First thing first, prepare. Prepare for the worst. Prepare to sleep in tents, hostels or even hammocks.
Prepare to eat off the dollar menu at McDonalds.
Prepare to walk for hours, or hitch a ride.
Be openminded. Get out of your daily demands. Get out of your comfort zone.
Then, Plan….just a bit. There are just 2 things to keep in mind while planning your trip.
- Where you want to go
- 3 things you want to do there (you can always do more than 3 activities if you have the funds)
- SPIRIT- You can get a round trip ticket for under $100! (Make sure to click on DEALS on the top left corner of the website) http://www.spirit.com/Default.aspx
- SOUTHWEST- Look under “Want to Get Away” prices. Their nonrefundable tickets but very inexpensive. https://www.southwest.com
*TRY http://www.airfarewatchdog.com to compare and find the BEST deals
TIP: Tickets are cheap if you travel on Tuesday and Wednesday!
THINGS TO DO:
- Take out the list of 3 things you wanted to do and research if their free or accept student discounts
- Look up activities (skydiving, snorkeling, horse riding) on Groupon or Living Social. These websites provide a discounted rate/ coupons when bought online. https://www.groupon.com, https://www.livingsocial.com
- If you or your family have services like AAA, you may get discounts on activities (AAA offers discounts on Six Flags tickets and much more)
PLACES TO STAY:
- Why stay in a hotel when you can get a motel for under $50? (AAA has discounts for hotels/motels)
- If you or your family has air miles, use that for hotels
- Look into hostels. You share a room with 2 or more other travelers.
- Camp out in a tent
- If all else fails, zip into your hammock for the night
- Try https://www.couchsurfing.com for places to stay
- Groupon/Living Social also have discounted rates for hotels
THINGS TO EAT:
Local food is always less expensive than eating at tourist restaurants. Try a local diner or a cafe.
- Carry a few meal replacement bars
- Drink lots of water
- Don’t be afraid to try street food (their inexpensive)
- Budget your money on plane tickets and hotels and BLOW your money on adventures and FOOD 🙂