Where Should I go Next?? You get to decide!


When to Travel

Peak Season is a phrase commonly used in the travel world but what exactly does it mean? Peak Season refers to the season in which an area is most busy, for example, the Jersey Shore’s Peak Season is between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September, or in other words Summer.

If you are planning a vacation I highly recommend looking into a vacation that is in an area’s peak season. When I went to Washington D.C., which you can watch my example trip video here, I took the trip during my spring break which was the second week of March. Being that I did this I saved money on both hotel prices and travel fairs, such as gas.

To help prove my point I’ll use Washington D.C. again as an example. Using Hotels.com I looked up a three-night stay from Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23. Within this search, I choose to specifically look at hotels that are outside of the city area and will offer free breakfast, parking, and wifi. The average price for the first twenty hotels that all fit my search category is $108.30.

Now let us compare this average price to the average price of a trip from Friday, July 21-Sunday, July 23. Keeping all of the amenities the same the average price was $112.55. While this might not seem like a great difference between the two prices, you have to keep in mind that I am currently on a website designed to find the lowest prices. Meaning that as soon as you venture onto a specific hotel chain’s websites the prices are generally higher.

Another thing to keep in mind that hotels, especially beach area ones, have peak days. This is sure to mean that weekend prices will be more expensive than weekday prices. (Source: I live and work in a beach town).

Until next time, Happy Trails!

Let’s Talk Distance

When choosing a hotel distance always plays a role. While everyone wants to be closer to their destination if that destination is a city or major tourist attraction the closer you are to it the more expensive your sleeping arrangements will be.

For an example, I used Hotels.com and looked for hotels within the Washington D.C. area and sorted them according to the proximity of the City Center. In a quick overview, you can see that all of the hotels listed are expensive just for one night alone let alone an extended stay.

After looking at these I changed my search a little to allow for hotels that are farther away to be seen. The hotels are shown below and as you can see are a lot cheaper than the ones above without having bad reviews or low customer satisfaction.

On my upcoming trip to Washington D.C., which will be posted under Example Trips once I come back, my hotel cost around $79 a night just because we weren’t that close to the City Center. The only problem with factoring distance is while the hotel might be cheaper, you might have to pay more for gas to travel. To solve this problem many hotels that are near large cities have complimentary shuttle services from the hotel to the nearest transportation station, whether that be a train or bus stop.

Until next time, Happy Trails!

Welcome Everyone!

Hello everyone and welcome to The College Road Trip! The blog was made with the broke college student in mind, but any age is welcome to come and learn some awesome travel tips! I am pleased to announce that I will be taking a trip to Washinton D.C. during spring break which is next week. This trip will be the first “Example Trip” that I will be venturing on, this means that I will be creating a video to show the helpful steps I took to save a few dollars. I will post the video in a regular blog post as well as posting it in the “Example Trips” page, which you can find by clicking on “Example Trips” in the main menu bar.

Happy Trails!