Day 2849 – How To Travel To St. Petersburg, Florida For Under $140 – or – Travel Secret – Visit Your Friends

I want to give a huge shout out to my friend Mara Glazer. She put up with me for four days, and showed me around the amazing St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. She got me some food, picked me up and dropped me off at the airport, and drove me around. What I love about having business owner friends is that we can both work and not feel like we’re ignoring the other person. If you’re a business owner, make sure you surround yourself with other business owners!

I had a realization while I was in Florida that there is a travel hack I don’t think about that much, it’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to travel so much for so little – visiting friends and family. I’m sure you can think of people in your life who live in other parts of the country. Maybe they’ve moved for work, or to be with their spouse. I’m sure they miss seeing you and would love to have a visitor. I lucked out in that my friend lives in a truly beautiful place. I could not stop commenting at how clear the water was (funny enough, at Clearwater Beach). The sand was so smooth.

So if you think you can’t afford to travel, think about your friends in other places, would they like a visitor? Can you sleep on their floor?

Now, without further ado, here are my actual numbers from my trip to Florida.

A few notes – Mara bought some food for me, did all of the driving, and didn’t charge me to sleep in her guest room. I used Southwest miles, which means I had to spend money to earn the miles. But we use our Southwest card like cash – paying things off each month. I used my Dunkin Donuts app to buy my coffee at the airport. There was a special of $1.49 any size coffee if you use the app.

Plane ticket fee after miles – $11.20
Snacks and toiletries – $14.68
Dunkin coffee at airport – $1.58
Meal with Mara – $55.09
Magnet souvenir – $4.27
Shirt and magnet souvenir – $18.17
More food and beach snacks – $8.43
Parking for the beach – $13.50
Lemonade on the beach – $2.70
Snacks for the plane – $8.88
Drink before flight – $1.49
Total spent – $139.99

The biggest lesson I learned is that travel with friends is the best way to travel. You can share costs, and really, it’s the best kind of travel.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip!

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Day 2844 – Taking My Own Advice – Traveling To Florida

I spend a lot of time talking about travel here. I encourage others to travel. I’m writing a book on how you can take a cross country road trip on any budget (see below for the link – Jennilyn from the future). If you say ANYTHING about travel, I will encourage you to go, even if it takes a few years to save up or if you take a smaller trip.

Today, I am taking my own advice. A great friend of mine is currently living in Florida. I decided to cash in some miles and go see her for a few days. I will put together a post after the trip to let you know how much I spent. But here’s my current total.

Round trip plane ticket from Baltimore to Tampa – $11.20.
Snacks purchased before trip – ~ $10-15.
Coffee at airport, thanks to my Dunkin app – $1.49
Accommodations – $0.00.
Running total – $27.69

I am still in shock that I haven’t taken a trip yet, just for fun. I can’t wait to visit my friend and explore Florida. I’m so thankful for work that allows me to work anywhere, and is flexible.

So friends, what trips are you putting off? What advice are you giving to other people but not taking yourself?

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