Let’s face it, being broke is tough. The constant budgeting, the ever-present “eenie meenie miney moe” over which bill to pay, and don’t get started on the Ramen noodles.
No matter how many flavors they make, they always get old.
There’s the tomato sandwiches and the hot dogs wrapped in sliced-bread buns, and if you ever get the chance to splurge, that splurge usually consists of purchasing the cheapest sliced cheese possible to put on your double-slice-of-tomato sandwich.
Even broke people need a break from their lives. I mean, they don’t like constantly focusing on the fact that they’re broke!
So, in honor of everyone who needs a vacation, whether you’re frugal or struggling to get by, here are some places you can vacation to that require very little money.
And that includes how to get there.
1. Washington, D.C.
Minus the fact that all of the major attractions are free to the public, their public transportation system is on point. Plus, if you know where to look, eating in D.C. is cheaper than many believe.
2. Port Aransas, Texas
Not only does Port Aransas house some of the best stretches of American ocean, it also houses some of the best beachfront and minute-walk beach deals in this part of the country. Some hotels and cabins have below $80/per night off-season prices you can book right at the beginning and on the tail-end of summer. This way, you can get a tan, lounge on the beach, never need a car, and pay rock-bottom prices to do it.
3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s hot. But, it’s a dry heat, so hear me out: the hot temperatures have a tendency to keep people away, which means you can capitalize on the awesome deals that run rampant during the day. While the average hotel rate is $79/night, Albuquerque boasts of a few hostels that give those hotels a run for their money. And, many of those hostels are right smack in the middle of Albuquerque’s nightlife extravaganza. The best part? Much of that nightlight doesn’t require a cover charge.
4. Yellowstone National Park
Pay one entrance fee, and you have access to everything from miles of beautiful hiking to the belching beauties known as bubbling mud holes. Experience spewing geysers, awe-inspiring colors of the Yellowstone Lake sunsets, and even visit Old Faithful herself.
And if lodging is an issue, there are a few hostels that reside just outside of the park, with some even providing transportation up to the park entrance gates.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
Oh, god yes. The city built on the backbones of music: jazz, blues, zydeco… the list goes on. The music blares towards the streets from bars and corners and floods into the colorful streets as people, both tourist and native, walk and enjoy the ambiance. Experiencing the rich history and strength this city has to offer is free, and the public transportation system has bounced back from the natural disasters this area has seen over the past decade. And don’t get me started on the sheer affordability of the hostels in the area.
“Being broke” does not have to be synonymous with “going nowhere.” It doesn’t even have to be synonymous with “not indulging.” The stereotypical life that “being broke” forces many into is just a standard of living so that others can deem you “appropriate” enough to be broke.
Appropriate enough? My bank account speaks for itself.
But, that doesn’t mean your bank account has to hold you back from indulging in life’s pleasures.
Being broke doesn’t mean you don’t get to experience something that makes you feel normal.
Being broke doesn’t mean you’re not human.
So, go ahead. Book that vacation to get away from your monetary stresses.
You’re going to feel better once you do. I guarantee it.
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