How I Travel Often Without Spending an Absurd Amount of Money

How to Save Money While Traveling, Travel Money Saving Tips // Pearl Girl

London, October 2015

I truly believe that travel is one of life’s greatest joys (and privileges.) I’m lucky enough that I was raised in a family that valued travel, so I’ve been going on trips and vacations (I wholeheartedly believe they’re different) since before I can remember. As I’ve grown up and become a “real adult” with a real income, I’ve prioritized traveling on my own — and on my own dime. And along the way, I’ve been able to pick up a few tips and tactics on how to travel as much as you can on a budget.

I think a lot of people shut down the idea of traveling in your early 20s because they believe it’s too expensive and unobtainable. Though it is definitely an investment and something you need to plan and save for, it can be done — on the cheap, too! In fact, I think your 20s are one of the best times to travel. Most likely, you don’t have kids keeping you home, and you’ve got the stamina and (lack of) standards to rough it a bit. You just need to be a little creative. Here are a few ways how.

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New Orleans, September 2016

 

Go where your friends are.

This is my biggest tip, for obvious reasons. When you visit a friend, you’ll most often be able to stay with said friend for free. Removing the cost of a hotel or AirBnB is HUGE for savings, and sometimes, you can remove transportation fees, too, if the person you’re staying with has a car. And of course, the bonus of this method is that you get to spend time with a friend you don’t see quite as often, and you get to have a local as a tour guide!

Though most of my friends from college live in NYC, which doesn’t lend itself to visits, I’ve tried to take advantage of visiting people where I can. Last fall, I went to Arizona, where my aunt and uncle live, for Thanksgiving. And two of my best friends from high school live in Boston, so I’ve been there three times in the past two years, too.

Sometimes, it’s worth waiting to visit a destination, too. People move around and you never know when one of your good friends will arrive in a place you’ve been wanting to visit. For example, I’ve wanted to visit Los Angeles for the past few years. But it just seemed so pricey: Hotel, renting a car, etc. But when my step-sister moved out there last fall, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to finally get out to LA and get to spend time with her, which only made the trip more fun.

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Charleston, May 2017

Take opportunities when they arise.

Similar to the above point, I think it’s important to sort of let your destinations be dictated by circumstance. An example: Last fall, Barcelona wasn’t super high up on my list of places to visit. I had already been, but just for two days when I was in high school, so while I knew I wanted to go back one day, it wasn’t my number one destination. But when my friends invited me to join them on a trip, I didn’t hesitate. We ended up having an amazing time, and I truly felt like I experienced Barcelona.

One thing to note is I am single, and while I have a ton of great friends, I don’t have that go-to travel partner in the way something in a relationship does. (Of course, there are friends — like my roommate and Natalie — who I travel with more often, but you know what I mean) So when a friend says “Hey, want to go to X?” I’m likely to say yes. It’s a great way to spend time with people and sometimes, be introduced to new destinations. Like when my roommate and friend Katie invited me to go to Iceland with them, I said yes because I wanted to go on another big trip that year and had no plans to do so. I had never really considered Iceland as a destination. I ended up absolutely loving it, and now am dying to go back and see more of the country.

It’s also worth mentioning that family vacations are a great way to go on subsidized trips. Nowadays I just go on a few, usually one big one every other year. Of course, this totally depends on your family situation and I recognize that I’m very lucky to still get invitations from my mom and step-dad to join them on some of their adventures!

Paris, April 2016

Stay in an AirBnB.

Y’all, I cannot express how much I love hotels. I love them. The beds, the lobbies, the plush robes and fluffy towels. But nine times out of ten, AirBnB is the more affordable option, so that’s what I go with. It also gives you more options when it comes to staying with a larger group, or if there are couples in the mix, etc. You also usually have a kitchen, so you can elect to cook some meals at home rather than constantly paying restaurant prices.

Hostels are also an inexpensive option, and one I did take full advantage of during my study abroad days. I honestly am at the point in life now where, most often, I will splurge for the AirBnB or cheap hotel room. However, if you’re traveling alone and looking to make friends, I’d recommend staying in a hostel because it’s a great way to meet fellow young travelers.

Points and miles.

I’m just starting to get into the points game, but I have to say, I love it! Since I grew up in Chicago — a United hub — I’ve been accumulating United miles for years. I try to fly United when I can so I can stock up on the miles. It can take some time to really build these up on your respective airline, but when you can it’s a great way to save on flights.

I also recently got the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which I highly recommend. I’m planning a more in-depth post about my credit cards later, but this one has incredible travel perks and allowed me to book a free trip to Europe this fall — with lots of leftover points to spare! It also has no foreign transaction fees, which is a HUGE plus when you’re abroad.

If you want to travel regularly, you need a credit card with travel points. It’s such an easy to way to slash your travel costs, just by going about your normal life and spending as you usually would.

Iceland, June 2016

Timing.

You likely already know this, but if you’re going on a weekend trip and you want to leave on Friday and come back on Sunday, you’ll pay a premium for those flights. If you’re able to take a daytime Friday flight, or Thursday evening, or come back on Monday, you can save a lot of cash. Hotels are often cheaper on weeknights, too.

Don’t be a snob.

One day, I truly hope that I’ll be able to occasionally splurge on a truly gorgeous hotel room, or business class on a flight to Europe or Asia. But that is just not the place I’m at in life, and that’s fine! I’m 25. I always say you can go up, but it’s tough to go back down. So this is the time in life to stay in the teeny AirBnb, fly the budget airline, and sit in the last row of coach. In the end, you can handle any situation that’s mildly uncomfortable — like a long layover in Lisbon, as I did on my way to Barcelona — as long as you’re safe, healthy and have the end in sight. I always tell myself that a long flight only lasts so long. It’ll be over eventually, and then you’ll be at your amazing new destination.

In order to give a more tangible portrait of how I’ve been able to travel as I often as I do, I’m including a list of how I’ve paid for a few of my most recent trips.

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Quebec City, August 2017

Montreal and Quebec City

I received a gift card to Air Canada as a gift, and convinced my roommate to come with me. We’d both been wanting to visit Montreal for a while. We stayed at an AirBnB that cost $75 a night, so divided between the two of us, it was very affordable.

New Orleans

I booked my flight 100% with miles, so it cost me about $13 in fees. My friends and I — a group of five of us — stayed in an AirBnB, an economical option for the long weekend when divided by five!

Nantucket, June 2017

Nantucket

We booked our flights and AirBnB in February, four months before the June weekend we were going to be visiting. As such, we were able to get flights for less than $200 to a notoriously pricey destination.

Boston

I take the MegaBus and sleep on my friend’s couch. $60 total, without the costs of food and such.

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Los Angeles, March 2017

Los Angeles

I used United miles to book my outgoing flight and paid for the other. By flying out on a Wednesday and returning on a Tuesday, the prices were cheaper. The one-way I paid for was a little more than $100. I stayed with my step-sister while I was out there, so I didn’t have to pay for a hotel, either. Adding even more to the savings, she let me borrow her car while she was at work, so I didn’t have to rent a car to get around L.A. (which is essential!)

Paris

We stayed at a wallet-friendly AirBnB and we flew the budget XL Airways France to get a good deal. ($700 round trip, compared to $1500 on other airlines.)

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Barcelona, December 2016

Barcelona

Again, we stayed at an AirBnB, and managed to nab some seriously cheap flights — about $460. This did involve some less-than-optimal flights: A three hour layover in Portugal on the way there, and a seven hour layover in London (during which we ventured into the city, because I couldn’t be in London that long and not!) Both travel days were exhausting, but well worth it for that price tag.

London/France/Belgium

This trip has yet to occur, but it’s set to be a very affordable one! I booked my flight with credit card points, so it was 100% free. In two of the locations I’m going — Paris and London — I have friends living there, so I’ll be staying with them. I planned my trip so I’ll be spending the most nights possible in the free locations. And when I’m not, I’ll be staying at a cheap hotel or an AirBnB. To get around, I’m taking trains, and they aren’t very pricey!

Do you have any tips on how to travel on a budget? Share in the comments! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Paris Photo Diary + Travel Tips

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

One of the reasons I decided to start blogging again last fall was to have a place to share my travel photos. I got my SLR camera for high school graduation, and have taken it with me on every major trip I’ve taken since. It’s been seven years since then, so I have thousands of photos sitting on my hard drive. And while I’ve shared a fair amount on Facebook, I wanted to have a place to put them + with more detailed descriptions of where I’ve been and what I’ve loved in these places.

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

Paris is one of my absolute favorite cities. I’ve been four times — when I was eight, when I was a sophomore in high school, while I was studying abroad, and then last year, with my friends Natalie and Alex. Though I’ve been a fair amount of times for someone my age, up until last year, each of my visits had been only three days long. If you’ve ever been to Paris, you’ll know that three months isn’t long enough to completely conquer this city. There are so many incredible museums, gorgeous streets, world-famous sights, and obviously, amazing food, it’s impossible to do it all.

But when you’re only there for three days, it’s even harder. And each time I was traveling with someone new, so I ended up hitting a lot of the same spots. So when the opportunity to visit Paris for a full week arose last year, I hopped on it. And if you can, I highly recommend spending a full week in Paris, so you can check far more boxes than you would in three days.

Museums

The Louvre // Of course, any first timer to Paris must visit the Louvre. It’s one of the best-known museums in the world for a reason, and though

Musée d’Orsay // Great for lovers of impressionism, and worth checking out for the impressive collection + cool space (it’s housed in an old train station!)

The Catacombs // This is a mass grave underneath the city, filled with bones and skulls of more than six million people. You make your way through, and it honestly is freaky, but cool to say you’ve done. Warning: They’ll only let a certain amount of people in at a time, and the line can get bad. We waited at least two hours, maybe more. I say do this once, and then you never have to do it again.

Musée Picasso // One of the most impressive collections of Picasso’s works, and an easy way to spend a morning.

Musée Rodin // Rodin’s sculptures are displayed in a bright and airy home.

The Pantheon // Originally a church, famous figures like Victor Hugo and Volitaire are buried here. The space is huge and gorgeous.

Pompidou // A modern art space, and one that I’ve never been to! Hoping to check this off on my trip this fall.

Musée de l’Orangerie // Monet’s water lilies are the highlight here, but there’s an additional collection downstairs that’s worth seeing.

Maison de Victor Hugo // Victor Hugo’s former home, turned into a museum. A quick stop, and worth a visit if you’re a fan of Les Miserables.

We purchased a four-day museum pass last time we were there, and it was completely worth it if you’re planning on seeing a lot of museums. If you’re there for longer, I’d just pack your museum visits into those days, and then spread out your other activities on the other days you have. You can’t get in everywhere with it, but you can get in most places.

Also to note: If you’re a European student, you can get into most of these museums for free. That includes people who are studying abroad. Bring your student visa (passport) or student ID and you should be able to get a discounted (or free) rate.

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Places

Eiffel Tower // Obviously. I haven’t been to the top since I was nine, but walking around outside is just as lovely.

Champs-Élysées // You’ve obviously heard of this famous street. It’s worth a walk down, but honestly, the shopping is meh.

Rue Saint Honoré // This is the best shopping street in Paris. It’s home to tons of designers, like Goyard, and cool shops like Colette.

Arc de Triomphe // Climb to the top for one of the best views of Paris! It’s at the end of the Champs-Élysées, so you can walk down there after.

Notre Dame // There’s free guided tours inside, or you can just walk around at your own pace.

Sacre Coeur // A gorgeous cathedral on a hill in the beautiful neighborhood of Monmartre. Walking up the steps to the top is worth it for the view alone.

Père Lachaise Cemetery // A ton of famous people are buried here, and it’s worth it to walk around and

Palais Royal // That very Instagram-able spot near the Louvre. It’s perhaps most famous for the black and white cylinders

Place des Vosges // A beautiful public square and park. There’s lots of shopping near there, and it’s a great place to sit down and take in the view.

Sainte Chapelle // Stunning stained glass as far as the eye can see in what used to be the private chapel of the Kings of France.

Palais Garnier // The famed Paris opera house. I’d love to see a performance here one day, but if you can, definitely do the inside tour. I’m a huge Phantom of the Opera fan so it was such a highlight for me.

Galeries Lafayette // An epic department store near the opera house. Lots of designer items, but some more affordable pieces, too!

Shakespeare & Company // The bookstore featured in Midnight in Paris. It’s super cute and right by Notre Dame.

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

Eats

To be honest, usually when I’m in Paris, I have no cell service and no idea where I’ll end up by the end of the day, so we just head somewhere that looks appetizing. When I’m there for a day this fall, I want to do a little more research. Off the top of my head, these are a few spots that I’ve liked. To me, it’s more about the food you’re eating than where you eat it (of course, there are lame spots, but a lot of Parisian food is delicious!) Croissants, baguettes, pastries, steak frites, fondue, crepes, mussels — I could go on. So, so good.

Laudree // We have it stateside now, but it’s still worth a trip to try their macarons in their home city.

Angelina // I’ve never been, but they’re known for their hot chocolate. (I don’t like chocolate, so that’s why!)

Les Deux Magots // An elegant café in St. Germain des Pres. Go for brunch — and order a cocktail!

Le Refuge des Fondus // Right near Sacre Coeur, you can get wine in baby bottles and cheese fondue at this is a hole in the wall spot.

Berthillon // The best ice cream on the Île Saint-Louis. Lots of spots around there sell it that aren’t the actual Berthillon storefront.

L’Elephant Du Nil // I love this little spot, and had an amazing meal there when I studed

Of course, there’s so much more to do in Paris, but I like to think of these points as the highlights. I’ll be back this fall for just a day, and I can’t wait. It’s truly a city like no other. And while there are things that the pictures don’t show — hoards of tourists and pickpockets, to name a few — it’s beautiful and is a really special place. If you have any questions about Paris, leave a comment below! Or share your own Paris tips with me, as I’m heading back with a day to kill this fall!

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

Paris Travel Guide for 20 Something Women

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Snapshots from My Trip Home to Chicago

Chicago Illinois Trip Recap - Pearl Girl

I always say that if I’m going to live a flight away from my family and childhood friends, I’m glad said flight is NYC to Chicago. It’s fast, it’s frequent, and most important of all, it’s inexpensive (most of the time.) I try to get back a few times a year, but usually, it’s for a long weekend — like four or five days. But over the Fourth of July, I was able to go back for eight days.

This post isn’t a guide, just a recap of what I did during my trip home. (Though there are a couple ideas if you’re visiting Chicago anytime soon!)

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I landed on Sunday morning and after a nap and a trip to Costco (to stock up on makeup wipes, duh) I met up with a few friends to drive up to Milwaukee for Summerfest. My parents live just north of Chicago, so the Wisconsin border is less than an hour away, and Milwaukee is just a little further than that. I’d only been to Summerfest once before, but if you’re in the area, I highly recommend it. It’s billed as the world’s largest music festival, but it’s more relaxed than something like Lollapalooza or Coachella. There’s a headliner every night, which you have to pay extra to get into, but otherwise there’s lots of artists that you can see perform for just the price of admission. We saw Andy Grammer for $20 and he was great! We were there all afternoon, and had a ton of snacks: Cheese curds, corn, a rib sandwich. When in Wisconsin, y’all.

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I did pretty much nothing on Monday — we got back home from Milwaukee after 1 a.m., and after an early flight wakeup call, I just wanted to sleep and relax for a bit. I did head downtown for a late drink on my friend’s rooftop — how incredible is her view?!

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I was all over the place on the Fourth. A barbecue at my friend’s place in the city, a barbecue at my mom’s house in the suburbs, and then meeting friends for fireworks in Evanston, which is a city just north of Chicago. The fireworks were right on the lake, which was so nice!

I didn’t take a ton of photos over the next few days, which involved a trip to the Taste of Chicago, drinks on the Chicago Riverwalk, a day on at work + dinner in the suburbs.

On Friday I met my mom and cousin for lunch at the Hampton Social, which I’ve been dying to try forever. Y’all, worth the hype. We had frosé and I had a lobster roll. I didn’t think Chicago could serve up a good lobster roll — I was wrong. And I finally got to see the Rosé All Day sign in the flesh. They’re opening up another Chicago location soon, too!

I then went to meet up with my friend Emily at her parents’s new place. They recently left the suburbs, but now they have a pool! So needed on a hot day. We got tacos with a few more of our friends after, and then walked around Millennium Park before I caught the train back home.

Saturday was a highlight — a Cubs game with my family! We got lunch in Wrigleyville beforehand and then watched them take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. They lost, which sucked, but I had a Mai Tai and there was a set of back-to-back home runs, so that was something. My grandma is a huge Cubs fan so it was especially great to go to the game with her.

My grandma loves Kris Bryant, who plays third base for the Cubs. So when we saw this mural Call her, KB! She’s your number one fan.

It was such a great trip. And it was long enough that at the end, I was really ready to head back to the city. I’m so happy that it lasted a little longer than usual, because I’m not planning on going home again until Christmas. (I am excited to experience Thanksgiving in NYC, though!) It’ll be the longest I’ve ever been away from “home” (in quotes as New York really is my home now.) But that just means I’ll be super excited to go back when I do fly home again!

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How I Spent 52 Perfect Hours on Nantucket, Part Two

Read part one of my Nantucket recap here.

I left off at the end of our first day on Nantucket

On Sunday, we started the day with an Uber ride over to ‘Sconset, a neighborhood (or a town? I’ve seen it referred to both ways!) on the eastern side of Nantucket. We got off at the Sconset Market, where we grabbed (delicious!) blueberry muffins for breakfast.

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The ‘Sconset Bluff Walk was high up on my list of things to do in Nantucket, as I’d seen plenty of gorgeous Instagrams and wanted to experience the full thing for myself. It was just as beautiful as I’d imagined. The houses are enormous (and incredibly expensive, I would imagine), and it’s so cool that you’re able to get so close to them while walking on the path.

It was also relatively deserted. The entire time, we probably saw one or two other groups of people. We didn’t see anyone coming out of the houses, either. Be warned, though: The walk to Santaky Head Light, which just after the end of the Bluff Walk, is pretty long. (I’d guess a couple miles?) We didn’t want to do the whole thing twice, so we grabbed an Uber from there instead.

Though the walk looks out at the ocean, most of the waterfront property there is private. However, there was one staircase towards the beginning of the walk that wasn’t marked private, so we snuck down. It was amazing! There was literally no one on the beach, the waves were coming in, and it was just so peaceful. We probably stayed down there for 15 minutes, but if I had a towel and a bathing suit, I could have parked it all day!

We spent 15 minutes taking photos and catching our breath at Santaky Head. It’s so picturesque and so classically Nantucket, I loved it!

Afterwards, we hopped in an Uber back to our AirBnB, where we took advantage of the amazing porch situation and drank a Fisher’s Island Lemonade (they are the best!) One of my favorite things about our AirBnB was that the family who owned the guest cottage (it was on the property of their larger house) had a dog, Brody, who let roam free throughout the property! He came to visit us while we were drinking and chatting and he was the cutest!

We then got another Uber and headed over to Cisco Brewery for lunch, music and drinks. Y’all, this is such a fun place to spend an afternoon on Nantucket. There’s food trucks (including one from 167 Raw in Charleston!), wine, beer, cider and sangria, live music and picnic tables. (Oh, and also, a lot of dogs.) We hung here for a couple hours, just drinking, chatting, dancing and eating lobster rolls. This spot should be on everyone’s Nantucket itinerary.

Back at our AirBnB, we took advantage of the grill and cooked dinner (well, Natalie cooked most of it) and caught glimpses of the Tonys. (I was so psyched Dear Evan Hansen won!)

Monday morning we got breakfast at Downyflake, where we each had a skillet and one of their famous donuts (I also picked up another one for the road!) Food on Nantucket can be pricey, so I highly recommend this spot, which was very affordable (but still tasty!) Afterwards headed downtown to shop around a bit more and grab one more ice cream at the Juice Bar.

My suit ($40!) // Vineyard Vines hat // Clubmaster sunglasses // Market tote

The rest of the afternoon was spent at Surfside Beach, which was walking distance from our AirBnB. Luckily, we had amazing weather the whole trip, but Monday especially was gorgeous and warm. The water was really cold, so none of us actually went swimming.

We sort of cut it close on timing for our departure, rushing back to our house, throwing all our stuff into our bags, and catching a quick Uber to the airport. Luckily, there was literally no security line and we boarded almost immediately after going through.

It really was the perfect weekend, and I’m so sad it’s over! We’re already talking about plans for next year, and we all agree on one thing: Three days was not nearly long enough!

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How I Spent 52 Perfect Hours on Nantucket, Part One

Nantucket Travel Guide, What to Do on Nantucket // Pearl Girl

Waiting at our gate for our flight to Nantucket, my friend Charlotte said a colleague had told her that “Nantucket is pleasure.” After spending a long weekend on the island, I have to say that I’m in complete agreement with that description. Nantucket isn’t very big, but every mile is gorgeous, summertime perfection. Not to mention, I visited with three of my close friends, Natalie, Charlotte and Ivy. If you were in a sorority, they are my “little”, my “big” and my “grand little.” We’d never traveled together as a group before, but it was so much fun — I see many more trips together in our future.

I honestly just have so many photos I want to share from my time on Nantucket, so I’m going to break this up into two posts. (You’re probably going to read through this and think ‘This is only half of the photos you’re sharing?’ Yep, I took a lot of photos!)

How We Got There

We flew in on Saturday morning, on the new direct service to Nantucket from LaGuardia on Delta. If you’re looking to get to Nantucket from Manhattan, I’d highly recommend this option, as trekking up to the Cape + taking the ferry seems like quite the trek. Flights can get pricey, so book in advance — we booked ours in February, and paid less than $200 round trip!

The Nantucket airport is actually adorable. It’s so tiny. Right after we left the plane, a truck drove up the bags and dropped them off right there. And when you’re flying out, you honestly can get to your flight five minutes before you’re supposed to board and make it there on time.

Where We Stayed

We rented a guest cottage on the property of a larger house through AirBnB, which is totally the way to do Nantucket. I’ve seen several other bloggers talk about staying at a hotel, which also seems lovely, but staying at a house was amazing. There was a patio with a table, chairs and a grill, which we put to use on Sunday. It was so cozy and felt more home-y than staying at a hotel. And honestly, nothing beats cracking open a Fisher’s Island Lemonade on the patio.

How We Got Around

We were far away enough from the downtown area that we didn’t want to bike everywhere, and didn’t really want to rent a car and deal with the hassle of parking, either. Thankfully, Nantucket has Uber! We never waited long for a ride, and all the drivers were super friendly! I’d say most of them cost about $12-15. If you’re splitting between multiple people (or switching off who orders the Ubers!) it’s totally doable. (And then, of course, you can have a few glasses of wine without worry!)

What We Did

We arrived on Saturday around noon, and headed over to the house we were staying in. After quickly changing and settling in, we hoped in an Uber to downtown. We were all pretty hungry, but knowing how expensive food on Nantucket can get (#IslandLife) so we just grabbed a slice of pizza and sandwiches (not both for each of us!) down near the water on Broad Street. Then we grabbed ice cream cones at the Juice Bar, which has the best waffle cone I’ve ever eaten in my life. However, Natalie had a smoothie, which was also so good. You can’t go wrong!

We had a reservation at 4 p.m. with Endeavor Sailing, so in the meantime, we walked around and popped into all the different shops in downtown Nantucket. A few favorites? Skinny Dip, which I also visited in Charleston, Murray’s, a preppy paradise with lots of Nantucket reds, and Margaux, a brand that carries beautiful ballet flats. However, my favorite item I purchased on the Straight Wharf, in a tourist-y shop called Nantucket Peddlers, where I got this red sweatshirt! We all ended up buying them, as they were $30 and the perfect Nantucket souvenir!

Our ride on Endeavor Sailing was amazing: 90 minutes on the water, and you can just sit and relax while the boat staff takes care of everything. One important tip: BRING DRINKS. As the boat was pulling up from their last ride, we saw the passengers holding red cups. And we realized, you can BYOB to this boat ride! We were about five minutes from departure, and Natalie literally took off towards the nearest liquor store (which was about five-ish blocks away) and then came back equipped with a four pack of Fisher’s. (Bless her.) The ride wouldn’t have been the same without it.

That night, we went to dinner at Cru, which is right on the water and had a great lobster roll. It’s on the pricier side, but this was our only really nice meal out, so we didn’t mind! Afterwards, we made a stop at Stop N Shop downtown to pick up groceries for the rest of the weekend — another perk to having a house!

The rest of my Nantucket photos and recap will be up on the blog early next week — along with another Nantucket outfit!

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