Last week my best friend Rachel came to visit us. She was on spring break (she’s a Chicago Public School teacher) and decided to take a visit to NYC & D.C. for her vacation. Typically, when people come to visit a popular place, they want to do all of the popular tourist things. In the case of NYC, that would be Times Square, Rockafeller Center, and of course, Central Park. Since NYC is such a destination hub, I have evidently done these touristy things multiple times so far this year…and obviously, I’m a little sick of it. So when Rachel’s visit came around, I asked her if we could avoid as much tourist stuff as possible.
Although right now we’re a bit broke, I have to admit that I have been fortunate throughout my life to travel quite a bit. My amazing parents have taken me to different corners of the world – from Paris, Florence, Munich, the Swiss Alps, and more. We traveled the west-coast taking a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco, hiked the Grand Teton mountains, and have probably scaled the entire east coast. In my years of travel experience, I have picked up a few tricks along the way…ESPECIALLY when it comes to packing. Hope you don’t mind if I gloat, but I have that weekend-in-a-backpack routine down pretty good.
It may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s actually possible to save money while on vacation. How? It’s simple, spend less. That could seem impossible, but if there’s anything Oliver & I recently learned when it comes to traveling, spending lots of money doesn’t actually render a better time spent on vacation. We found that staying away from the tourist traps and exploring the hidden gems is actually way more worthwhile, and gives you an even more honest depiction of the culture coming from that particular area. Plus, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much your stress level decreases when following these money tips. Here’s a few from us: