Jacksonville Florida

Subaru Outback

A few months ago I flew to Colorado to visit my Aunt and Uncle. We found a cheap ticket from Kansas City to Denver with Frontier Airlines. After the trip I signed up for the deals (https://www.flyfrontier.com/deals/flight-sales/) and looked around for some deals. I found an interesting one, Kansas City to Jacksonville round trip for $50. I knew one person in Jacksonville and asked her for recommendations. She gave me a list of interesting places to visit and I added them to my google maps. I told my brother Taylor about the trip and he decided to come along. Instead of booking a place to stay, we chose to rent a car and sleep in it instead. We found a relatively cheap car rental with Advantage and decided not to make too many other plans.

The ticket I found only allowed for one personal item, my backpack, so I packed it full of some clothes and my swimming trunks and hit the airport. Once I landed in Jacksonville, I wandered around for a while until I realized that, because I booked a cheap car rental it was off-site, and I had to take a shuttle. Which was fine, but the booking didn't list this fact, I only saw it when I double checked the website. I rode the shuttle, picked up the Subaru, and was off. My brother's plane didn't land for a few more hours, so I went to IKEA to pick up some stuff for our adventure.
Vagabond Coffee
I just bought some cheap pillows and towels, and then went to Vagabond Coffee that my friend recommended. I was just killing time waiting for my brother's flight, and was happy to hangout and ask the baristas for recommendations and suggestions for where to go. Coffee makes me hungry, so I found a yummy taco place with vegan options Nacho Taco.

After a little while of hanging out, I stopped by Aldi to get some groceries for the next few days, and then headed back to the airport to pick up my brother. I overheard at the coffee shop that there was new drinking establishment that opened up in the Murray Hill area, called the flamingo.  I got one of my favorites, the sea quench ale. There was also pizza place close by, so we got some pizza to go and hung out in the bar. The staff at the flamingo were very friendly and helpful giving more suggestions for where we should go. They were very welcoming to the Gilbertson brothers, and I appreciated the establishment.

After we finished our beers, we literally typed in "Atlantic Ocean" into google maps and headed out east. We drove until the road ended and parked the car at the beach. We went for a night swim, and then stumbled upon some abandoned beach towels, and a lounging chair. We had originally planned on sleeping in the Subaru, but decided to sleep on the beach instead. It wasn't the most comfortable place I've slept but waking up to the Sunrise on the ocean was well worth it.

The next day we headed back to Jacksonville, Taylor needed to do "work" so we went to another cafe, so I could hang out while he worked on his laptop, Bold Bean Coffee. After he worked for a while, and convinced me to start a blog we went out to Lunch At Chomp Chomp. I had a great vegan sandwich and a local beer. After working for a little while longer we set out in search of some more local brews. We stumbled upon another cool local brewery, Intuition Ale Works. Eventually we made our way back to the Beach, found somewhere to get some food and few drinks before we retired to our faithful subaru.

The next day I dropped Taylor off at the airport, and then returned the rental car. I took a lyft to the Airbnb and tool a nap. After the night of sleeping in the car I was glad to be able to sleep in a nice soft bed for a night, and I had used my referral bonus from AirBNB so it was really cheap. If you haven't used AirBNB before check out the link, and you can get $40 off your first trip, www.airbnb.com/c/alexg355.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time in Jacksonville, and met a bunch of cool new people. It was a pretty cheap vacation, but definitely packed in a bunch of fun and new places.


Budget:

  • Roundtrip Airfare $50
  • Car Rental $120 + $25 for gas (split with my bro)
  • AirBNB $32-$20=$12
  • Day Bus Pass $4
  • Lyft Rides = $35
  • Groceries and Pillows = $2
  • Food+drinks= Not sure 😎
  • Total= $215 ish

Not a bad way to spend $220




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