Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

23-Year-Old Travels The World On Weekends For Under $1,000.

Best Trip Ever

Best Trip Ever

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She had flown around the globe in 26 hours. She’d gone from New York to Vancouver to Hong Kong to Bali, and after being cooped up on a plane for so long, she knew she didn’t have a lot of time left. She only had four days to enjoy Bali, so she went surfing in Kuta, did some partying in Seminyak, enjoyed the sunset at Balangan Beach, and bathed under the waterfalls located in Ubud. Best of all, she had spent less than $1K, and this wasn’t the first trip she managed to save money on.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

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It might seem as though Elona Karafin is some sort of a travel writer or a glamorous jet-setter, but she’s not. She’s just a 24-year-old financial analyst working at an e-commerce and postage supply company. But she’s no ordinary gal either. Elona has made it her life’s goal to travel to all sorts of places without spending a whole lot of money. And it seems like this young woman is doing a superb job attaining her travel goal and dreams.

The Globetrotter

The Globetrotter

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New York is Karafin’s home, but she’s traveled all over the globe. She’s been to Sri Lanka, Iceland, Mongolia, Belize, Puerto Rico, Paris, Portugal, and many other places. And each time she visits a new destination, she writes about it in her blog, “Elona the Explorer.” But she’s not trying to show off and make people jealous that she travels all the time. What she wants is to help people understand that they can travel on a budget too.

No Time To Waste

No Time To Waste

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Karafin got very sick when she was 10. She had to undergo treatment for two years in order to get healthy. This experience taught her something about life. "I don't want to waste away my youth and I don't want others to waste away their youth and I don't want them to do it because people think they don't have enough money or enough time,” she explains. So that’s why she started traveling all the time, but how?

Money’s Not An Issue

Money’s Not An Issue

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Karafin is not a rich heiress. "I work a full-time job and I'm fresh out of college, so I'm not exactly making the big bucks," she says. But she didn’t want money to be the reason why she couldn’t explore the world. “People around me, people my age or people older, everyone is dealing with something that stops them from doing what they want to do." She didn’t want this to happen to her, so she got creative.

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