School had been out for a week and a half, and nothing screams summer more than “getting out of Dodge” For around $200 I spent 5 nights in Boston. I took a tiny backpack and a purse and went on my way.
Southwest Airlines is pretty good about customer service. About a year ago, I took a flight somewhere and with delays connection issues, they asked if anyone was willing to give up their seat for a later flight. I had time so I gave up my seat. My 45 minute layover turned to a 4 hour layover and I had a voucher for $100 .
Saving #1: my flight cost me $30 round trip because of that voucher.
A wise friend told me that it is best to see the world through the eyes of locals. That way you really get to experience a place. Couch surf and you will always have a tour guide (or very good directions to local places of interest)
Saving #2: I stayed the first two nights with this wise friend, and the later three at the house of my guru and her partner. I am so thankful for these women and their hospitality, and I would host them at my house any time.
How many free things can you find to do in one place?
Saving #3: A lot, if you are willing to figure them out. Here’s a few things that I did.
- I went to a free drama performance at the public library, and then explored the library. It was beautiful.
- We walked the Freedom Trail
- I hung out in the Boston Common-there were some poetry readings happening when I was there.
- I explored Harvard Square
- We went hiking outside of the city and on Cape Cod. (Blue Hill Reservation and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary)
My trip was a blast. I loved being in a city with solid public transportation. I enjoyed seeing places that I didn’t appreciate as well when I first went to Boston in Middle School. Lastly, I got to spend some time with people that I know from four or five very different moments in my life. It was cool to see these different worlds collide. Many of those worlds collided around a concert at Club Passim, which is a great concert venue for folk music. Funny thing…music pulled it all together!
This is what I packed (I’m just really proud of how little I took with me.)
- My favorite purse that reminds me of Hermionie’s never ending bag from the last of the Harry Potter series because of it’s large capacity for _ _ _ _ and useful things.
- wallet, reusable grocery bag, small tablet, phone, charging brick, earbuds, moleskine journal, pens (in a little plastic baggie so they don’t explode…)
- Dora the Explorer Backpack-or small backpack from IKEA
- medium packing cube: 3 dresses, 1 pair of leggings, and 2 shirts, very very thin raincoat
- small packing cube: ample underwear and 2 bras, 1 pair of shorts
- carnival cosmetic case (shout out to my cousins, creators of the Blush Label, for something I don’t travel anywhere without)
- personal first aid kit (you never know what you’ll need and when!)
- super comfy flats
- tablet charger/phone charger went in the front pocket of the backpack
- water bottle