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Welcome to Wanderlust Wayfarer, where you can find jam-packed one-day destination guides, fun things to do in cities and towns around the world,
and comprehensive cruise advice. Start by scrolling through the most
recent posts below.

Things to Do in St. Louis, Missouri — Gateway Arch to The Loop
Disneyland in One Day: Attractions to Entertainment
One Day in Barcelona, Spain: From Gaudi to the Gothic Quarter
13 Beach Bag Essentials for Every Traveler
Things to Do in Phoenix—Mountain Trails to Magnificent Malls

Click the icons below for quick and easy access to helpful travel, fashion, and cruise tips, as well as packed one-day destination guides that are perfect for city breaks or cruise port excursions. 

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Jam-packed luxury travel itineraries for people on a shoestring budget


Wanderlust Wayfarer is the perfect place to find out about luxury travel and trends on a shoestring budget. If you like a five-star experience, but you have a three-star budget, I have good news for you. There are plenty of ways to experience the world on a shoestring budget. And you can look good while doing it!

Each blog post features a new itinerary with the best ways to spend an amazing day—or more—in some of the most spectacular cities and towns across the globe. Each itinerary focuses on packing the most you can into your day. If you’re like me, you have limited time off from work each year, and you want to make the most of it. This means condensing a lot of action into a little bit of time. In addition, for the more frugal travelers, whenever possible I provide budget-friendly alternatives to more costly activities.

For fun extras, follow Wanderlust Wayfarer on your favorite social media platforms. My curated Pinterest boards and Twitter updates give you a broad range of ideas from across the web. Look for images of my latest adventures on Instagram, or join the conversation on Facebook.

But Wanderlust Wayfarer is about more than just sample itineraries. It’s about the best ways to find luxury travel opportunities at affordable rates. For everything from tips about how to plan the ultimate vacation to what to wear, Wanderlust Wayfarer has lots of great ideas and information. So if you’re looking for luxury travel on a shoestring budget, look no further. It’s all right here. For everything from river cruises to African safaris, I’ve got a lot of travel experience, and now I want to share the lessons I’ve learned with you.

I’m constantly looking for new inspiration or planning my next adventure. As a result, I’m always coming across cool ideas or hot deals. Through Wanderlust Wayfarer’s social media connections, I’ll be sharing them with you in real time. And I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on all of my adventures as they are happening!


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So much to do, so little time and only a shoestring budget to do it with

So you want to travel the world, but you’ve got a shoestring budget and only a few weeks off work each year? Me, too. Between a healthy mortgage, a menagerie of rescue pets, and a job I enjoy, I simply can’t commit to more than a week or two away at a time. But I’m desperate to travel. It’s just about all I think about, all the time. Well, travel and trends. I like to look good, too.

A few times each year, I love being as far away from home as possible in some place I’ve never been before, and I prefer to do it in the lap of luxury. Few things in life make me happier than visiting new places and learning about different cultures. But travel planning on a shoestring budget can be hard work, especially if you like luxury and don’t have a lot of spare time to look for the best deals.

My goal: go someplace that requires airplane travel at least once every three to four months. My challenge: I have a budget of less than $5,000 per year and only 4 weeks vacation time annually. Somehow, I’ve managed to make this work for me. In fact, I’ve dedicated every minute of my free time over the past decade to perfecting this pursuit. Now, I want to bring all of my tips and tricks to you.

I’m all about staying in five-star hotels at three-star prices, buying $300 dresses for $65, and seeing as much of the world as I can in as little time as possible. Sound good? Stick with me, and I’ll show you how to make it happen with your shoestring budget.

Meet Heather C. HudakHeather C. Hudak

Growing up, my parents made it a point to take me on an adventure each summer. We traveled throughout most of the United States and parts of Canada. As an only child, I would spend long days sprawled across the backseat of the car doing my best not to ask, “Are we there yet?” And I loved every minute of it.

In my early twenties, I decided to extend my travels beyond North America, and I’ve never looked back. Now, I’ve traveled to more than 50 countries throughout much of Europe, as well as parts of South America, Africa, and Asia. Sometimes I travel solo. Other times, I’m with my mom, husband, or BFF. No matter who I’m with, we always travel in style, and we always pack in as much as we can. I’m all about getting the most for my money.

Wanderlust Wayfarer is a culmination of my two loves: travel and writing. As a professional writer, editor, and marketer, I love sharing my experiences with the world. And my hope is that I can help others fulfill their wanderlust dreams.

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Contact us—we’d love to hear from you

Go ahead, and contact us. We’re always excited to get messages from our readers. Got a travel story you want to share? Have a tip about traveling on a shoestring budget? Maybe you have a question about a trip you’re dying to take. We love hearing about everything from wonders to woes, especially if we can help in some way.

Please feel free to get in touch with me at I make every effort to respond within 72 hours, unless I’m traveling the high seas where wifi is limited.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Work With Us

Work with us to reach your audience

Are you looking for a place were you can reach professional women who love to travel? Then look no further. Wanderlust Wayfarer is a travel and trends blog. We offer advice about how to get the most out of limited vacation days. We target women who like to lavish themselves while traveling. But they have a shoestring budget to do it with. They also enjoy staying on top of fashion trends.

Wanderlust Wayfarer is known for its jam-packed itineraries. We offer ideas about how to get the most out of only a day or two in a single destination. From traditional sights to off-the-beaten-path ideas, we have something for everyone. We also provide general travel tips and tricks. And we also offer advice about budget-friendly travel options.

Since launching in June 2016, our audience has grown quickly and steadily. Here’s what it looks like:

Twitter: 3,750+

Instagram: 2,050+

Pinterest: 1,250+

Facebook: 225+

Klout: 60

We’d love to talk about partnership opportunities, product reviews, advertorials, and more. To work with us, please contact