staying at a hotel, which also seems lovely, but staying at a house was amazing. There was a patio with a table, chairs and a grill, which we put to use on Sunday. It was so cozy and felt more home-y than staying at a hotel. And honestly, nothing beats cracking open a Fisher’s Island Lemonade on the patio.

How We Got Around

We were far away enough from the downtown area that we didn’t want to bike everywhere, and didn’t really want to rent a car and deal with the hassle of parking, either. Thankfully, Nantucket has Uber! We never waited long for a ride, and all the drivers were super friendly! I’d say most of them cost about $12-15. If you’re splitting between multiple people (or switching off who orders the Ubers!) it’s totally doable. (And then, of course, you can have a few glasses of wine without worry!)

What We Did

We arrived on Saturday around noon, and headed over to the house we were staying in. After quickly changing and settling in, we hoped in an Uber to downtown. We were all pretty hungry, but knowing how expensive food on Nantucket can get (#IslandLife) so we just grabbed a slice of pizza and sandwiches (not both for each of us!) down near the water on Broad Street. Then we grabbed ice cream cones at the Juice Bar, which has the best waffle cone I’ve ever eaten in my life. However, Natalie had a smoothie, which was also so good. You can’t go wrong!

We had a reservation at 4 p.m. with Endeavor Sailing, so in the meantime, we walked around and popped into all the different shops in downtown Nantucket. A few favorites? Skinny Dip, which I also visited in Charleston, Murray’s, a preppy paradise with lots of Nantucket reds, and Margaux, a brand that carries beautiful ballet flats. However, my favorite item I purchased on the Straight Wharf, in a tourist-y shop called Nantucket Peddlers, where I got this red sweatshirt! We all ended up buying them, as they were $30 and the perfect Nantucket souvenir!

Our ride on Endeavor Sailing was amazing: 90 minutes on the water, and you can just sit and relax while the boat staff takes care of everything. One important tip: BRING DRINKS. As the boat was pulling up from their last ride, we saw the passengers holding red cups. And we realized, you can BYOB to this boat ride! We were about five minutes from departure, and Natalie literally took off towards the nearest liquor store (which was about five-ish blocks away) and then came back equipped with a four pack of Fisher’s. (Bless her.) The ride wouldn’t have been the same without it.

That night, we went to dinner at Cru, which is right on the water and had a great lobster roll. It’s on the pricier side, but this was our only really nice meal out, so we didn’t mind! Afterwards, we made a stop at Stop N Shop downtown to pick up groceries for the rest of the weekend — another perk to having a house!

The rest of my Nantucket photos and recap will be up on the blog early next week — along with another Nantucket outfit!

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A Day Trip to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

I always start my weekends with the best of intentions to do a ton of work on the blog and write multiple posts. And sometimes I do, and it’s great, and I feel so productive! But sometimes, Sunday night rolls around, it’s 9 p.m. and BAM I don’t have lunch prepared for the week, I haven’t done a blog post, and my room is a mess. This past weekend was one of those weekends. It got weirdly busy, and I pretty much got nothing done. And because of photo issues, getting an outfit post up today just wasn’t happening. So instead, I’m doing a look back at my ten hours in Philly last weekend!

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One of my good friends from college moved to Philadelphia last fall and we’ve been meaning to visit every since. It’s such a quick trip from NYC, and I’ve never been inside Philadelphia proper (I have been to the suburban Philly area, back in college.) And with a limited number of summer weekends available, we decided to do a day trip last weekend.

We arrived at about 10 a.m., after catching a 8 a.m. Greyhound from the Port Authority. (Yuck.) The Greyhound station was right near Reading Terminal Market, so we walked around for a bit and I ate a Philly pretzel. (Very, very tasty!) We then walked over to our brunch locale, Continental Midtown, which took us through Rittenhouse Square.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

I didn’t take any photos of our brunch (bad blogger!), which you’ll see is a recurring theme throughout this post. It was, however, delicious. We all started with London Iced Teas, which tasted sort of like a Pimms, one of my favorite across the pond drinks. The real highlight of the meal, however, was the French onion soup dumplings. So cheesy, so good! The vibe there was really cool, too, with hanging cage chairs and a sort of retro-diner feel.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

We walked around Center City after that, and did a little shopping. We popped into Jack Wills, which always has the best gallery wall. Seriously, it’s insane! And all the posters are British-themed, too, so obviously, I love them.

Afterwards, we hopped in an Uber and headed over to the Liberty Bell. It was the big sight all of us out-of-towners wanted to see while we were there, and while I can’t say it was thrilling (after all, it is just a bell) it was still cool to see + interesting to read about the history of it, which I didn’t really know anything about. We had to wait in a bit of a line to get in, but nothing crazy! I’d say we were in the building within 15 minutes.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

It was really hot, so we were all ready to relax and sit down for a bit after seeing the bell. My friend directed us to Independence Beer Garden, which was right across the way from the Liberty Bell. This space is huge + with good snacks and drinks. There’s also a happy hour with cheaper prices! We hung out here for a while, and I took 30 minutes to call my dad (it was Father’s Day!). Luckily, too, it was covered, because it started pouring while we were there!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl
Top // Shorts // Bag // Shoes

I knew I wanted to see Elfreth’s Alley (and let’s face it, take a few pictures, because it’s adorable!). It’s the oldest residential street in the U.S., and reminded me a bit of Acorn Street in Boston. We walked down the street and snapped a couple of photos. The houses are so cute, but I don’t actually think I’d want to live there — too many tourists!

Our last stop? Cheesesteaks! You can’t go to Philly without getting one. We Ubered down to South Philly, where my roommate Taylor and I split a cheesesteak wit (with onions, in non-Philly speak) and cheese whiz. Sounds a little gross, but it was so tasty!

And then we Ubered back to the bus station to catch the 8 p.m. back to NYC! It was an exhausting day, but a fun one with good friends. I definitely need to plan another trip to Philly to see the Rocky steps, explore the museums and more neighborhoods, and eat another cheesesteak. #Truth.

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Charleston, South Carolina Travel Diary

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My mom and I had been talking about doing a Charleston trip for months. We both love to travel, and the city seemed like the perfect long weekend destination (it was.) She comes to visit me in NYC once or twice a year, and she was planning to come to visit me in May, with talks of a Charleston trip put off until the fall. But when I was thinking about the fall, it just seemed so busy. We have a really big family trip coming up in December, and I might be planning another big trip before then — after last fall, where I was gone nearly every weekend, I knew I didn’t want to do that again. So after I saw Sunday In The Park With George (which was so, so good!), I called my mom right outside the theater (she had just purchased her NYC flights, so I knew we were operating on a limited time schedule for a refund!) and suggested we do Charleston that weekend instead. She agreed it was a great idea, and I woke up to her itinerary forwarded to my inbox.

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Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

As cliche as it sounds, the city was everything I expected and more: So, so cute and charming. The colored houses were so picturesque, the food was so good. Plus, everything is better when you’re surrounded by palm (or palmetto) trees. I see why everyone is so obsessed. It’s not a go-go-go city with a million museums to visit, which sometimes, is nice when you travel. We had a really relaxing but still packed stay in Charleston, which is the best kind of long weekend, in my opinion!

I’m going to break this down a la my Barcelona post, with sections on what we did, what we ate, and where we stayed below!

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Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Where We Ate

I thought a lot about what to eat while we were in Charleston. Like, a lot, a lot, a lot. Unfortunately, it was also the College of Charleston graduation weekend, so making reservations was tough. Plus, it was simply impossible to hit every restaurant I wanted to. Next on my list? Poogie’s Porch, Xiao Bao Biscuit and 167 Raw. But I loved pretty much every place we went.

Charleston Grill
This one we ended up going to because we could get a last minute reservation on Saturday night, but it was a great option. It’s definitely a classic grill — very nice, white tablecloths, elaborate menu, that sort of thing. To be frank, I’d never go to this sort of place if I was picking up my own tab (thanks, Mom!) so it was a fun switch from my normal setting.

Darling Oyster Bar
Honestly, this was my least favorite meal of our trip. I had an oyster appetizer dish that was just not good — it was heated and prepared with a sauce neither my mom or I enjoyed (and my mom likes everything.) I had a poke dish for dinner which was tasty, but a little small. My mom loved her food though, so I think this is more on me than the actual restaurant. The place itself is super cute!

Leon’s Oyster Shop
This was our first meal in Charleston, and it was the perfect place to start! It’s classic Southern food: char-grilled oysters, one of the best dishes I tried in New Orleans, fried chicken, etc. It’s a bit fur

Husk
This was my favorite meal we had in Charleston. It’s notoriously tough to get into, but we went right when they opened on Sunday for brunch, and managed to get a seat after a 20 minute wait. The food was so, so good. If I went back, I think I’d want to go for dinner to try that menu, but I highly recommend brunch! I had

Magnolia’s 
Another upscale Southern spot, we ended up going here because Xiao Bao Biscuit was closed and the wait at 167 Raw was insane. I had a caesar salad with fried shrimp to have a (bit) of a detox

Callie’s Little Hot Biscuits
A quick place to stop for your biscuit fix. They sell sandwiches or just little biscuits in a few flavors. Right on King Street, so an easy spot to hit. However, there’s limited seating, so maybe best to grab for later.

Sugar Bakeshop
I’m something of a cupcake connoisseur, and I loved these. The whole shop smells like baked good, I seriously would buy a candle with the Sugar Bakeshop scent if I could. I had the strawberry flavor and it was divine.

The Daily
We just stopped here for coffee, but the setup was cute and they have a nice array of smoothies + other quick breakfast spots.

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Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

What We Did

We arrived late on Friday, so we just took an Uber to our hotel (the King’s Courtyard Inn — more on that below!) and went to bed. Saturday was a bit rainy, but started out overcast so we walked all the way to Leon’s, which is a bit further down King Street. After lunch, we walked back down King Street, but this time, stopped in all the stores along the way. My favorite was Skinny Dip, which has a ton of cute and preppy brands, like Sail to Sable and Margaux. There’s also a coffee shop upstairs if you need somewhere to rest your feet for a bit! I also liked Willy Jay’s, which was a bit more affordable. I picked up a super cute off-the-shoulder top there, which I wore in this post. Hampden Clothing also has a gorgeous array of designer items, but most were way out of my price range! Still fun to stop in and dream, though!

After successfully avoiding the rain while walking down King Street, we took a break back at the hotel before heading over to the Calhoun Mansion for a tour. (At this point, it was pouring, so we Ubered.) The tour for the mansion was about 40 minutes. It’s not super historical, but it was a really cool space. The house is crammed with artwork, antiques and artifacts. Honestly, seeing all the stuff and how they manage to fit it into this house was really cool! If we had more time I’d have liked to have seen a home that was a bit more historical, but this was a good one to pop into it.

Dinner afterwards was at Charleston Grill. At that point, the weather had cleared up so we went and got ice cream sandwiches afterwards at a spot on King Street. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was on the east side of the street, past the big park, so a little further north.

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Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Sunday — and Mother’s Day! — the weather was much nicer. We started with Mother’s Day brunch at Husk, which as I said earlier, was delicious. We then headed down to Rainbow Row and the South of Broad, walking around and snapping photos. Of course, we also walked down to the Battery, but didn’t stay nearly as long as I’d have liked because we both forgot sunscreen. (Yes, my mom is as pale as I am, so this was especially stupid.)

My mom really wanted to see the Ravenel Bridge, so we walked up and over to the Water Taxi, which will take you over to Fort Sumter and Sullivan’s Island. We ended up just taking the taxi around the entire route, which was honestly a pretty way to see the bridge and enjoy some time on the water.

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Outfit details in this post

Monday was our last day, but I started out early with a trip to Callie’s Little Hot Biscuit and then Sugar Bakeshop (yes, I felt like I was going to explode afterwards.) This day was honestly pretty low-key. We explored more of the South of Broad area, walked over to the Waterfront Park and saw the famous pineapple fountain. We also popped into the City Market in the center of town, where my mom bought a wall hanging for my grandma (that she unfortunately ended up leaving in the cab or at the airport! If you know my mom, you’ll know this is classic. (She’d agree!)

We then went on a carriage tour of the city, something I had seen recommended. We did it with Palmetto Carriage Works, and our guide was great! It’s an interesting way to learn more about the history of the city while getting a peek at all the amazing architecture. I also adore horses — I used to ride every summer at camp, and wish it was easier to do so in the city — so any activity that brings a horse into my day is welcome!

It was so hot, so some time in the AC was welcome, and we had a long lunch at Magnolia’s. The rest of the trip was honestly stressful, having to figure out my flight situation after I was hit with a massive delay (and eventual cancellation!) but it all worked out, thankfully!

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the King’s Courtyard Inn, right on King Street, and I could not recommend it more. The prices were pretty reasonable compared to other Charleston hotels I looked at, and the location was incredible. Smack in the middle of King Street, right near Queen Street (and Husk!), nestled in between the shopping and the South of Broad neighborhood. If it wasn’t for the rain, we would have barely used Uber the whole weekend. The rooms are spacious (and provide an iron, bless!) and there’s a super cute courtyard (naturally) at the center of the hotel. Every night around 5, they provide complimentary wine and snacks served in the courtyard, too!

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

I know it’s so grainy, but I liked the photo otherwise! Outfit details here. Also I miss my long hair, WAH.

Charleston, South Carolina Travel Guide, What to Do in Charleston South Carolina // Pearl Girl

Charleston really is the perfect weekend getaway, and I’m so glad I got to spend Mother’s Day with my wonderful mom — and in this pretty city! Let me know if you have any questions, or any spots to add to my next trip — because I already know I’ll need to plan another one (dreaming about those biscuits!).

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Everything You Need to Know About Flying Budget Airlines

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Y’all know I love a good deal. And I especially love a good deal when it comes to traveling. I travel a fair amount, but in my years of adulthood (and studying abroad, where I traveled a lot a lot) I haven’t had to spend too much on getting there. A huge part of this is thanks to budget airlines.

You’ve seen them before. Budget airlines are carriers like Spirit or Frontier, or if you’re traveling abroad, WOW Air and Norwegian to get there, and EasyJet and RyanAir once you’re in Europe. The fares are low — so low, you have to wonder, is this good to be true? Kind of. But while there’s definitely things you need to be aware of before booking a flight on a budget airline, it’s an amazing option to have when you’re traveling. Here’s what I’ve learned — and a breakdown airline by airline.

There are hidden costs.

Yes, the fares are often, too good to be true. That’s because things you expect to be included in your fare, like a carry-on suitcase, or a bag of pretzels, aren’t a part of the ticket price. For example, on Spirit, the only carry-on you can take for free is a backpack or a tote. You have to pay extra to bring a carry-on suitcase, which costs $26 if you book online while you’re booking your ticket. It’s actually cheaper to check a bag — that’s $21. I highly, highly recommend booking your excess bags online. If you book at the gate, it can get up to $60. I flew Norwegian back from Barcelona, and they charge to check a bag, which normally doesn’t happen on international flights. I believe it cost about $50 — kind of lot, but my flight from Barcelona to NYC was less than $200 — practically unheard of. And I’m not about that carry-on life for a week away, so I was happy to pay the price.

The good news? Oftentimes, even with these baggage fees, the fares are so much lower that it’s still cheaper — or at the very least, evens out.

There are no extras.

Though carriers like United, American and Delta are pretty no frills (anyone else remember the brief period where you didn’t get a snack on United?! Torture.) I flew Norwegian back from Barcelona last December, with a layover in London. And on our six hour plus flight back from London, we got no food or beverage whatsoever. Not even a cup of water (perhaps we could have gotten that if we had asked, but we didn’t, as we brought water on the plane.) This sounds horrible, but you can make do: Buy a huge bottle of water and snacks at the airport. You can,

There could be delays.

This is more something I’ve heard from word of mouth than I have actually witnessed in life. But like with any airline, you could encounter delays. The big thing I’ve noticed with budget airlines is that if there is a delay, they don’t have as many gates at airports as other airlines do. So if there’s a delay and a clogging of the gate, you could end up sitting there for a while. This happened to me at 1 a.m. in Chicago — we were just sitting on the tarmac, while my mom was waiting at baggage claim, thinking I’d be off the plane right after landing. It was horrible.

But honestly, that experience has been an outlier for me. I never had any delays or cancellations during my flights on EasyJet or RyanAir while I was studying abroad. I’ve had a couple delays on Spirit, but nothing crazy (besides that above experience.) However, Spirit once got me out of Chicago to New York on time in the middle of a polar vortex, which I will forever be grateful for.

There could be bad customer service.

When you’re paying this little for a flight, you’re not paying for service. (Granted, we know that some “non-budget” airlines don’t offer much in the way of service, either!) Go in expecting this. I’m not saying that the service will be horrible — I’ve never encountered anything worse than any other airline. And in some cases, I’ve had some great customer service. But while that’s been my personal experience, I know that it has varied for other people, so it is something to keep in mind.

Also, on EasyJet and RyanAir, flight attendants will walk through the aisle throughout the flight. Just put on your headphones and ignore them. When you’re only paying $40 for a ticket, you’ve got to make the money somewhere.

There is a need to read the fine print.

The first time I flew Spirit, I had no idea about the carry-on rule. My flight out, it was 6 a.m. in the middle of a polar vortex, so I assume the gate attendant was just being kind and turned a blind eye. But because of this, I didn’t realize I had to buy my carry-on for the flight back. Luckily, the gate attendant was understanding and sold it to me for the online price, rather than the gate price.

There will be savings.

In the end, you are saving money. The fares are cheaper, and I don’t think the sacrifices you’re making (hardly any, in my opinion) outweigh the savings. Especially in Europe, when you’re taking a quick flight from, say, Paris to Munich, or London to Amsterdam, budget airlines are a godsend. And as a recent(-ish) college graduate, budget airlines for transatlantic flights make it possible for me to travel to Europe more than I would normally be able to.

What should you fly?

And here, a quick primer on the best-known budget airlines.

Southwest: I’ve never flown Southwest, as it flies out of Midway Airport in Chicago, but lots of people swear by it. The fares are pretty affordable from what I’ve seen, but there’s no assigned seating.

Frontier: A domestic airline with insane deals. I’ve never flown, but I know the prices can be nuts — under $50 nuts.

Spirit: Cheap fares, but you do have to pay for carry-ons and checked bags. You also have to print out your boarding pass beforehand, not put it on your Apple Wallet,

XL Airways France: A great option for direct flights from NYC to Paris. The prices are good, and you do get a free checked bag and meal on board.

Norwegian: Direct to Oslo, London and Paris from NYC. The flights are cheap, but no frills — there’s no food or drink, and you have to pay to check a bag.

WOW Air: I don’t know much, but it’s an Iceland-based carrier, so you will likely have to connect in Iceland. I have no friends who have flown the airline, but I always see things about the crazy deals, so it’s worth looking into!

RyanAir: Known for poor customer service and dirt cheap flights. There are no seat assignments and you have to print out your boarding pass ahead of time. And they often fly to airports that are a bit further outside of the city you’re visiting, which requires additional travel time (and more creative

EasyJet: Almost all the flights I took when I was abroad, I took on EasyJet. It has similar prices to RyanAir, but it’s just better on all points, mostly it takes you to the city’s more central airports and there’s assigned seating. If you can, I’d fly EasyJet before resorting to RyanAir.

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