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The Spleen
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re: Where would you go right now to unplug
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I was always jealous of those rich kids whose parents would help them backpack through Europe



I backpacked in Europe and definitely did not grow up rich. My parents gave me $100 bill the day before I left, but I paid for the rest of it myself. Flights to Europe then were a lot cheaper than they are now though. I got round trip tickets out of Atlanta for like $300.

I did work 2-3 jobs for 5 or 6 months to save up for it.


TimeOutdoors
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Member since Sep 2014
5666 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
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I backpacked in Europe and definitely did not grow up rich. My parents gave me $100 bill the day before I left, but I paid for the rest of it myself. Flights to Europe then were a lot cheaper than they are now though. I got round trip tickets out of Atlanta for like $300.

I did work 2-3 jobs for 5 or 6 months to save up for it.


I had started typing a reply to this same comment but didn't post it. When I hiked the AT the young people who had just finished school were most definitely not rich kids. When I went into town to resupply I would get a hotel room, those kids were on a budget and would head back out. They also had less time to hike the trail because of their budget and couldn't take side trips if a concert or festival etc was in a town nearby. I have alot of respect for those folks who had not had the same amount of time to build their saving accounts. If someone choose not to go hike it don't use the fact your parents aren't rich as the excuse.


kingbob
LSU Fan
Sorrento, LA
Member since Nov 2010
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re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Cheapest ticket to Europe I’ve ever seen in my lifetime was $900. Most are closer to $1,500 range. Inflation’s a b&$%h. Cheapest travel option I could think of was to live in my car and get one of those health club black cards that allow you to visit any location. That way, I could have a place to workout, shower, and do laundry in most places I go. The other option is to go with the small drivable rv, which makes sense now more than ever with low gas prices.
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hungryone
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Member since Sep 2010
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re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Wanderlust is something I understand well. You’re thinking of this as an all-or-nothing endeavor, and it’s NOT. Plenty of people arrange their lives so that 2 or 3 or 4 week blocks of time are available to them for travel.

As for funds, you can sell crap you don’t need, you can get a side hustle and dedicate that to your travel stash, and you can save money on rent while you take off for however long it is you think you’ll need. Your job might let you take an unpaid leave of absence....have you ever investigated such an option?

Make a list of all the places you want to see within the US. Start with the ones closest to you. Learn how to car-camp, check out the tents that attach to hatchbacks and SUVs. If those things are still out of your reach financially, look at your budget: what are you spending the most on? Figure out ways to cut your expenses and start saving for travel.

You say you “love” your home, but if rent is your single biggest expense, then it’s not a home. It’s a roadblock holding you back from chasing your dreams.


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hungryone
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re: Where would you go right now to unplug
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Cheapest ticket to Europe I’ve ever seen in my lifetime was $900. Most are closer to $1,500 range. Inflation’s a b&$%h.

Then you need to check out some of the cheap airfare websites and learn how to shop for discount tickets. I haven’t paid more than $1200 to fly to Europe in the last decade, and I think my last ticket to Dublin cost $400 RT.

You can carry an airline mileage reward card and run all of your monthly expenses through it, then pay it off each month. Voila, you’re piling up miles while you go about your regular life. I average 2 RT tickets a year doing this, and it costs me nothing...and it is completely convenient. Do your research on cards, find one that offers a big signup bonus and you’ll be surprised how quickly you end up with a free ticket.


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BootheelSoldier
Indiana Fan
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Member since Oct 2017
120 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Tripmasters.com you can stay 3 nights each in rome, florence, and venice for less than $1300.00. airfare and hotels included.


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Motorboat
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At the camp
Member since Oct 2007
19893 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Wife is going to beach with the kids next month, so I'm looking at Telluride or Big Sky. Also considering Utah, Washington state and Idaho. Can't quite pull the trigger on my destination yet. I've never traveled for leisure alone.

It makes me anxious but I think it will be fine once I commit.


CharlesLSU
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Member since Jan 2007
26561 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
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About to drive from Houston to Breckenridge CO the first week of July for 16 days. Mountains are calling.


8 days (same week) in CO starting WNW of Durango then to the Buena Vista area for day hiking the collegiate range. No wifi for much of it......can't wait

we are stopping in the NM desert (Roswell) overnight on the way up. Let the kids watch Signs this past weekend and they are sketched out.
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ElderTiger
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Member since Dec 2010
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re: Where would you go right now to unplug
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Just being near the mountains helps me unplug.


‘Bout sums it up for me too !


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GynoSandberg
Houston Astros Fan
Member since Jan 2006
65665 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Jesus dude

Blame everything around you when you are the only thing holding yourself back. I’m sure you already know this but you sound pathetic


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kingbob
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Sorrento, LA
Member since Nov 2010
53735 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
The first post was a joke, in case you didn’t read to the end.

I just want to get more time off from work, but I’m still a newbie so I only get 10 paid vacation days per year. I haven’t earned more annual pto yet, which is something that will come with time put in over the course of my career. I’ve got 8 saved up atm. I was supposed to go to Southern California in March, but Covid f$&ked me. Lost several hundred dollars on deposits I couldn’t get back. I’m gonna try to go to Lake Tahoe and a Yosemite in August.
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Mit Knoblauch
Texas A&M Fan
Hollywood, Kalifornia
Member since Jun 2020
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re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Just made a roadtrip two weeks ago from Lexington, VA (daughter is a VMI Cadet) to Los Angeles via the Michigan Upper Peninsula.

My recommendations for where to go to escape the Covids and act like a regular person right now are:

1 - Michigan UP (Marquette, MI)
2 - Sturgis/Deadwood, SD (apparently they are going to have the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in August this year)
3 - Anywhere in Wyoming.


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MLU
Member since Feb 2017
796 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
We just spent a few days camping at Bear Lake, CO. It's above 10,000 so nights are cool and the hottest part of the day is only a couple hours. Lots of hiking, fishing, lounging, etc and beautiful country.


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ecb
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Member since Jul 2010
5682 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
I'd like to drive to Oregon to see my son, with the CV surge my wife is nervous, but I really wanted to see NPs versus going out on the town. What are the boards thoughts on that?


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GOP_Tiger
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
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re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Cheapest way to get to Europe is to sign up for a credit card with a bonus of enough miles to get you there. If you are flexible on when you can travel, then one credit card bonus can get you your ticket. The United and American cards work, or transferable points cards like the Amex Green and Gold cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred, etc. Maybe go to /r/churning on Reddit to learn how they work, etc.


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CuseTiger
Syracuse Fan
Member since Jul 2013
6241 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
South dakota is pretty awesome right now, would highly recommend. Would say 3/4 of people are not wearing masks (besides employees)


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Trumansfangs
Missouri Fan
Town & Country
Member since Sep 2018
1769 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Cuba Missouri. Its a fun little day trip for me and the wife on the bike.


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DeltaTigerDelta
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2017
2479 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Depends on budget.
Chatsworth, GA to Dahlonega, GA for a meth, moonshine and marshmallow pie budget.

Bath, ME to Acadia National Forest or any other “parts unknown” in Maine if you can afford to fly to Portland, ME.


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AncientTiger
LSU Fan
Mississippi- Louisiana - Destin
Member since Sep 2016
701 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
English Cottage - Harrison Arkansas

This AirBnb is straight out of Southern Living Magazine. Amazing location 5 stars


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La Cucaracha
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Lafayette
Member since Oct 2016
182 posts

re: Where would you go right now to unplug
Venice, LA.


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