Outdoor Adventures On The Cheap

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Portland and Salt Lake City—outdoor lovers’ paradise. Portland known for its craft beer, active lifestyle and gorgeous landscape; and Salt Lake City, home to snow-capped mountains, amazing white water rafting and beautiful national parks. Sounds like the perfect summer road trip! Best part? Faretrotter is going to make it happen…on the cheap.

 

The Faretrotter Way to Travel

 

Screen shot 2016-03-24 at 10.15.56 AMI don’t know about you, but I’d rather travel cheap and spend my money on experiences. Portland is known for their beer after all. So how do I do it?

 

At first, the choice may seem obvious—Greyhound, of course—but I actually chose the slightly more expensive option of flying. Why? As a woman with limited vacation days, I can’t afford to lose a day to travel! Of course, if time is no issue, I highly recommend travel by bus.

 

Busin’ It!

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It’s no secret that the bus system has a bad rep. They take you from point A to point B, but take longer than almost any other form of transportation and there are often delays. They don’t typically include meals and you need to make sure you don’t miss your stop. Doesn’t sound too appealing, right? WRONG.

 

If you can spare a day for travel, buses are by far the most economical choice. You can spend all that cash you saved on an upscale hotel, a white water rafting adventure or some amazing local grub that Portland is known for. Not to mention, as long as you set an alarm for two hours before your bus is supposed to reach your stop, you can sleep the entire way. Not a sleeper? They’ve got Wifi to entertain you. It’s like RVing across the country. Can’t be that bad, yeah?

 

Come Fly With Me

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Flying is either a godsend or the worst thing in the world, depending on whom you ask. I, personally, love flying and the convenience it provides. Free snacks and drinks, fast transportation and you usually meet at least one cool person while waiting for your flight.

 

And while all these perks are awesome, it will definitely cost you. The most expensive flight we found was over $400! Don’t forget though, that just like buses, flights can be delayed, too, due to weather, broken planes and everything in between.

 

Choices, Choices!

Screen shot 2016-03-24 at 11.12.18 AMWhatever you decide, you’ll end up in Salt Lake City, one way or the other. So now what? You’ve got to find a place to stay. I spend the night in my hotel and that’s it, so I always choose the cheapest hotel that’s not a roach motel.

 

Now, we can spend hours trying to find the cheapest hotel, but why do that when we can use Faretrotter to find what we’re looking for in minutes?

 

Sorted by the cheapest option first, I was able to find a decent hotel for $50. $50! Again, more money to spend exploring the city through food. So, whether you’re a cheap traveler like me or prefer the luxurious side of life, you can find it all on Faretrotter. Check it out and start enjoying your outdoor adventures!