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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.

Spring 2017

Traveling In Style


Happy Spring Break, everyone! The Trendsetters are off to enjoy some much needed relaxation. Traveling somewhere this break? We’ve got you covered with 4 different travel looks!


Wanderlust. Exploring. Vacation. Loved ones. Whatever the reason, traveling is all about the destination. Yet, there is a brief moment when we have to remember the transportation. Whether it’s an exciting experience or an anxious one choosing suitable apparel for flying means knowing what will keep you comfortable on the plane.

No matter what mode of transportation I use I know I will always find a way to sleep; for planes I curl up in those uncomfortable seats and pray for leg room. So when choosing what to wear I go for breathable and opt for material that allows for mobility. This means leggings are a must! I typically choose to go with the athletic type leading me to wear these Nike Combat Pros in black.

Layers, layers, and more layers seems to be the key when flying. The temperature can range from a blistering sauna to a glacial blizzard. This is why when I choose an outfit I start with a tank top an build from there. For this look I choose a light tank top layered under a white flowy muscle tank from Young & Reckless. With a two toned Nike windbreaker to act as a jacket to combat the possibility of rain or wind. I also always like to keep a spare hoodie in my carry on for when its super chilly or to act as a pillow/blanket.  As for my choice of bag I’m rocking the Kevin Durant backpack. I love it because there is a lot of room with many pockets for my various storage needs.

As for my accessories they again aid in my ability to sleep. The Adidas hat is to shield my face from stray stares and additional light. Beats by Dr. Dre are for optimum surround sound to block any noise and rock out to music. I highly suggest in the investment of these headphones, I’ve had them for 6 years and they sound the same as the first day I bought them. Overall my travel attire leans more towards the sporty side for the comfortability.  


I am a travel junkie. I have been traveling since infancy and have been to four continents and eight countries in my nineteen years of life (#luckyduck). I don’t get spooked by turbulence, I don’t lose my mind when my ears pop, I have mastered the airport hustle and can put my personals in a bin and throw my shoes off before you can even say “customs.” Needless to say, I know how to dress to impress the stewardess. Jk, flight-attendant, “stewardess” is a dated and sexist term.

So for this outfit, I was no fool and was adamant on keeping it comfortable, the most important factor in any travel outfit. First off, leggings. If your not traveling in leggings I don’t get you. Leggings are the most comfortable pants, they make sitting for hours nbd and are my best friend because they don’t give off that “I give up” vibe that sweatpants and pajama bottoms do. I’m 98% sure that the pair I wore for this shoot are from Costco because I’m classy as hell.

I wore a black lace bralette from Victoria’s Secret that adds a nice layer of texture to the outfit but makes your boobs feel like they’re floating on a cloud. My gray loose-knit sweater is from Urban Outfitters and has a great fit that is sure to hide that plane belly. The key aspect of this outfit is the blanket scarf, mine is from Apricot Lane. A blanket scarf is a travel essential for many reasons such as being a practical and low maintenance accessory, but in my opinion its presence is mandatory for one purpose. A BLANKET SCARF CAN DOUBLE AS A BLANKET. There you go, the key to avoiding those paper thin, poor-excuse-for-a-fabric, airplane blankets! Now you can be the master of your own temperature with the help of your own wardrobe!

Lastly I finished off the look with my black converse. Do I really need to explain this? A well worn pair of converse are easy to slip on and off, they are cool, they are casual and work well on most terrains. And there you have it guys! My tips to traveling in style! I hope you all have a killer spring break that is filled with fun and relaxation! Have a safe flight and I’ll see you guys on the other side!



Hooray! Spring Break is coming.

Do you guys have plans for this Spring Break? Going somewhere with family or friends to spend time is always awesome, since we all have a lot of work in our classes this semester

I know, this semester is kind of busy with all classes that going on, but why not to spend this important time having fun before classes are start up again? You will feel happy and fresh after you spend your spring break relaxing. 

Traveling is my favorite or should I say, traveling is my hobby. I really love traveling in my free time. I love to see a new things or new place that I have never been to, that’s why if I have chance to get to, I’ll take it . However, it will be nice and more fun do it with some friends. Because of that I always plan trips with friends.

For this kind of trip I usually bring my black moon suitcase That I got from my country (Indonesia) and my black backpack from H&M. I love to bring those black for travel because it will not see dirty, because I love to put my feet to rest on them. In my backpack, I usually keep my makeup and my holy Bible, which I bring with me wherever I go, so when I’m waiting for the plane I can spend sometime reading. One  more thing that I really love and never forget to bring is my little cutest bear. As you guys can see the printed name on her mini dress “AVS”, yup, that’s her name, I usually call her Victory, is a gifts from my beautiful sister, so whenever I go, I will always bring her with me.

For outfits, I prepare to have a bright colors for traveling.  I decided this kind of outfits because, it’s show how my feel, that I am happy. T-shirt that I wore is from Forever21, the long white pants, I got from Amazon and my white Air Max Shoes, I bought at Adam Center (UMT) which at that time, the athlete sale it and it so cool.

Anyway, don’t forget to spend your spring break with people around you, because it would be nice. Have a wonderful Spring break everyone.


Instagram and fashion blogs have really upped the standard for travel outfits these days. It-girls like Carly Cristman are constantly making me feel like I need to be ready for my close-up while boarding and I have to say, the pressure gets to me sometimes! Although I do like looking cute when embarking upon an adventure, I never sacrifice comfort. I’m always down for exploring different ways to combine comfy with stylish, so this shoot was a cool opportunity to do that.

Leggings are the only thing I will put on the bottom half of my body when going on a trip. Luckily with athleisure being incredibly on trend, you can still look like you have your life together while wearing these bad boys. Mine are from LuLaRoe and they are softest things of life and extra high waisted to keep that airplane bloat at bay.

I love traveling in basic T-shirts because they’re comfortable and can create the illusion that you’re a stylish laid-back lady. This astrological sign top is by is by The Laundry Room. I picked it up at Cloth & Crown and can not get enough of how effortlessly cool it is. Also Beyonce has been seen wearing the same one in her sign (Virgo) so that is obviously a major plus.

Flannels are my go-to when traveling because you can tie them around your waist if it gets too hot, or put them on if it gets chilly. I love the statement they add to a look while still being a casual piece. I’m finishing my look off with my while Converse sneakers and threw my black hat from Sora & Company on so it doesn’t get crushed in my suitcase.


Photography by Zac Clough | @zac.clough