The past few years I have developed an addiction. My addiction is hard to talk about. It has led to me giving up important relationships with family and friends. I work to fund the addiction and often find myself strung out thin because of it. My addiction is SCHOOL. I have continually been enrolled in college since the fall semester after I graduated high school! Including summer! (WTH?) That’s 2 full years without stopping, often with at least 18 credits! Needless to say… They told me to go to rehab and I said YES YES YES!

Spring break in Moab, Utah was just what this frazzled University of Utah Junior needed. For one week, I was able to simply relax and breath without having to go looking for my next high (grade). The best part was that I was able to do it for under $150. I still have a lot of adventuring to do in Moab but I at least got a start on it.

Here are some of my best tips for traveling on the cheap:

1) Go slightly off season: Moab is busiest during the summer. I took this trip in April just before the busy season hits. The prices were decent and the weather was mild (not too hot). It was absolutely perfect!

2) Shop around for your hotel: Originally, I had planned to camp this trip, but that didn’t end up working out so we stayed in a hotel. I found a hotel for $59 a night and thinking that was a killer deal I almost bought it!… But then I found a place for $30 a night! Check out hotels in the area on sites like this one and this one. Whenever I travel on a budget, the first thing I do when using sites like Expedia and Bookings.com is to adjust it to filter my choices by cheapest to most expensive. I do this because I don’t want to have to sort through all the expensive and fancy hotels (that I drool over) for what I can afford. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life either! (The struggles of being a broke college student) Whenever I go cheap and stay in places like this, I travel with my own bedding to put down. The germaphobe struggle is real folks.

3) Eat out of a cooler: For this trip, we stocked up a little cooler full of our favorite snacks for wayyy less than we would have spent on buying meals each day. Traveling this way also allows for you to eat healthy! We splurged a couple of nights and ate out. I recommend The Blu Pig. Who knew Moab, UT had killer BBQ?

Arches National Park:

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DSC_0644I make being wild and hair flipping a habit. This trip was no exception.

DSC_0655My inner geographer was thrilled to see the Moab Fault. If you look closely, it’s the line traveling parallel to the road on the left side.

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DSC_0664I’m glad we were among other Feminist.

Dead Horse Point State Park:

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My reading for the trip was C.S. Lewis’ The Grand Miracle. To simply say that I recommend it would be an understatement. It’s the examination of Christ and his birth. I loved sitting and quietly reading The Grand Miracle while overlooking another one of God’s grand earthly miracles. Good books are an essential park of any road trip rehab.

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The Delicate Arch:

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DSC_0755When our view of the Delicate Arch came into view, the sun had just sunk behind a billowing cloud. We sat and waited for the sun to break…

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DSC_0776The glow of the red rock silenced the crowd as we all took in and savored God’s handy work.

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Author: Bradie Jill

I’m a mountain climber, filmmaker, globetrotter, lifestyle blogger, & TV personality. For as long as I can remember, I have loved all things beautiful. Whether it be words in a book, a breathtaking mountain landscape or an untold story. With this blog, I hope to bring you all of these things.