7 Ways to Take A Budget-Friendly Summer Excursion
It doesn’t matter if you get a break from school or you find yourself working a full-time job, summertime always brings out the wanderlust in all of us. The good weather and carefree vibes make you want to jump in your car and head straight to the nearest airport. It also doesn’t prevent FOMO when you can see all of your friends’ adventures on Instagram. The cost of travel can be daunting, but it is possible to travel on a budget. Here are some great ways to satisfy your need for an escape without draining your bank account.
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The easiest and probably the most looked over option to getaway on a budget. I’m guilty of this, living in a suburb of New York City. I often fail to see what an easy excursion a daycation in the city can be. Whether you live in a small town or under the shadow of a big city, take a day to explore the sights that you may otherwise look over–touristy stuff included!
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Lend a Hand
Volunteering abroad is one of the cheapest and most rewarding ways to expand your horizons through immersing yourself in a new culture. This might take a little more time to plan, but helping others will enrich your travel experience. There are volunteer programs for everyone from helping in animal sanctuaries around the world to assisting a family farm in the UK.
I had the privilege of teaching English in Italy for two summers my freshman and sophomore years of college, and was able to experience the best of the Italian culture. Not only was I able to stay in a less popular area of Northern Italy, but I saw Italy through the eyes of my Italian coworkers and the children I taught. Most programs only require you to cover the cost of your out-of-country travel, and may even pay a stipend in exchange for teaching English.
Don’t just settle for the first flight or hotel deal that you land on. Shopping around will save you money, as will booking on certain days. Wednesdays are considered the best days to book a flight, and you’ll want to book 6-8 weeks out for a domestic flight and 8-10 weeks for international. Try flying out of airports that support budget airlines, even if it means that you have to spend a little more getting to said airport. For example: I flew from my hometown to JFK in order to catch a flight to Italy where I could fly a budget airline and ended up saving over $1,000.
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If you have a friend living in or nearby a destination you want to visit, ask if they’ll play host for a couple of nights. Be gracious and be sure to return the favor. The second best option is to use Airbnb, which I almost solely use now when I stay anywhere overnight. I love the added authenticity of staying in someone’s home when I visit a new city.
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Don’t eat out for every meal on your trip, seriously. It’s so easy to blow your budget when you’re racking up even $10 every time you pop into a local food joint. Plan for the must-trys and then hit up a grocery store before or after you get to your destination. Side note: don’t be like me and turn this into a Whole Foods in every city game. Completely defeats the purpose no matter how grand it may sound.
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Have a Plan and Then Forget It
I love a spontaneous road trip. Absolutely love it. However, completely flying by the seat of your pants can get expensive, especially if you don’t shop around for the best price and simply go for the first thing you see. This goes for anything from parking in the city to flying out of the country. Even knowing a sample of potential restaurants or activities can save you money as opposed to picking the first and most likely expensive thing you find.