2016 Spokester Search: Camyle C.

Camyle is a 20-year-old from Westland

Camyle's Situation

Hello everyone! My name is Camyle and I am currently a full time student at Schoolcraft College. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper there and have been a member of the paper since before I graduated high school. I have a passion for journalism and reporting as well as helping others. Aside from school and writing I teach tap dance and nanny every morning before school. I love animals and am excited to share my passions with everyone.

Camyle's Blog Post

Vacations are supposed to be about relaxing, but with the financial strain vacation causes, it can end up doing the exact opposite. It’s possible to be financially responsible and unwind at the same time, so here are five ways to reasonably save money on a Michigan vacation.

1. Plan a stay-cation 

When all of your friends are heading to Cancun and Panama it can be hard not to want to travel far away. But when everyone is posting pictures of their expensive plane tickets, just think about all the money you could save having a nice stay-cation. Plan a vacation in your own backyard! Go adventuring by exploring the areas within your own city. Drive down the backstreets and venture through the wooded areas abundant in Michigan then enjoy lunch at a local diner. There is nothing more exciting than discovering new things about a well-known area.

2. Prep food and snacks ahead of time

Whether you’re going to the beach or the mountains of the UP, you will need to fill your body with food. There is no better way to stay on track nutritionally and financially than by preparing food ahead of time. Pack a cooler with something as simple as sandwiches and juice to something as intricate as a three course meal. No matter what is prepped, it will save money in the long run.

3. Travel with friends

By splitting the costs of accommodations with travel mates you can have a memorable friends trip and save money at the same time. Instead of having to pay for multiple tanks of gas to travel around the state, plan to go and carpool with 3 other friends and make the financial burden much smaller. Another way to decrease spending is to share a room. Get a little closer with your pals by spending a few days in a shared hotel room, and don’t be afraid to stay at a less than perfect spot! Divided by 4 people, the savings will be great.

4. Take pictures- don’t buy souvenirs 

Instead of buying a $30 sweatshirt at a tourist shop that says ‘Mackinac Island’, keep the money in your pocket and document the trip with pictures. A bulky sweatshirt will end up in the back of your closet. Instead of spending your hard earned money on over-priced souvenirs, just take pictures of every event. Share an album on social media or keep the pictures safe on the memory card, no matter what, you will not outgrow, break or lose a memory. 

5. Take advantage of free opportunities

Instead of taking an expensive Great Lakes boat tour or snorkeling trip, utilize free events that occur all around the state. Take a hike up sugar loaf mountain or tour all of the museums in Detroit, no matter what your interests, there are adventures out there that are completely free. Whether your trip be in the summer or winter, there are free indoor and outdoor activities that will put any paid activity to shame.