Backyard Traveling

If you’re like me, then you enjoy traveling and would love to see the world.  But if you’re like me, then you’re also a college student on a tight budget.  I would love to be able to pack up and take a vacation at least once a year, but on my budget, I’d be grateful to take a vacation anytime.

Recently, I was able to travel to New York City on my college student budget (it sounds impossible, but it can be done).  Accomplishing this made me realize that it is possible to travel while on a budget if you take the right steps (such as budgeting, decreasing expenditures, sacrificing unnecessary purchases, and more).  However, I also realized that it would be quite a while before my next trip as I must allow my bank account time to recuperate.

However, just because one does not have the finances to travel to New York, Paris, Rome or Tokyo does not mean that travel is impossible.  You have plenty of opportunities to travel: at home!

Sometimes, after a long week of working, the best thing you can do is take a day trip on the weekend and explore places you’ve never been to before.  For me, I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life (21 years) and there are plenty of places within a comfortable driving distance that I have never seen and things that I have never done.  A desire to travel and the boredom that recent weekends have brought me have stirred up a desire to spend my weekends doing activities throughout my city, county, and region.  Just a few of my intended destinations would be:

  • Santa Barbara
  • The GettyMuseum
  • The Getty Villa
  • The Hammer Museum
  • Malibu
  • Little Tokyo
  • Silver Lake
  • O.C. Beaches

Backyard traveling, as I call it, doesn’t have to be anything fancy or glamorous.  It just has to be fun!  What are some weekend trips that you’ve taken?

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