Hey Youtube World. It’s me, Evelyn. You have
made it to the second part of this video. I will be giving a few tips, nawwwmsayin,
a little bit of my insights into international travel and how you can finance your trip.
A couple people asked, so here I’m is. In the video description box, I will provide
a link to a series I did on the $ALT blog. It’s the blog of American Student Assistance.
It’s a nonprofit organization that teaches college kids how to get their life and not
drown in debt and talks to them about loans. I’m actually a regular writer for them — I
have been for maybe a year or two. But I will put a link in the video description box to
the articles that I wrote. Number one: PLAN. Absolutely nothing about
procrastination and international travel go together. If you are a procrastinator to that
extent, you will stay your happy butt in your state. You have to be proactive. You have
to do your research months, a year in advance. If you even have the inkling of wanting to
leave this country and you don’t even know where you wanna go? Start planning now. Put
money away! You don’t know what the plane ticket gon’ be, where you gon’ go – it doesn’t
matter. Start saving your monies AGORA! Right now. Saving money is difficult, I understand. It
takes everybody in different salary positions different amounts of time to save. Research
far in advance for how much that plane ticket is going to cost. Spending money on a Starbucks drink when easily
10 Starbucks drinks you well on your way to a plane ticket. Some habits you just gotta
let bite the dust. What’s more important? Subpar coffee? Or a vacation to France? You
could be drinking French coffee. From France. In France. With French people! Or you can
pull through the Starbucks drive-thru. You make the decision. You decide. I’m going to link to Sonia’s Travels. One
of my favorite channels on Youtube for quick travel tips. Every single Thursday, she comes
at you with a valuable piece of travel information. My biggest tip comes from Doyin. Go to
If you are under the age of 26 — they have different categories. They have student, and
they have young adult. Young adult is considered 26 and under, and student I don’t know how
they verify you’re a student, but you can find cheaper airfare if you fall under that
category. I can vouch for this. I found a significantly cheaper – like by hundreds of
dollars – cheaper ticket to South Korea, than if I went the conventional way through Expedia
or Travelocity. Because I procrastinated and I didn’t just go for it, I kinda missed on
that because I was flying into a not official…not a big city. Second biggest piece of advice I can give
you: get your travel documents in order ahead of time. AHEAD OF TIME. Getchu a passport. Get that well in advance.
Once you have the idea to go abroad, get a passport. Passport, a visa, anything you else
you might need in order to exit this realm and enter the next. A passport is like your international identification.
You get stopped by the police in Russia, don’t hand them your Texas drivers license. What
does that mean? That’s nothing! But how did you get here though? Your passport. A visa is your permission to be in a particular
country. It’s the immigration process — “why are you here?”. You can have a tourist visa, you can have
a student visa, a business visa — there are many different visas. You have to know the
requirements for the particular country you’re trying to go to. Also, how long that process
will take because there are only so many consulates and embassies in the United States. For example, when I went to Nigeria, they
was tryna make me go to Atlanta. I can’t just fly to Atlanta for a visa. You have to figure
out the requirements. If you have to go for a physical interview. They’re like “hmmm. who are you? where are
you going? why are you going? who are you meeting there?” Right? I mean, it’s immigration. You’re trying
to go across borders, so they got some questions. I got my visa the day my flight left. You
don’t understand! I throw up under stress — I was vomiting all day. I’m over here trying
to get to Nigeria and I don’t have a visa yet. Wooo – I chased the post man around north
Austin!! Avoid that heartache. I wept because I didn’t
think I was gon’ get my visa in time. For South Korea, you don’t need a visa for
the first 90 days I think it is. When you get to immigration in South Korea, they do
take your picture and do a thumbprint or something, but you don’t have to pay for a visa. Next piece of advice is if you are young,
or if you’re bout that life no matter the age, you know, try and stay in a hostel instead
of a hotel. Mad cheap and you can read reviews and see the quality of the place. The hostels that Doyin and I stayed at — she
has an apartment, but when we would travel to other parts of South Korea we had to stay
in a hostel — and that place was an awesome facility. It wasn’t lavish or anything, but
it was cleaner than most dorm rooms that I have stayed in. If you’ve been to The University
of Texas at Austin and you have walked the floors of Jester Dormitory… If you’re staying for long periods of time,
and you’re staying in a house or an apartment, or somewhere that has a kitchen – COOK! It
will always be cheaper. Sometimes you just have to make pasketti. Youfeelwhatimsayin,
sometimes you just need to make a pot of pasketti. Next big tip is: after a while, you can do
all the planning you want, you’re just going to have to press purchase. You’re just going
to have to do it. Once I bought that ticket, it’s done — I’m going! The rest will work
itself out. All I can do is put aside enough money and get my life together. You’re just gonna have to do it, Youtube.
If you wanna travel, you’re just gonna have to do it. Mmm! You can achieve your dreams!
It just takes a lot of organization and at the end of the day, some hoodspah. Some testicular
fortitude. Next? Next year 2014 Ima claim it in the name
of Jesus Christ. Where I’m tryna go — Canada for Caribana. Whose country Ima represent?
I don’t know — you want me to be Jamaican, I’ll be Jamaican. You want me to be Bajan,
I’ll be Bajan. I will be whatever you want me to be. Just let me get my mid section right
and it’ll be on and popping. I must go back to Kenya. Last time they saw
me out there, I was 14. It’s been like a decade since I’ve seen my family, so. Where do YOU want to go in the world? Have
you ever traveled? What was it like? Tell me all these things and more in the comments
below, and we’ll talk. See you on the internets somewhere bye!!! [voice over]
Nope! Hold on. I also suggest that you watch Kala’s videos over on TheKGLifestyle. She
gives a lot of great tips for travel. She’s been everywhere. Oh my god. Would you look at that? I have
even provided a free travel planner download in the video description box. You can go ahead
and use it to get your life together and get to traveling. That’s my bougie Nairobi accent
by the way. Bye for real this time.


  • This is brilliant advice. I'm coming over to the states (from the UK) next year for 4 months on the Work America programme, so I'm really looking forward to that. Thereafter, by God's grace, I plan on travelling somewhere every year. Australia 2015 and Madagascar 2016. I CLAIM IT HALLELUJAH!! 

  • Love your videos! I'm from Djibouti but raised in Canada (def recommend Toronto; its a great town). I"m currently studying abroad in Sweden; plan to visit as much of Europe before I go! Thanks for the tips : )

  • Peculiar Delight says:

    lmboooo I had to pause the video and comment . I am at the part when you're speaking about getting a passport . . and you said don't hand them your Texas I.D. what is that . . and you blew air like poof , vanish that is toooooo funny ! I almost messed my flash card laughing !!!

    We need more E V E . You're too hilarious and uplifting (the laughter is just lovely) to just come through once in a blue. . . v-log errday challenge son son ?

  • You can't play with Naija visa o!! That one no be small ting! Great tips. Procrastination is the devil when it comes to travel in so many ways. I'm trying to go to Nigeria for years, but I procrastinate with my planning. Obviously, it's easier for me to get there, but saving is a [bleep].

  • I studied abroad 3 times. First was a summer in England, then a semester in Paris, and a semester in New Zealand. I've been to Scotland, Ireland, Prague, Norway, and Amsterdam. I've got a blog (that I don't update enough) detailing some of my experiences if anyone is interested. Also, I totally co-sign STA. They also have a deposit program for students, so if you're a student you can hold the price of your ticket for $300 (the full price must be paid 7 days before departure), you just have to get a letter from your school verifying your enrollment. Other cheap sites for flights are Skyscanner and Bravofly, you'll find better deals there if STA doesn't work for you (and it'll be much cheaper than going through an airline).

  • GirlYouAlreadyKnow says:

    This video was so helpful. I plan to travel more and money and planning are always so confusing for me to handle sometimes. Also I dreamed of going to Los Angeles, since I was a little girl and I'm here right now as I type this. It was a lot of planning, praying and calling family members. I feel more confident I can go places now.

  • YAAAAAAAASSS Evelyn! Caribana is where it's at! You'll catch every inch of your life here, girl! And you BEST be representing for Jamaica 🙂 gunshot sounds

  • I've been to Jamaica on a trip with my mom. Planning on studying abroad this summer in France. Also, just a tip, make sure your name is spelled right on all documents. We got a travel agent to book our tickets to Hawaii once and he added an "L" to the end of my name. Come time to leave Hawaii, they almost made me stay there because the name on my ticket didn't match that on my driver's license. 

  • Great Advice!!! Oh how I miss travelling!!

    Yay Canada, we have a few Caribanas…

    Montreal: end of June (or beginning of July), Ottawa (Mid-July) Toronto (August)…not sure about the other cities, but theses are the main 3 I went (Montreal starts the summer). I believe Montreal has a Kenyan float with the Concordia African Student Association (back then they did, not sure for now). You will have fun!!

  • Be Dominican from Dominica. I've never been. But, that's where my people's from, Homie!!! You crack me up. I was born and raised in Germany, but I gotta get outta here as an adult, yo! Lol.

  • Alexandria Collins says:

    I've been getting so much confirmation that I'll be traveling abroad soon. I'm adding this to the list lol. But great tips, I'll be checking out all the links 🙂

  • I just ran over to check the Toronto Caribana website and most of the hotels are SOLD OUT already.  Few doubles left at SHANGRI-LA TORONTO.  Hurry Hurry!

  • Great tips! Id add that if you need to connect flights and especially if they aren't on the same airline, find out in advance which terminals you need to get to. Aint no fun rushing around trying to find the terminal for your connecting flight. I travel a bit for work been to china twice, germany, canada, spain. But for vacation ive only been to the UK , Guatemala and the USA. I'm from Jamaica so traveling to the Caribbean doesn't count but ive been to trinidad Barbados antigua dominica and the bahamas. I love traveling!!!

  • I've been to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, St. Thomas, St. Marten, Barbados, Grand Cayman, St. Kitts, St. Lucia… of all those places I didn't too much care for St. Lucia (no offense to any St. Lucians) I want to go to London and France but I wish I knew someone there.

  • Also also, don't forget your common sense when you get to wherever you're going! Sometimes we forget people are people EVERYWHERE, so don't be paranoid and look crazy nor throw caution out the window expecting people to be fairies there to sprinkle glitter on your American ass 😉

    Great vid Evelyn!

  • I need gifs for your reactions! I"m straight up dying. "Who are you, where are you going? who are you meeting there" MY FINALS WEEK IS MADE

  • Dem red lips had me all distracted and what not! Loving it and the hair! I want to travel so bad! I need to just start saving up and do it! Thanks for the innanet push!

  • LaShelle Spencer says:

    3yrs ago I went to Italy and Spain (during the world cup!) Last year, I went to Mozambique and South Africa. Girl, I felt your pain about the visa! I didn't even know I needed one for Moz until a few weeks before and I had to MAIL my passport to DC. Please mention the shots you need sometimes for a visa… I swear I was radioactive after all those injections. I'm going to Portugal, Spain and Morocco in February.

  • An awesome way to save for an international trip: 1) Set up a savings account 2) Every week, put the amount of money corresponding to the week. so 1 week of the year (like now) put $1 in. Week 20 = $20 and so on. You can save up to $1400!

  • Caribana is amazing but bring your own flag. And (in my experience) I saw a lot of Africans with their home flags so you won't stand out with yours. 

  • Last year I prayed to the Almighty God for a career where I can either afford to fly wherever I wanted to run races (avid runner here), or a career where I have fly benefits. He blessed me with the latter. I plan to run about 20 races in North America and about three internationally. I want to run a marathon in Greece this year, but I may put that off for next year and do other international first.

  • SweetTeaDarling says:

    UMMMM i love your Nairobi accent!!  I need to check to see if you you've done any ACCENT tag videos!!!  This video was just so awesome!!!

  • This is an awesome video!! You are so funny and these are great trips! I've been overseas to France but luckily I went with my sister who prepared and planned for us. 

  • This is great. Indeed, I know about that Jester West dorm life. Ugh, I would be so happy to see the cleaning people in the morning, like we would be on first name basis and have real life conversations. Bless them!

  • I had that same visa stress before coming to Switzerland. I had already booked my flight, but the visa didn't come until like 4 days before my flight.

  • Sharlene Alonzo says:

    Ive been to some parts in South America and Europe, I want to go to the carribbean like Jamaica or Antiga, something like that. I wouldnt mind going to Mexico also lol. I want to go to every country at least once.

  • traveling to europe for first time w my daughter and niece and stumbled on to your video and loved it even sent it to my daughter, great job 🙂 and yes u are right about the procrastination does not go hand in hand w travel

  • I know this is an old video but dude. I had a flight at 12pm to the US of freaking A (from the U freaking K) and had to pick up my visa the day of my flight. I get hypertension just thinking about it.

  • Pilgrimage Post Prison says:

    i've been to paris twice and bermuda once. this year i'm going to nigeria with hubby and my #1 bucket list destination is seychelles.

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