BARGAINS we found in San Diego:
- Multi-day passes to the public transit system ($5.00/day/unlimited stops), good for most buses/trolleys. A rainy day ride on the trolley to the Mexican border provided us with comfortable, DRY sightseeing. Bought a couple of yummy tacos in San Ysidro for less than 5 bucks! Felt sure of the food because the little joint was frequented by Border Patrolmen. (Advised against it, we did not go into Tijuana.)
- Met a woman in the elevator one morn who fed the meter each day with $2.50 for her car to be in a nearby day park versus the $32.00 cost charged for hotel parking.
- A 20-something young man on the plane said he waited 'til he got to San Diego & used Priceline.com to book different hotel rooms for $30+, $40 and $80 a night. (I'm not brave enough for this.)
- Sat next to gorgeous Navy Seal David Goggins on the Chicago/San Diego leg of our flight. A real sweetheart of a guy whose life story (nutshell version) is astounding. I have no doubt we'll be reading a book about this man one day!
- Got in a car with a perfect stranger! Yup, when a nice-looking gentleman in La Jolla overheard me asking directions to an area restaurant, he offered us a ride. NEVER thought I'd do such a thing, but how often do you hear of serial killers riding around in big ole beautiful black Mercedes-Benz? Such a sweetie...guess he figured us for what we are: a couple of harmless goobers from the South! Loved it when he pointed out an exclusive tennis court along the way and suggested that next time we come to San Diego, we should rent an apartment there. (WAY out of our league!)
Easy ways to SAVE ON FOOD when away from home:
- Eat main meal at lunch, when prices are cheaper
- Eat during "happy hours" (usually between 4:00pm-6ish) when appetizers, etc., are half price
- Eat protein bars when in airports, on plane, breakfast at hotel or anytime fast meals are preferable (we brought some CLIF bars from home, bought more from a grocery in downtown San Diego)
- Order food to-go at night, take back to hotel room to drink with wine purchased during the day's excursions
- Shop the grocery for local foods to eat in hotel room at night
Save SPACE on casual trips by taking:
Reversible belt (black/brown, bought in a men's store, perfect for jeans with different rises)
Reversible jacket (came in VERY handy when I drop/kick/stomped mine when crossing a street)
Pashmina shawl (great for staying warm on plane but also wrapped my head with it occasionally when the day took a chilly turn...yes, I sometimes looked like a Babushka on the beaches of California! And in unknown territory, scarves hide women's necklaces as well.)
Only three shoes (One pair walking shoes--Keen are my go-tos; one pair of slip ons for airport check-ins; one pair flip flops for pool/hot tub)
Over the shoulder bag (Okay, may not save space but sure saves the day when it comes to hands-free running to catch the next tram!)
LOVE traveling but sure is GREAT to be home!
That's what works for me, what works for you? What perfect-for-travel item will you not leave home without? How do you save $ on the road...any money-saving travel tips to share?