It has been ages since my family and I have traveled. Even prior to the pandemic, the last REAL family vacation we were on was when our son was two years old. He’s twenty one now. Needless to say it’s been a long time (too long!).
Our kids are young adults now, so we have no plans on going on another family vacation. We barely see our kids as it is between working two jobs (they both have two jobs) and college, not to mention their social lives.
My husband and I have been talking a lot about places we want to go when we feel confident enough that COVID is not going to be an issue anymore. Trust me, we want to see A LOT of places. Some places on our “must see” list include Chicago, Texas, San Diego, North Carolina, Maine and to visit family in Pennsylvania and Florida.
Having a budget in place when you are traveling is a must. You simply can’t visit a place without a “game plan” or knowing how much you can afford. Doing your research is a must.
There are plenty of free things to see and do in most large cities. There are also plenty of lesser known activities that places offer that not everyone is aware of.
There is a fun, new budget travel show that debuted Million Stories called George Goes Everywhere.
Million Stories is a FREE financial literacy entertainment channel.
George Goes Everywhere is hosted by television writer and YouTube personality George Igoe. In this new weekly digital series, George offers inexpensive travel tips in top US cities with a daily budget of only $100! That sounds pretty “do able” to me. Of course, George’s tips are for a single person, so if you are traveling with your “significant other,” the budget would have to be doubled (of course).
A New Jersey native, Igoe has worked for shows such as “Family Guy,” “The Cleveland Show,” and was a writer on CBS’ “Mike & Molly.” No stranger to the world of affordable travel, he developed “Rich Travel / Poor Travel,” a show where he traveled first class with frequent flyer miles, then explored the destination city on a micro-budget.
Filmed pre Covid-19, George dives into local culture and history as he tours cities’ hidden gems, from old subway stops and Naval ships, to puppet museums and corn mazes. His 12-city tour kicked off in New York City, where George visits Papaya King, Queens Museum, Old City Hall Subway Station and takes a class in breakdancing.
We live outside of New York City, and I can tell you from personal experience, there is so much to see and do in New York City. It’s a fabulous place to visit (but it can be pricey, depending on what you want to do).
Other city adventures now airing on Million Stories include adventures in Boston, Atlanta, Nashville and beyond!
I had the opportunity to interview George, and to ask him a few questions about his new series.
What city can you get the most “bang for your buck” – meaning what city of those you visited can you see and do a lot of things for the $100?
Of the cities I visited, I was really surprised by how much fun stuff there was to do in Milwaukee. And since it’s not as large as some of the other cities I went to (like New York and Chicago), it’s nowhere near as expensive.
How do you get from place to place within a city (car, taxi, bus, subway…)?
I try to take public transportation as much as possible. And not just because it saves you money, but I think it gives you a better feel for the city’s geography and helps you see different neighborhoods and places that you might not have seen otherwise.
Which has been your favorite place to visit thus far, and why?
I absolutely love Chicago. I‘d been there a couple times before, but it never fails to disappoint. Every time I go I can’t wait to return.
What would be your “dream” city to visit, and why?
It’s not a city, but I want to explore New Zealand more than anything. Between the adventurous activities and stunning landscape, I think it’d be a blast.
What cities do you plan on visiting in the near future that will become new segments in your series?
There are plenty of places in the Western half of the US that I’d like to visit… Portland, Seattle and Denver come to mind. I’d also like to hit some Canadian cities like Toronto and Montreal.
What is the craziest thing you have done or eaten thus far in your travels?
I like to push myself, so I’m no stranger to crazy things… I’ve been skydiving and bungee jumping. But the craziest thing I’ve ever done is definitely shark diving with great white sharks in South Africa.
I’d love to go shark diving off the coast of Australia in the Great Coral Reef, as crazy as it sounds (it’s on my “Bucket List”). I also like to hear that George really has always had a great time in Chicago. It makes me want to visit the city even more now.
If you would like to check out George’s new series, George Goes Everywhere, visit MillionStories.com. There are some other interesting segments to view on the website.
To see what others have to say on social media, check out the hashtags #GeorgeGoesEverywhere and #MillionStories.
I hope you’ll check his new show out.
*I screened the show for free. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.