Although the title may lead you to believe that this post if about leaving your friends and family behind when you travel that is not the case. In fact, I encourage everyone to travel with friends or family members if they get a chance. This post is more about your friends and family helping you make your travel dreams come true.
As you know I have been going on and on about my upcoming trip to Boston, MA. This trip was only made possible by one of my good friends who lives in the area. We have been friends for years and he moved to the East Coast about 6 years ago. Since then, we have been discussing the fact that I should come to visit at some point. Between our hectic college schedules and limited funds we couldn’t seem to make it happen until now. He has settled into his career, and I have finally learned how to save a bit of money – although not enough money for a hotel in Boston for a week. He has been generous enough to allow my girlfriend and I to stay with him in his apartment for the week we are there. This makes the entire trip affordable and will undoubtedly make it more enjoyable. Free lodging and quality time with an old friend can make spring break enjoyable anywhere you go!
Another prime example is a potential trip I have coming up. I have an uncle who does a fair amount of traveling for work. Of course, his expenses are paid by the company he works for, and because he oftens spends weeks abroad at a time the company has a rental apartment for him in his usual destinations. One of these places is Singapore. This has provided me with an opportunity to experience an entirely new culture if I’m willing to spend some cash. Singapore is a place with an incredible history and diversity which intrigues me deeply. My plane ticket could be completely covered by my uncle’s seemingly endless frequent flyer miles (extremely generous offer from him) and I would have a place to stay. I would only need to pay for my food and general living expenses while I am there. I see no reason to pass up this opportunity so stay tuned for further developments.
I present these little snippets above to encourage fellow budget-minded travelers to talk to friends and family about dropping in on them for a few days. I’m not recommending that you ring them up and say you’re coming to crash on their couch next week, but a simple e-mail mentioning that you’d like to see their city/state/area might bring an offer. More than likely they will be glad to have you, and you will have a satisfying and budget friendly vacation.
Hopefully this can help some of you to explore new ideas as to how you travel. And hopefully those ideas will turn into incredible new experiences!