Satisfying Your Wanderlust on a Budget

It’s a safe assumption to say that most people would like to be able to travel more often, which, is no easy feat for us 20-somethings. With bills to pay and student loan debts to pay off, who has time or the means to take a trip? If you’re looking to get a cheap getaway, here are some ideas to get you going:

Stay In Touch

Whether its a friend who moved away in high school or your Aunt Jill from Arizona, keeping in touch with people is a great way to stay somewhere for free. I’m not saying tke advantage of this person, I’m saying that if you want to liven up your relationship and also see other parts of the world, the key may be to keep in touch with people and pay them a visit once and a while. This also doesn’t mean that you have to spend every waking moment with this person, they’ll understand if you want to go off and explore on your own — they’ll probably appreciate the alone time as well. A word of caution: it’s very easy to overstay your welcome. As a basic rule of ettiquette, be weary of how long you plan on staying (I’d say 3 days max., but, it depends on how well you know the person) and NEVER show up on their doorstep empty handed. When in doubt, wine it out.

Chattanooga, TN (October, 2015)
Chattanooga, TN (October, 2015)


People are literally renting out their homes for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room per night, if you need somewhere to stay in a place where you don’t know anyone else. You can literally stay on a private island for $122 a night (WILD). Also, splitting this cost with another person would benefit you as well.


Road Trip

Gas prices are at an all time low as of late — time to take advantage. The time is nigh for a roadtrip, so, just taking a day out of your weekend and driving somewhere (relatively) close to you would be an excellent chance to get away from your regular weekend. How many time can you go to the same bar and sleep the next day until 3pm? Life is short, mix it up. Your favorite bar will still be there when you get back.

Old picture of me in Savannah -- but I go there a lot since my parents live near there.
Old picture of me in Savannah — but I go there a lot since my parents live near there.


If you’re not keen on driving, or if where you want to go isn’t in a driveable distance, you may want to fly. But, aren’t plane tickets expensive? Yes and no, generally, JetBlue will have the cheapest flights, and, the earlier you purchase, the less expensive it will be. Also, if you check Tuesday afternoons, that’s when a flight will be the cheapest.

Orlando, FL (Winter Break 2015)
Orlando, FL (December, 2015)

Other Transportation

I would say the cheapest option for travelling would be via bus, although, don’t plan any long trips via bus. I can tell you, from experience, the 15-hour bus ride from Prague to Belgrade was NOT a good time. However, the price was right for me at the time (~$72 for a round trip). For an overnight trip (which is what I should’ve done) you can go by train and sleep in your car. And yes, trains still do exist — even in America! Also remember that it’s possible to be a tourist in your own city, take a day to do things you’ve never done before!

Del Ray Beach, FL
Del Ray Beach, FL (March 2015)

Oh, the places you’ll go! The most important aspect of this is saving money, you’ll have to set aside some funds (and maybe a couple nights at the bars) if you really want to get your travel on. All I have to say is, life is too short to let these opportunities pass us by. We’ll always have time to make more money, or to watch that TV show — you can’t let life slip away from you.



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