How I spent it: 3 women share their travel budget to the nearest dollar

We ate out for all of our meals – I ended up spending around $ 450 on food and drink throughout the trip. Santa Fe is known for green chili, so my goal was to eat green chili with every meal (which I achieved, thanks to all the burritos, salsa, mixtures, enchiladas, tamales, tapas, and, yes, a green chili croissant that I ordered at Santa Fe Farmers Market). I even bought a green chili scented candle for $ 17, which smells exactly like roasted green chili peppers. It’s incredible.

Because this trip was really about art, we went to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (where I spent $ 20 on the ticket and $ 50 on prints and a t-shirt – love a museum store ) and bought tickets for meow-wolf, a gigantic interactive and immersive art installation, where tickets are $ 43. We spent a few afternoons roaming the city, browsing the art galleries dotted along Canyon Road. We were also on the hunt for jewelry in turquoise – another Santa Fe specialty – but since turquoise can get expensive, we visited an amazing thrift store called The double take where I bought a silver and opal ring for a fraction of the regular price ($ 150). We heard about a nearby town called Chimayo which is well known for textiles and rugs so we planned to visit the town but on the way we took a detour and stopped at Nambé Falls and Lake Recreation Area where we hiked (and by that I mean crossed a river barefoot and climbed a rock face) to see a waterfall. By the time we finished the hike we were exhausted – and hungry – and decided to skip Chimayo and grab some mixtos and micheladas ($ 30) at Rancho de Chimayo before returning to our Airbnb.

On our last day, Monday, we purchased $ 21 day passes for the El Rey Motel so we could spend time and work remotely by their pool. On the way to the airport, we stopped and had a quick dinner in a large industrial catering hall called the Sawmill market in Albuquerque before returning to New York with a red eye.

My total: $ 1,786

A quick solo trip to Charleston, SC

Kathryn Crimmins, who is in her mid-30s, works in health tech in New York City.

A few years ago, I lived in Charleston, South Carolina for a month and quickly fell in love with the charm and history of the city. I couldn’t wait to get back for a quick visit and thought early November would be the perfect time – New York was getting colder and Charleston was wide open and welcoming visitors again after the madness of 2020.

I found a round trip flight from LaGuardia Airport to Charleston International Airport for $ 95. This route can get quite expensive, but if you buy your ticket well in advance and go basic economy, you can keep it cheap. I arrived on a Thursday and took an Uber straight to the very trendy beach Ryder Hotel, a newly renovated downtown boutique hotel, where I booked a three night stay for $ 875.

I started my weekend with a few small bites in a modern southern style restaurant Black before falling into a comedy show (for only $ 15) at Theater 99, a live improvisation comedy room just around the corner from my hotel. After the show, I ordered a few drinks at Little Palm, the bar at the Ryder Hotel, and was able to keep the note low because a free welcome cocktail came with my stay.

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