A Word I Love: Free!!

On Sunday we planned to go to the Acropolis. Even though it was seriously raining when we left the house and hardly anyone else was out, we went for it. Why? Why would we drag our three children out in such awful weather? Well the first reason was because it was Sunday, and we wanted to go to church. The second reason was that Sunday going in to see the Acropolis was free!!

I love the word, “Free!”

It makes me want to sing, but I won’t, because I’m trying to tell you how to find free stuff!

It’s not that I don’t want to spend money, but that I choose how to spend money very carefully. And that means that if we can save 24 euros (the admission price for two adults, the kids are free anytime) when we go up to take our bi-annual Acropolis family picture, we are going in good or bad weather.

I know God loves us because it stopped raining right as church let out. Nice and dry for picture time!
I know God loves us because it stopped raining right as church let out. Nice and dry for picture time!

But how did Travis figure out that Sunday was a “get in free” day in the first place? Well, my husband is a research-a-holic. Hmm, that sounds like he has an addiction, but it’s a good thing, I promise.

When we first moved to Athens he found a website that lists all of the free days for historic sites and he periodically looks at it in case we want to go make a day of it.

If you want free stuff, you have to be willing to put in the time to research. I’m not saying you should plan your trip around the times you know things will be free (unless it is a really big freebie, like thousands of dollars worth of free)… but there is definitely no harm in researching online to see if there are any fun free (or discounted) activities at your destination during your time of travel.

Dark ominous clouds hovering over Athens. We got some great shots, and didn't pay a thing to get in!
Dark ominous clouds hovering over Athens. We got some great shots. It was totally worth the hike.

For example, last year when we went to visit my grandmother in Colorado we drove through New Mexico only to realize while we were there that if we had planned it a few weeks different, we could have gotten to see the amazing Hot Air Balloon event they have in New Mexico every year. Yeah, we definitely could have planned that one better. We didn’t even bother to research New Mexico, or we would have figured that out immediately.

So before you head off on your next family trip, why not take a few hours with the google machine typing in things like, “Free events in New Mexico,” just an example. In fact, I may try to convince my hubby to write a guest post all about how he finds cool, fun, and free things for us to do on the web. Well honey? *bats eye lashes* Will you? To be continued…

Happy travels!!

Kristin