I’m here to ask for money for a trip I’m taking.
I’m going on my 2nd vacation in 10 years shortly. Hooray!
In my mind, the only requirement for this trip was that it Not be a stay-cation. I really need to just get away and have a real vacation.
The planning has been has been though multiple rounds of planning stages of going with other people or going solo. First with my boyfriend, then we broke up. Then planning a solo trip, but then a friend was going to join. Then she couldn’t, then I was planning solo again, you get the point. So now it is very close to the week off from work, and I’m doing everything in my power to make this dream a reality.
I have a planned itinerary and everything. This is s shoestring-budget trip, and I have Just enough to cover my basic expenses (economy airfare deal, budget car deal, renting rooms from people in their homes deals). And I have Just enough to squeak by with gas for the rental car and basically almost no food money.
What I’m hoping for is donations for food and gas and something I certainly don’t have at the moment – admission to trip-type activities like a museum or a park.
Normally I’d just say that I can’t afford it and move on. But this will be my 2nd vacation in 10 years, and it’s at a time picked by my new job (so I can’t move the date). And I really need an actual vacation.
I thought about cutting a few days off to save money, but with the trip only 5 days to being with, that would turn it into just travel expenses to get to and from a place but not getting to enjoy actually being there. A rental car is necessary, so I can’t skip out on that (the budget factor is for a discounted economy car).
I’ve looked into cheaper locations. Getting on a plane is necessary because I’m having car trouble (its’ OK for commute and short distances, but not for a road trip) – in fact, car trouble is part of what put a dent into my trip money. And I deliberately picked a trip that is heavy on seeing natural wonders over other activities (read: activities that are mostly free).
I really would like to have the food money before booking the plane tickets. Activity fees and an emergency buffer are desired but not necessary. Well, under normal circumstances they would be, but these are not normal circumstances.
I’d be happy to pay it forward, share pictures or create a blog to share with you, etc.
I realize this is not a life or death situation, but someone who may have once been in a similar position may be in a better one now and want to help a gal out.
Ps. This is the place. If you have other ideas about an inexpensive ocean/mountain combo for last-minute travel I’m all ears. I’ve been scouring all the sites.