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Fall 2018

How to Travel on a Budget

By Dina Merani

Howdy…  I know we all have a lot of things on our plate this semester. I hope everyone is doing well so far this semester. Don’t stress about your college life. iIf you find something in your life that you don’t like, or you’re having trouble achieving what you want, hang in there. Keep fighting for it and I believe you can do it. No matter what happens it’s life, and this is how the cookie crumbles. If you cannot do one thing that you want, try another thing that you like or something else that makes you happy. What makes you happy will make your life way better than what you had lost before. Exploring the world and traveling can be the best way for you to make you happier. While you’re traveling, you might find some new things. Speaking of traveling, you might say traveling is my Middle Name, and I always looking for new places to go. You may think that traveling costs so much money because you need a hotel and good food. First, if your goal is just to see that place, you are in the right place, because I am going to give 5 ways to travel on a budget.

Dina in an airport with luggage and stuffed animal

Dina in an airport, sitting at a gate

Photography by Zac Clough

1. Travel with friend

Dina and friend on railroad tracks

Dina and friend at Golden Gate Bridge

A friend is someone who is always there for you when you are happy and sad. They always support you no matter what happens to you. If you have that kind of friend (bestie), you can ask your friend to go traveling with you. Why your friend? By traveling with your bestie, you and your bestie and share some things together. For example, looking for a cheap hostel that you and your friend can stay in together. If you want a cheaper option, there is Airbnb. This type of accommodation is often way cheaper than hostel. You can look for the cheapest one and you and your friend can stay in same room and split the price. This is I did when I went to Seattle and San Francisco for the first time. I always go with my bestie and we always share everything, and if either of us needs food or money, we can help each other.

2. Make Friends

Dina and friends posing outside airport with luggage

Photography by Zac Clough

Make as many friends as you can, especially make friends from different countries. By making lots of friends you can travel to where they live more easily. They might help you with food or accommodations when you come visit them. Which means you don’t need to pay lot of money for accommodation and food. I did the same thing when I visited Portland. I have friends there, they helped me with accommodations (I stayed with them) and cooked for myself in their place, and it was so exciting that I could spend some time with them as well.

3. Join Club on Campus (Group Tour)

Dina and friends walking into airport with luggage
There will many different clubs on campus, and in those clubs there may be a trip to go somewhere. By joining and becoming an active member in your club, you might get a chance to go to a new place for a small amount of money and people in your group may help you with that. For example, I joined the University of Montana Pacific Islander Club last year and became active in it this semester by get involved in meetings and others club events. Through this club, I might get go to Hawaii next year over Spring Break. How fun and exciting! Oh my… I can’t wait for this trip. See? Some clubs at the University can give benefits for you and who knows? You might get the same chance like me .

4. Cook by yourself

If you don’t have enough money to buy food while you’re traveling, you can cook by yourself. That’s cheaper than you eating at a restaurant. Not only that, but  food that you cook by yourself can be more delicious than the food in five star hotels or restaurants.

5. Be brave

Oh yeah, without bravery, you cannot go traveling. You should have that bravery in yourself. Just makes sure you’re brave when you get stuck somewhere or your bestie is not with you. In my experience, I didn’t have enough money to buy an airplane ticket and I really wanted to travel. I decided to travel 11 hours by myself by bus and I did it. I arrived safety. All that I needed was to be brave.

Dina with coffee on a subway

Dina on a subway

All these experiences are just so amazing to me and I’m so happy that I got to share this with you all. Hopefully there is one or two tips that you can try on your trip whenever you wanna go. Thank you so much to spend time reading this. XOXO @dMerani95.

Fall 2018

5 Cut Up Tee Shirt Ideas

As a fangirl who is obsessed with pro wrestling, my closet is FULL of different tee shirts for all of my favorite wrestlers. Millions of people around the world own the exact same tee shirts, so it has always been my mission to stand out in the crowd and make my look unique, especially when it comes to going to events in stadiums packed with 101,763 screaming fans. So for my fellow fans of ALL genres, whether you have artist, band, or tee shirts for any other fandom, here are 5 unique ideas to help you stand out a little more and how to make your shirt fit your style and personality to a “TEE!”

 

**Since humans, especially the ladies, are not flat surfaces, I like to put my shirt on before I do any alterations or cutting to make sure it will actually fit once I’m done. I start the very basic snips and cuts, mostly at the starting points, and if I have a non permanent marker or fabric chalk, I’ll line out where I want to make the final cuts, since it’s way easier to take a pair of scissors to the tee shirt when it’s not on your body and you can reach every angle that you need to! Once I figure out a good outline for how I want it to fit my body, I take it off and start cutting!**

 

1. Rock and Rave

Ashley wearing a dark blue WrestleMania 32 tank top with tassels at the bottom tied together

Do you ever get the chance to just go to a rave and dance your heart out like there’s no tomorrow? Me neither! But that doesn’t mean the rest of the world needs to know that! For this look, all you gotta do is start at the bottom of the tee shirt any cut up until you reach the desired length. For me, I always cut up until right before the logo so I don’t ruin the design. Once this is done, you can leave them hanging, tie two together, braid them, or whatever your heart desires. Sleeves? Whatever you like for this particular shirt, it can vary from shirt to shirt depending on how you like to feel when you wear it! You can leave the sleeves, cut them off, make a halter top, cut out a scoop neck, anything! Then add on that dark or neon eyeshadow and some crazy bracelets and you are ready to rave!

 

2. Off The Shoulder

Ashley wearing a black off-the-shoulder "Never Give Up" John Cena tee shirt and jeans with an eyeshadow palette in her hand

For me, I LOVE an off the shoulder tee shirt for lounging around in my room, but also doing the complete opposite when going to the gym and pairing it with a super cute sports bra that I wanna show off. When it comes to lounging around and getting ready for the day, an off the shoulder tee is super comfy and won’t make you feel like you’re suffocating by trapping your neck, chest and shoulders. An added bonus would be for when I’m doing my makeup and there’s some fallout of eyeshadow or highlight, whatever. Having less fabric up higher covering my chest and neck means less laundry I have to do to get out the ridiculous colors. The reason it’s perfect for moving around is because it’s less restricting and you are fully free to move your body as you please. All you gotta do is cut starting at the shoulder bone, cutting down to the desired depth, and continuing to the same spot on the opposite shoulder.

 

 3. Triangle Takeout

Ashley sitting on a couch in a cut up Griz Basketball tee shirt with jeans and combat boots

If you’re ever in the mood to show a little bit of skin while still maintaining the whole tee shirt look, then this quick and easy trick is the one for you! Super easy and super simple, all you have to do is make a cut right below the neckline, and make the V as deep as you desire and Viola! You’ve got yourself a cute little pop showing to show off your spunk and show some contrast from your typical tee shirt.

 

 4. Tied in the Front or Back Crop Top

Ashley standing in jeans and a black "I'm A Paul Heyman Girl" cut up tank top tied in the front

It a very common occurrence when creating a crop top out of a tee shirt that you get some weird flare out at the bottom. Cutting one little slit in the middle of the front, back, or even at the sides and tying it back together is a quick and easy fix to this problem. For me, this is my personal favorite; I am a lover of crop tops! I have some scars on my stomach from major surgeries and instead of hiding them, I flaunt them! Pair this with your favorite pair of high waisted jeans or leggings and a flannel if it’s cold, and you’re ready for the day!

 

 5. Classic Cut Up

Ashley in a black New Age Outlaws tank top that is cut and tied up the sides

This is the most common one that you’ll see around and this is the look that started it all; cutting the shirt that is too big, bulky, and basic up the sides, cut horizontally into strips and tie these strips back together to pull it in tight and show off those curves instead of looking like a box. There’s nothing wrong with looking like a box or wearing an oversized tee shirt, but when you have too many and want some variety, this was the way to go for the girls in the middle school locker room.

 

Photo creds to the adorable Haley Powers!