Back in 2016, a few of my friends and I decided that we were going to do some traveling together, two of us ended up booking our first trip to San Diego, California, where we’d then rent a car and drive up to Portland, Oregon.
I have decided to show you a little bit of where I’ve been, what it cost me and how I have tried to keep the costs down as much as possible.
I was able to book my flight to and from for free, only paying the $5.60 each way for airport fees. Our car was around $220 each because we upgraded to a Hybrid. We’ve decided it was probably a wash but it was nice not having to stop every few hundred miles to fill up again. We spent about $70 each on gas for a 1,900 mile trip.
A very sweet gal I met at my local CrossFit gym gave us some Friends and Family discounts to a hotel chain, so we spent about $200 for eight nights on hotels (it also helped, in a way, that we ended up staying at a place that apparently allows their tenants to party throughout the night OUTSIDE the next rooms door. So I disputed it with my credit card and got us a refund saving us some $$.)
Parking fees, in my mind, were the priciest expense we had to just park our car to then walk, I will probably never stop complaining about the parking fees- ha! They totaled around $100/person (this includes our parking fee for the airport.)
We decided before we flew out that we were going to pick up the rental, go find a Walmart and pick up sandwich supplies, fruits and snacks to help us to a) not eat out as much b) watch what we were eating as we were holding each other accountable to lose weight. We had already brought paper goods and other snacks in our luggage. Yes, we had an entire suitcase for food. I love food- can’t and won’t ever deny it.
Of course, we also had other purchases of tickets to see things that cost, like Alcatraz (a must see at night!)
All of these numbers are rough estimates, and I probably estimated high on some of them so altogether my 8 day trip cost me $600. That is all it took for me to catch the Traveler’s Bug.
After that, I asked my mom if she would like to go on a trip with me somewhere. We decided on a cruise starting out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Whaaaaaaaat! Let me just back up and say that I was adamant about never flying, never traveling anyway besides by car and that would mean I would never be crossing an ocean…. Well, fooled me!
This trip was a bit more costly but 110% worth it.
Our flights were a little over $700 each, our cruise expense was right around $750 each, but the cruise expense included all meals, shows, etc. If you wanted to purchase alcohol that was extra. Then, once you arrived at each port you had the expense of doing the excursions. I honestly didn’t write down everything that we paid for as a lot we paid for in cash. But I would say we probably spent $60 each at all 5 ports. We just had an interior room, people kept telling me how small and cramped it was going to be. I didn’t notice us being cramped at all. We were only in there to sleep and shower, the rest of the time we were out wandering. We also had plenty of room for our suitcases.
We also brought a suitcase just for snacks again :). My mom and I each brought a backpack that we packed our snorkel equipment (that we bought off of Amazon prior to sailing so we didn’t chance getting someone else’s germs from a shared snorkel. Gross!) towels, sunscreen (that we apparently did not use enough of,) and snacks to try and help us from eating out when at the ports. But let’s face it, once we tried that oh, so delicious Caribbean food there was not much eating of snacks that we’d brought.
I almost forgot! We arrived in Puerto Rico two days before we set sail. We didn’t stay at a hotel right off the beach so we took a taxi to one of the beaches, before being dropped off we asked will there be taxis to pick us up when we’re ready to head back? “Oh yes no problem!” Uhm… no, there wasn’t. we started walking, no cell phone service to try and pull up maps, nothing! So we started walking- had no idea if we were headed in the right direction though. We saw this lady stretching at a resting point along the way, so I asked her if she was from there, “yes”, Great! I said we don’t have cell phone service, we can’t find a taxi and we are completely lost! She was so very kind, she told us to wait right there she would go get her car around the block and take us to our hotel. We will forever be grateful to her, Suely. I have tried to find her on Facebook but have not had much luck.
We arrived back to our local, haha- okay so our ‘local’ airport is 3 hours away from where I live for those of you who do not know, airport around midnight; get to my car and the battery is dead. I left a light on…The airport parking people came and jumped the battery and back home we went, we arrived around 3am, for me to get up the next morning and head another 3 hours away from where I live.
This cruise, along with many others, is definitely on my list to do again. ❤
My next trip involved the city, New York City… Cities, they aren’t my favorite, but I still think they must be seen by all if you get the chance. I just got back from my most recent trip to New York City with my neighbor, who was also the one I did the road trip through California with. We were there for four days. We spent about $340 on our Air B’n’B, flight, Uber and Lyft rides, parking at the airport and some meals. Ever spend money on a stupid item? My stupid item this trip was $30 on a 2 pound bag of M&M’s… what? Who does that. Apparently I didn’t read the part about the price being per HALF pound.
We sight-seed Ground Zero Memorial, what a tribute to those who lost their lives, Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Central Park, we walked Brooklyn bridge, Times Square, you name it we probably walked to/by it. One of ‘Susan’s’ friends works at the Empire State Building so we got VIP access up to the 102nd floor!
Literally the evening we got home from our NYC trip, my parents and I booked our flight and car for our trip into Canada to see Niagara Falls. Our flights cost $210 each, the car rental $60 and we’ve already been able to book our hotel the night we get there and the night before we fly back costing us only $35 a piece. All thanks to a wonderful gal!
I may be frugal when it comes to trying to get my monthly expenses as low as I can get them but it’s because I want to be able to continue to afford seeing the beautiful places on earth. This is the first time I have ever figured up what I have spent so far on traveling this year so if I just stop writing it’s because I had a mini heart attack. Here we go! Ok. Honestly, I’m good with this number (again it’s an estimate) $3,000. This amount is from my road trip through California to the booking of the flight, car and 2 nights of hotels for my upcoming Canada trip. I’ve traveled approximately 16,200 miles since January 1, 2017.