Thursday, September 24, 2015

My Charleston Trip {on a $100 Budget}

As you all know {based on my relentless social media sharing and most recent blog posts} I went to Charleston for the first time this week and it was absolutely wonderful! So what did I do? Well, let me tell you...

I went for 3 days and stayed with a friend, but budgeted only $100 for the trip. This is what I did!

Sunday

Walked College of Charleston's Campus, King Street & Market Street {Free}
These are some of the main spots in town and some of the best sight seeing. It's what Charleston's known for, after all!








Dinner {$10}
This place was not the best, so it's going to remain nameless, but hey, it was affordable!


Drinks at the Pavilion {$14}
*Splurge* This was one of my favorite parts! The Pavilion Rooftop Bar is located on top of the Market Pavilion Hotel and is super swanky. It has a pool, lounge chairs, a bar and high top tables. We went right at sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous!! I highly recommend it!




 This is what I wore - See the full look here!

Monday

Breakfast at Caviar & Bananas {$6}
Caviar & Bananas is a gourmet market that was located right near to where we were staying so we grabbed a quick breakfast from there on Monday morning before my friend headed to meetings. I got the breakfast burrito which had egg whites, cheese, avocado and veggies in it and it was perfection!

Toured Nathaniel Russell House & Aiken Rhett House {$18}
The Historic Charleston Foundation has done an amazing job of preserving some of Charleston's oldest properties, and I am a huge history nerd, so during the day on Monday I walked to two different properties and toured them. One of them was fully restored by the foundation and offered a guided tour. The other was preserved in the state in which the foundation received the property and was guided by an audio tour. For only $18 for the both of them, it was a great deal!








Drinks at the Grand Bohemian Hotel {$7}
The Grand Bohemian Hotel is a really new, posh hotel and it has an amazing rooftop terrace. The design is chic and they have great deals for happy hour, so when I reached out to Gillian {the founder of The Charleston Blog Society} this was where she recommended we go. It was so, well, blog-worthy! I could not get enough of it!

Dinner at Taco Boy {$14}
I heard about Taco Boy from this local Charleston blog and it did not disappoint! Those of you that know me, know how obsessed I am with Mexican food so anytime there are tacos, guacamole or margaritas involved, I'm in heaven!   


Ghost Tour of the Old Charleston Jail {$22}
I know it seems crazy, but going on a ghost tour is something that I've always wanted to do. Since the Old Charleston Jail is supposedly one of the most haunted places in South Carolina, I figured it would be one of the best places to give it a try. It was crazy!! 



 This is what I wore - See the full look here!


Tuesday

Breakfast at The Park Cafe {$10}
I heard about The Park Cafe from the same blogger that I heard about Taco Boy through and again, her reference did not disappoint. The cafe was so cute and the food was amazing! I ordered a fried egg sandwich, with bacon and avocado. It was so messy, but it was definitely worth it!  



Walk Rainbow Row {Free}
Rainbow Row is another one of Charleston's most well known spots, so naturally I had to stop by. If there was ever a dream neighborhood, this would definitely be it! #goals 


Walk The Battery & Marina {Free}
Right next to Rainbow Row is the Battery and Bay Street Marina so after a quick jaunt through the colorful houses we made our way to one of the marina's nearby docks. The scene was gorgeous! Even though it was still about 90 degrees during my trip, some of the leaves in the marina area had started to change and I was dying over them!





Tour Sullivan's Island Fort Moultrie {$3}
This was the last thing we did and it was so nice to be next to the beach! Like I said, it was about 90 the whole time we were there, so getting even the slightest breeze was a huge victory. Plus, Fort Moultrie has an amazing history. It was used in three different wars AND they still have some of the office spaces in the fort set up as if the officers will be walking in at any minute.



Long story short - I went $5 over budget, but it was totally worth it! The trip was filled with historic site visits, fun restaurants and great memories!

Stay tuned for more outfit pics from the trip! 



35 comments:

  1. Great job! Charleston is seriously the best! And I love how you budgeted! xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! And I know!! I am in love... moving asap haha.

      Delete
  2. Look like a lovely day! And your outfit is to die for!
    -xo, Shell
    http://acourageousbeauty.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To be more specific, your pink outfit is the one I am obsessing over! :)

      Delete
    2. Thank you!! I was obsessing when I put that one together. I was like "how did I not think of this look sooner!"

      Delete
  3. Love your pink outfit look.Great pictures!
    http://fabuloustorture.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you!! It was definitely one of my favorites!

      Delete
  4. Sara, you look STUNNING in pink and white, this combination was made for you, girl!

    This is so awesome that you were able to do that much with $100! Thanks for sharing your experience, it's given me the motivation to start considering my every penny when traveling :)

    Have a wonderful day, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you!! You are so sweet. Thank you so much for reading!

      Delete
  5. I really enjoyed reading this post! It was fun to read and well-organized. I literally read it from top to bottom and am now ready to go to Charleston. I will actually be moving there next year, therefore it was nice to get tips on the best places to visit. Great photography, writing, and of course, you look gorgeous in all your photos! Looking forward to seeing what other outfits you will be blogging about from the trip!

    Xoxo, Amy J.
    Bowlines and Lace

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my gosh! That was so sweet of you! Thank you so much for all of your kind words!!!

      Delete
  6. You’ve captured Charleston so perfectly! The Park Cafe is such a cute spot!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I know, isn't it!!!! I couldn't stop taking pictures. My friend was so embarrassed haha. oopsies!

      Delete
  7. nice as always, kisses :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.rs/

    ReplyDelete
  8. really creative post! i've never tried setting a limit for myself on a trip, but I probably should lol.

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yea! At the very least, aiming for something really helps you analyze each decision. Highly recommend it!

      Delete
  9. It's awesome that you still got to see a lot and try different places to eat/drink for that dollar amount!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right! Half was historical, half was touristy it was perfect! Thanks for reading!

      Delete
  10. So many fun things! Its awesome hope affordable your trip was! The pavilion looks gorgeous!!


    HashtagFabLife

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was!! That was literally my favorite spot! So chic!!!

      Delete
  11. aside from looking great!!!! these tips are awesome!
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    instagram.com/grace_njio

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow all of this pics are amazing and I love how your broke down the costs! That pool area does look like so much fun and that first little town was so nice! Loved this! Happy Friday!

    Danielle
    http://www.blushblossom.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I felt like including it itemized would make it seem a lot more feasible for other people to attempt!

      Delete
  13. OMG! I LOVE Charleston! Those pics are amazing and I loved the pic of you in pink too! Just are just the cutest!
    Have a great weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much!! I hope you had a great weekend, as well!

      Delete
  14. You did awesome gurlie! This reminds me of that Rachael Ray show on the Food Network that was $40 a day. Such a beautiful city - love that you conquered it on a budget <3

    Green Fashionista

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes!! I completely forgot about that!! So true haha.

      Delete
  15. I am incredibly impressed that you stayed within your budget and you visited a few of my favorite spots in charleston! Xo, Stephanie

    ReplyDelete
  16. wow, this is so amazing that you visited all these places and stayed in a $100 budget. You're really really pretty too! :) Love the first outfit with the pink skirt, so adorable!
    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, thank you so much Lily. It definitely took some planning, but budgeting it was definitely worth it!

      Delete

 

design + development by fabulous k