Going back to the question I get asked the most, how I can afford to travel… I’m going to reveal how I plan my trips. My trips aren’t typically anything fancy and luxury, but budget travel means more adventure which is what I’m looking for. You have to put yourself in unfamiliar situations in order to get to know yourself, to see how you can adapt. At the end, I always walk away proud of myself that I was able to make it happen. That I’m stronger than I thought.
The truth is, I don’t blow all my money traveling. I have goals that I’m saving up for as well. I actually save quite a bit in comparisons to others around me. I just choose to travel ‘smarter’ as I like to call it. See… for me, I rather take 10 budget trips a year rather than taking 2 luxury trip a year. I worked full time, Monday-Friday, and I still managed to take at least 10 trips a year. I would just extend every long weekend by a couple of days, or I would leave straight from work to go catch a flight, or I even walked in with my luggage to work once in the morning! A weekend warrior I like to call it.
I’m going to show you how you can take a weekend 4 nights/4days trip to Los Angeles from Toronto for only $650 CAD including all transportation and accommodation.
As most of you folks know, you can’t really get a mountain/sea view by driving 3 hours out of Toronto. So when I am in LA, I try to maximize my time to see as much as possible by doing road trips. What I love about LA is that you can get into totally different scenery by driving a couple of hours. This past weekend we decided to make our way up north to Santa Barbara, which is also known as the American Riviera… after my visit I can see why. Imagine the most picturesque white houses with red Spanish roofs, beautiful vegetation and flowers, and the dramatic backdrop of the mountains lined with palm trees. It’s such a cool, hip, and artsy town that makes you not want to leave.
Big Sur is definitely one of California’s ‘must sees’. Which also means to a lot of tourist and tourist traps. I wanted to experience Big Sur without the luxury ocean front facing hotel and this is how I did. Here is a guide to free camping in Big Sur, CA.