Budget Travel doesn’t mean Cheap Travel


Welcome to my travel blog! My name is Genni Franklin and I am a native Floridian and Puerto Rican with a passion for discovering and sharing budget travel tricks.

How it all Started

I’ve always had a passion for travel. Growing up we were always going on family vacations and I loved to experience new places, new cultures, and new food.

So, when it was time to choose a career I thought hospitality administration would be a good fit because I love food and hotels!

I’d also heard about the perks, like hotel discounts (some as low as $29/night), food and beverage discounts, and working special events. It was great!

After spending several years in roles at top hotel chains like Hilton, Marriott, and IHG, I realized that the glamorous perks came at a cost – a serious lack of work-life balance.

That’s when I decided to switch careers and found a job in Hospitality Marketing Software.

I didn’t miss my horrible schedule, but what I did miss? The hotel discounts.

I mean, seriously, it hurt my soul to think that I had to pay full price for hotel stays now. That’s when I discovered the world of budget travel back in 2015.

A friend told me about the benefits of taking out a credit card for a big purchase. Intrigued, I began to do my own research and settled on my first real points credit card – Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

Of course, as a “hotel person” I knew about loyalty programs, but learning how to combine these programs with credit card points was seriously a game changer.

At the time, my boyfriend and I were planning a trip to Europe and decided to put the entire trip on my credit card. Thanks to the welcome bonus and the points we earned, we were able to pay for a luxurious hotel stay in London.

I was hooked!

Since then, I’ve gone all in on learning the ins and outs of budget travel and maximizing credit card rewards. I’m excited to share my knowledge and help you make the most out of your travel experiences.

I firmly believe that saving money on travel doesn’t mean sacrificing luxury or convenience.

Whether you want to fly business class and stay at 5-star hotels or fly economy and stay in select service hotels, budget travel doesn’t have to mean cheap travel.


A happy couple posing for a photo in front of a serene landscape with pine trees and a flowing stream, showcasing outdoor exploration and companionship.

What’s in it for you?

My mission with this blog is for you to realize that you deserve to explore the world, even if you’re on a tight budget. I believe that everyone deserves to take a break from their busy lives and travel, and I want to help make that possible by providing budget travel tips and credit card rewards strategies.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a newbie, my goal is to make the process of saving money on travel accessible and achievable.

I want you to understand that no matter how much money you have in the bank, you can maximize your spending and avoid paying full price for travel.

Budget Travel doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming, and anyone can do it.

Ultimately, my blog is about empowering you to take control of your life by enjoying travel experiences and making the most out of your hard-earned time off.

I believe that everyone deserves to explore the world, and I’m here to help make that possible!


What now?

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my passion for budget travel. If you’ve read this far, I’m shocked and super excited. 😀

I truly believe that travel is one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences you can have in life, and I want to help as many people as possible achieve their travel dreams.

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Want to Travel More for Less?

Become a Budget Traveler! Head over to my start here page and grab my free budget travel cheat sheet  – it’s packed with valuable tips to help you create your own winning budget travel strategy.

Editorial Disclosure – The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.