Summer movies almost always include a scene with a group of friends driving down on a highway on a road trip with a cliché sunset in the background. Getting a driver’s license in the US is a rite of passage for teenagers and college students. Holding that license is like a ticket to freedom.
Summer road trips with my college friends are echoes of drives taken by previous generations. In 2009, I took a road trip with a friend, whose dad had driven the same route 30 years earlier. Road trips are also a great way to travel cheaply. A couple of mixed-CDs, a cooler of snacks, a roadmap, and a full tank of gas will make the world your oyster.
But summer break vacations can be expensive without travel included. Having to pay for meals and board can quickly add up. For college students, outdoor activities can be active or relaxing, and offer the biggest break on your wallet.
State and city websites will list national/state parks or federally protected land located nearby. These parks can have picnic or camping areas and are beautiful scenic destinations. They may ask for a daily parking fee, but it’s a small price to pay to protect from forest fires and support upkeep of the land.
If you’re lucky enough to live near one, beaches are a great summer destination. Even a couple-hours drive or weekend trip can be worth feeling the sand between your toes. Physically, visits to the ocean are good for your body and anytime out in the sun will up your D3 intake.
Concerts & Festivals
If you are able to throw a few extra dollars aside, then concerts and festivals are the way to go for music lovers. Sasquatch, EDC, and Coachella are all opening acts to the line-ups over summer on the West Coast. All across the US, major summer festivals include Bonnaroo, Identity, Warped Tour, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. A quick search online will give you the websites for all of the above concerts and many more.
Happy summer traveling! Don’t forget to keep those windows down!