3 quick trips from Charleston perfect for a college budget


College is a time for exploration. Unfortunately, sometimes living on a student’s income makes it hard to get out of town.

These three quick – and long weekend friendly – trips are perfect for fitting into a busy college schedule and on a strict college budget.

They’re also great for the younger traveler with tons of energy and an adventurous spirit.

Visit Washington, D.C., for a submersion into history.


This is a short flight out of Charleston that has prices dipping down into the low double digits right now.

D.C. has a big feel that is small enough to tackle in just a few days, making it a great weekend destination.

The metro train system is a low-budget way to get around with access all over the city.

Smithsonian museums, including the local zoo, are all completely free, and it’s usually easy to stumble upon live music and other entertainment in the many outdoor spaces.

This city is also known for its food trucks, which are a quick, delicious and easy on the wallet.



Discover a party down south in Savannah, Ga.


This two-hour drive from Charleston has a similar Lowcountry atmosphere with a more casual vibe. Staying in a hotel outside of downtown can make a serious difference in accommodation costs.

A day downtown reveals a square of fun bars with no cover, plenty of shops and a river walk.

Close-by beaches include spacious Tybee Island, where a packed lunch and plenty of sunscreen can make for a fun day with friends in the sun without having to break the bank.

This beach is also alcohol-friendly, so feel free to bring a stocked cooler because there will be no need to spend a dime on a drink at any beach bar.



Have a spiritual outdoor experience in Boone, N.C.


Boone is a hiking destination and a relaxing getaway.

A longer, five-hour drive can accumulate costs, but these can be offset by cheaper accommodations.

Camping is nearly free and makes for a great time. Local campsites have showers and picnic areas to make the experience more comfortable.

Boone has access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, which has trailheads ranging from short walks to endless expeditions.

When you’ve had enough of connecting with nature, downtown Boone features a strip of excellent food establishments, thrift shops and coffee houses. In the evening, open mic nights and live music venues are easy to find.

Also try booking a “student beeper” instead of a taxi. Student drivers will drop you off anywhere in town for $3 per rider.

by Brittney Miles


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