Happy Memorial Day (weekend)! In memory to all those who have served and passed! And, as always, thanks to our current vets and those in active duty! I hope you all enjoy your long weekend! I’m taking a 4-5 hour drive up north to visit my best friend for the weekend. We’re celebrating our 28th birthday two weeks early (yes, we have the same birthday)! I was told there would be ice cream cake!
Do you have any plans for the weekend?
I miss my family back in the Midwest. It feels like it’s been years since I’ve seen them. I try to visit them once a year, usually in the summer, to spend more time with my nieces and my mom usually throws one of my younger cousins a fun family birthday party.
Last year I went for two weeks. I flew in to Milwaukee and rented a car, drove to Upper Michigan with my nieces and then back down to Milwaukee. The car rental alone was about $1425, almost half of that amount went towards paying for insurance. I didn’t know at the time that my new credit card had rental insurance coverage. I had some help with paying for the plane tickets and gas, but still, that’s a lot of money, and I’m still paying some of it off (interest just kicked in).
Because of the price of last years’ trip, I’ve been teetering back and forth between actually going out there this summer. I really want to go but I can’t really afford it and am wary about growing my credit card debt. I currently only have $173 to put towards the trip. I’ve got two more months to save but considering my income is very minimal with no job, there probably won’t be much there.
I will likely spend many hours the next few weeks trying to find the absolute cheapest way to get from Virginia to Wisconsin then to Upper Michigan and back.
Do you have any tips to save money on travel expenses?
I’ve heard that Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly, so I’m looking at leaving Wednesday July 17th and returning either Wednesday July 31st or August 7th. However, I’m not completely opposed to traveling by bus or train, as long as I can save a significant amount of money (unless it would take more than two days to get out there).
I’ve also heard that Tuesdays are the best days to purchase tickets. I once made the mistake of purchasing Greyhound tickets one day only to discover that they were almost half the cost the next day, and I couldn’t get a refund so I’m kind of boycotting Greyhound.
I would love to hear from my readers who have any tips to help plan the cheapest possible trip! Thank you in advance and I hope you have a great weekend!