Live Like a Gypsy Jetsetter on a Budget

pic_1795_1353519449You love traveling, experiencing different cultures, trying new foods and enjoying the finer things in life, but apparently your bank account didn’t get the memo. I understand.  Living the gyp-set lifestyle on a beer budget isn’t as hard as you might think.  Whether you want to live like jetsetter or just look like you do, there are ways to have a gypsy lifestyle with just a little bit of money and a lot of ingenuity. Here are 8 ways to live the gyp-set lifestyle on a budget.

1. Channel Your Inner Gypsy

Once I picked up Gypset Style, I was fascinated with the boho chic lifestyle.  It turns out, there’s a whole culture of traveling bohemians inspired by this same general passion; a modern take on the 70s hippie.  Search around the blogosphere to find your gypset muse.  Here are a few additional books to check out for inspiration: Gypset Travel, In the Spirit of Capri,,

2. Travel Like a Pro

So you don’t have a close friend or relative with a private jet… so few of us do.  Actually, this is rarely how gyp-setters get around.  In fact, much of the appeal of this lifestyle is in finding inexpensive ways to get around. You’ll be happy to learn that traveling by plane doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have the time and bandwidth from your job, there are some excellent resources for traveling to other parts of the country (and world) for less.  JetBlue, for example, offers a special every year — last year it was called the BluePass– in which they offer unlimited flights out of key airports (most of the time Long Beach is one of them) to any city in the country that they fly to.  Another great resource for finding cheap airfare is AirWatchDog. Sign up for their fare alerts, it’s one of the best!



3. Dress the Part

Ok, your travel budget is non-existent, not to worry, you can still look like a gypsy jetsetter. Think: worldly chic.  Gyp-setters pay less attention to trends, and are more concerned with taking a unique piece and making it relevant.  If this is a new concept for you, start slow.  Choose a piece like this tribal bucketbag from Cost Plus World Market or these silky floral shorts from ASOS — an embellished headpiece is also a great option for trying the trend out.  Try pairing it with a plain, flow-y white frock, or a neutral color cable knit sweater and skinny jeans.  It’ll put the focus on the piece and still give you the desired outcome.

4. Make Your Room a Gypsy Den

Your home is one of the most effective ways to make you feel (and look) like a gypsy jetsetter.  Think patchwork prints, worldly knick-knacks, beach-shack chic, and mismatched furniture.  Hang tulle ad material over your bed for a romantic  canopy effect.

5.  Eat Like a Tourist

If you find yourself frequenting the same restaurants and perpetually ordering the same thing, it is time to cut the chord.  Virtually everywhere, there are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, and if you’re going to tout yourself as an honorary gyp, you’re going to have to get over your intolerant tummy. If you’ve been waiting to try that little Indian place on the corner, now’s the time. Ask around, or do a Yelp search for ethnic food in your area, and rope in a few friends for a night of new experiences.  The more you get out of your comfort zone, the better the experience!

6. Attend a Music Festival Near Home

From Coachella to Bonnaroo, young bon-vivants flock to the all-day weekend-long music festivals like moths to a flame.  In addition to the musical feast, this is one of the best places to be inspired by boho style.  Cut-off shorts, cropped tops, floppy hats… attendees have a distinct gypsy-inspired style that you just don’t get anywhere else.



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