Chlo & sus here! We are the hosts of this traveling webseries, Sus & Chlo on the Go, providing you with affordable experiences across America. Who says funding travel needs to be boring? It’s that if you do your study, then a little cash can go a long way if we have learned anything. So here are 10 hints for how to receive the best bang for your buck as you journey.
Where to Sleep — locating a place to sleep for the night to the cheap could be tricky but not impossible.
1. If you’re fortunate enough to have family or friends to crash with, take action! Just make sure to be an houseguest. Come with a present! It doesn’t need to be anything extravagant, only a little way to say,”I appreciate you allowing me to invade your space.” Is to pick up snacks and a bottle of wine and cook up a tasty meal on your own hosts. In case your cooking is questionable… possibly just adhere with the wine. Oh, and do not neglect to leave/send a thank you card in the end of your stay- a simple”thank you” goes a long way.
2. Attempt AirBNB! It’s a safe website where their space is rented out by locals in a nightly or weekly pace. These areas can vary in a bare room in a person’s apartment to an entire house –or perhaps even a boat! The individuals who rent are a wonderful source for keeping you apart from tourist traps and finding neighborhood gems. Another plus of leasing an apartment/house is getting the option to remain in and cook some meals, as eating out for every meal can really add up. It’s also been a lifesaver for us because hotels are tough to find, if we travel with our pet, Zaxby and paying pet fees is no fun.
3. If you would feel more comfortable in a hotel, make sure you read testimonials. We love to check testimonials of a hotel on a websites so we are not fooled by biased testimonials. Our favorite review websites for hotels are Trip Advisor along with hotels.com. Before you book, check out the hotel’s website to determine whether they have any specific booking offers. Often a number of the major chain hotels have prices (ie. Book two nights and get the third night free.) Taking the additional few minutes to test can save you the big bucks! If you’re looking for a pet-friendly place to stay, we have discovered that La Quintas are screened without a additional charge!
What to Eat— Food is this a huge part of exploring the culture of a brand new location – do not be afraid to try something new or different.
4. Request search or around the internet to learn whether there are any regional staples that you must try. If you’re in Miami, then you need to have a really good sandwich. In Wisconsin, you’ve got to try cheese curds. San Francisco? Clam chowder. You get the idea!
5. Head to a regional farmers market. Filled with free samples and local stores, they’re the perfect place to stock up on snacks such as a picnic (another excellent money saving option) and often a fantastic place to discover presents to relish!
What things to perform — Our favorite part of each trip is finding out all of the cool things a destination offers in terms of”to dos.”
6. Trip Advisor not only can assist you in finding a place to stay, but each location has a list of items to do based on reviews from travelers just like you! Reading reviews on the major tourist attractions will be able to help you determine which ones to jump and which attractions to visit!
7. Many cities have a Parks and Recreation department and they often have tons of free events like outdoor concerts, theater, and exercise classes. Additionally, parks are filled with locals for suggestions and have a tendency to be a great spot to people watch.
8. Release your inner hipster and pick up the free, local newspaper. These can be a wonderful source, highlighting all of the events going on around the city including plays, concerts, art excursions, book signings, and street festivals.
9. Take a Course! Ask around and find an activity that’s particular to the area- like a pottery lesson in Taos or a beer class in Portland. You’ll wind up using a experience that is special and could go home!
10. Give yourself permission to play and explore. Itineraries are great but the best experiences happen when you’re open to other choices. No matter where you travel or whatever you do, how much you make out of it is your choice!
Geared towards the cash-conscious explorer, Sus & Chlo on the Go is a Traveling webseries co-hosted from Susannah McLeod and Chloe Thorsbakken.
For episodes and more details, see www.susandchloonthego.com.