Written by

Elona Karafin had cancer when she was a 10. She underwent treatment for 2 years and came out victorious. Ever since then, she has developed a ‘Let Nothing Stop You’ attitude and it reflects in the number of places she has traveled. 

Working full time in a large eCommerce company in New York, Elona is a ‘professional vacationer’ and a manager of time. (cool self-title right?) She regularly takes international weekend holidays every few weeks and they are luxurious yet inexpensive. So how does she do it?

Get busy living or Get busy dying

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:51am PST


Looking To Book An International Holiday?

Book memorable holidays on TravelTriangle with 650+ verified travel agents for 65+ domestic and international destinations.


To completing 19 countries!


A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Nov 22, 2016 at 4:58am PST

Safety Tips For Female Solo Travelers: Planning Well & Staying Alert Is The Mantra

Well, the first thing that she is sorted on is her attitude. Elona at a very young age learnt that the only thing stopping you from doing what you want is YOU yourself! And once you overcome this barrier, happiness starts to come in.

Her international weekend escapades usually cost under $1000 and include her stays, tickets, sightseeing, and everything else.

Ritz Carlton, Florida: Weekend full of happiness!

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:06am PST

From Paris with love


A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Nov 13, 2016 at 9:53am PST

Suggested Read

Mother Uses Her Maternity Leaves To Travel With Her Baby & The Outcome Is Awww-dorable!

Unlike a regular traveler, she does not compromise on her stays and instead focuses on optimizing her travels through careful planning!

After all, luxury travel on a budget calls for it!

Disney World, Florida: Living life to the fullest, one weekend at a time!

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Sep 10, 2016 at 10:40am PDT

St. Thomas US Virgin Islands: Into the blue


A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:32am PDT

Planning your holiday but confused about where to go? These travel stories help you find your best trip ever!

Real travel stories. Real stays. Handy tips to help you make the right choice.

Amsterdam Central: Always exploring

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Aug 2, 2016 at 4:56am PDT

This Solo Traveler Found A Genius Way To Tell His Mother He Was Okay And We Can’t Stop Laughing! Making the most of her youth, Elona when not on an international getaway is usually found touring the states of America typically on a weekend ie. Friday to Sunday or a Monday. Her blog, ‘Elona, The Explorer’ is regularly updated with her travel stories and looking at the breathtaking photos, one can easily mistake her as a super luxurious traveler even though she manages it all on a budget.

Israel, Jerusalem: Reveling in the charm of the old city


A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Jun 21, 2016 at 6:25am PDT

Ubud, Bali: Involved in some monkey business

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Mar 25, 2016 at 5:08am PDT

Kuta Beach, Bali: In company of Lord Ganesha


A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Mar 20, 2016 at 7:12am PDT

 Avneet’s Incredible Solo Trip To Spiti Valley: Tale Of The Mountains From The Eyes Of A Traveler

Not wealthy but financially independent, Elona has same number of hours as everyone else and yet she manages to follow her passion to travel!

It is incredible to look at the amount of international trips she has managed in such a short time and some of them are no less than a feat!

Let’s have a look

  • A 3 day trip to Bali – where she was on a flight for 26 hours and could not even spend 4 full days there. But hey, the tropical vibe was worth it.
  • Doing and making the most of Dubai in 4 days! (wicked fast!)
  • Visited Poland for 8 hours, surprised her friend on her birthday, flew back the next day! (Now those are some serious friendship goals!)
  • Done and dusted Amsterdam in 2 days! “There’s a whole list of things you can get done in two days”.
  • Additionally, Elona also runs her own charity called CheckMateCancer.org that used social media and crowdfunding to raise money for underprivileged children suffering from cancer. She has so far raised more than $115,000 dollars. (Can you believe that?!)

Cannes, France: The high life!

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on May 22, 2016 at 12:11pm PDT

Bali: Tropical delights on a weekend


A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Mar 21, 2016 at 5:52pm PDT

Al Ain, UAE: Creatures of the desert!

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Nov 12, 2015 at 11:26am PST

So how does she do it? (Travel Tips)

A successful traveler, professional and a philanthropist, she shares her top travel tips with us –

      • Turn off cookies in your browser when making plans on travel websites – This way travel websites cannot track your past searches and cannot manipulate you to show you the same fares as last time.



    • Be open to visit all places – “I use websites that allow me to put ‘everywhere’ as a destination, and New York as my origin,” This allows her to go wherever she is getting the best deal.



    • Always research before you travel for it saves a hell lot of money – “Can I find a cheaper flight? Can I book flight and hotel separately? I visit many blogs for tips and message the blogger with questions.



    • Create a budget in advance and then plan accordingly – Research prices on everything from food to tours before my trips. I set up an Excel spreadsheet with the latter prices to help me understand my budget.”



    • Optimize your life for travel – Apart from saving money on travel, optimize your life in such a way that you save more in daily life! For example, she puts a part of her income in a high yielding account and buys wine not from retail but from quarterly auctions. Little things matter much!



    • Be serious about your work. Genuinely! That ways when you ask for some time off for holidays, it won’t be frowned upon for you are a dedicated professional looking to expand their experience thorough travel.



Andriyivskyy Descent, Ukraine: Lost and happy in the streets of Ukraine


A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Sep 28, 2016 at 4:45am PDT

A photo posted by Elona Karafin (@elonachka) on Jun 8, 2016 at 5:20am PDT

 It Took Him Only 120 Cans Of Beer To Travel From Edinburgh To India And We Are Talking 7600 Km!

In the end, travelers like Elona quite impressively prove that taking exotic international weekend getaways are quite possible even when working full time.

Because if the money you’re spending is not spent on your passion and yourself, then it is not worth it!

Looking To Book A Holiday Package?

Book memorable holidays on TravelTriangle with 650+ verified travel agents for 65+ domestic and international destinations.

Category: News, Travelogues, Weekend Getaways, Worldwide

Best Places To Visit In India By Month

Best Places To Visit Outside India By Month