I live in Philadelphia and I one day woke up and said I want to go somewhere just for fun and be home in the same day. Now being in Philly, the options are New York, Washington, Baltimore, Poconos, Atlantic City. After a few years, these options, though always exciting, do get a little normal. To plan a trip would mean to take a few days off and fly far far away and see some family I have in Brazil and Australia.
So, last year I went to Chicago for the day. I budgeted the whole trip, taxes and airfare for under $200
CHICAGO – NOVEMBER 15, 2006
1 day rail pass $5
Otherwise $2 a trip
45 minutes from airport to city.
Blue line from O’hare to La salle station
Sears Tower sky deck tour $12.95
Walk to Monroe Station, head north to Chicago station
Lunch Mc.Donalds $5.87
John Hancock observatory $11.00
Extra expenses (Starbucks, snack) $5.21
Train from Chicago to Washington (ended up walking)
Transfer to Blue line to O’Hare
American Airlines flight 1265 depart Philly 8:05 am
Arrive Chicago O’Hare 9:35 am
American Airlines flight 2082 depart O’Hare 8:20 pm
Arrive Philly 11:10 pm
+$20.60 tax $158.60
I took some extra cash and obviously the credit cards just incase, but I did it. It was fun, I actually have a video of it on youtube. http://youtube.com/watch?v=yIPvCcLPhGs
I took my little dinky camera I didnt want to be weighed down.
My next major venture is Daytrip to the west coast and fly back on the redeye. Im thinking about UA
or US nonstops as a connection may just delay my day. I could be on the ground in SFO
by 11am and have a good 9 hours or so to fool around and get back to the airport. I have found roundtrip fares as low as $247. Now I could budget my trip for $300 or $350. Im not rich, but I do love the unexpected adventure
So my point/question here is, anybody here done any trips for fun that others may consider obsurd?