Meet Chari, the travel budget strategist who tells you how to travel affordably to your dream destination

Courtesy of Chari Chin-Young Caston

I’m Chari Chin-Young Caston, budget travel strategist. Growing up in New York and being raised by an island mother (*** bullet, bullet, big ups to Jamaica), budgeting was necessary, especially with 11 sisters. After my father died, my mother became a single mother who had to make ends meet. I watched my mom raise her teacher’s salary to put food on the table while making sure we had a family vacation. She was a superhero in my eyes. She taught me that budgeting is the key to getting everything you want in life.

After graduating from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Counseling and Psychology, I fell in love with travel. I remember having a deep desire to travel but feeling defeated because I didn’t think I could afford it. However, in college, I didn’t let the price stop me from achieving my goal of traveling the world. With $200 in my ramen noodle account in my closet, I created my first budget travel strategy and raised, earned, and saved $10,000 for my first overseas trip to Paris. I knew I could conquer the world by traveling with proper technique.

My high school sweetheart, now husband, reignited the travel bug in me. He had this crazy idea of ​​backpacking the world knowing we were struggling college grads. I had no idea where to start. But I just knew it was possible. Then bam, the birth of my non-profit organization, World Peace Connection was born. Our goal was to travel the world with a purpose. That’s why we launched, Connection for World Peacea social enterprise that connects changemakers to a deeper part of themselves and the community around them.

Our goal was to provide self-development workshops to the community through storytelling techniques drawn from stories told around the world. As we travel, we interview locals and travellers, asking them the question: “What inspires you the most in life?” “. Thanks to a budget strategy, we were able to travel to more than 50 cities around the world and interview more than 500 people.