How To Travel Locally And On A Budget

How To Travel Locally And On A Budget

Learn how you can make the most of the city you live in.

The summer is a time for working, internships, and summer classes. However, there is also time for you to relax and even travel if you're home. Many of my friends are studying abroad this summer in extravagant locations, but if you're like me, you may be wondering how to make great memories without having to travel very far.

It can be a little expensive to plan a trip to another country, but there are plenty of ways to explore the town you live in. If you live near a city, your chances of finding great things to do are even better. Discovery is all around. Here are some ways to travel within your own city, at a more affordable price.

Go to the concert of a local band you've never seen.

You may think you have great music taste already, but there is something special about going to small venues and experiencing your town's music scene. The people you meet there are most likely going to be friendly and open to talking to you. Even if you're unsure about going, local bands usually require a much cheaper entry fee than a big-name artist.

Visit the local coffee shops.

If you need to unwind, or take your friends to a new place you can discover together, local coffee shops are simple places to catch up with old friends and learn a bit about the community. Baristas at smaller coffeehouses might be more open to talking to you about events that are going on in town. Also, there are usually postings inside about what's happening in the community. The one near my house even hosts local bands on Saturday evenings. You never know what you might find.

Go camping or hiking if you can.

There is most likely someplace near you where you can go on a hike. It's great exercise, and taking a friend with you can lead to some great conversation. Pack a small picnic that you can unwrap at the end of the trail, and definitely bring a camera. If hiking or camping isn't an option nearby, bike riding is an easy alternative. You still see a variety of scenery and get a bit of exercise.

At the very end of the day, remember that traveling is a great experience, but so is precious time to sit down with yourself and be grateful for all the opportunities you have. You'll return to your busy life with a new perspective and great stories to share.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Please Stop Asking Me If or When My Company Is Going Under

Don't make assumptions based on what rumors you read on the internet. The internet is not always right.


Technology is integrated into practically everything we do in 2019.

Online shopping and digital purchases have made shopping more accessible than ever for consumers. However, with the significant increase in online shopping, brick and mortar stores have been feeling the impacts. We have seen that with places like Borders, Toys R Us, Blockbuster, and more.

I currently work for a company that has felt the effects of online purchasing options. We have worked and still actively work to adapt and embrace the increase in digital purchases.

Thanks to people who seem to take enjoyment in spreading false rumors have caused some frustrations with me as well as other retail workers. Almost every day during my shift, I have at least one guest who will either ask if my company is going out of business or they "know" that it is going to go out of business. I typically respond to these questions and assumptions by replying something like "I'll go work for McDonald's" or "It is what it is." I honestly do not understand how people expect us, retail employees, to react when they say something like that.

I am already wondering whether the money and energy I put into earning my bachelor's degree are ever going to be worth it. I am working to pay bills and student loans until I find a more "big girl" job. I can do without the baseless and needless speculations. Even if a store or company is at risk of "going under," what would make you think that a retail store worker would know? We are the last to know anything.

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