2017 Spokester Search: Austin R.


Austin is a 19-year-old from Riverview

Austin's Situation

After graduating from Cass Technical High school almost 2 years ago, I didn't get the opportunity to attend a four year university like the some of my classmates. Instead, I went out and tried to get a job and that search was tough not only did it take a full year for me to find one I honestly didn't want to be stuck in a job that I couldn't see myself at for the rest of my life. I saw the opportunity to apply in hopes of becoming a Young and Free Michigan Spokester and I definitely knew I had to take the chance.

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5 Great Ways you can save money on a Michigan Vacation

Try finding places that offer free admission

You’ll be surprised how many local attractions in the state of Michigan there are, and some of them many even allow free admission. The Detroit Institute of Arts for example is a great place to go with families and learn art history and dive into the creative geniuses of the past. Yet, there is another option, by visiting the website, MichiganActivityPass.com, you'll be able to find free or discounted attractions all around Michigan.

Look for exclusive deals and features

Most, if not all, families can benefit from deals or special features especially when you can use them for exciting events for vacation. Utilizing michigan.org's page of special deals and features will enable you to find great attractions and features dedicated specifically for the month you’re planning your vacation. You even have the option to sign up for the websites free newsletter for even more opportunities for you to be able to plan ahead and take the leap into a fun occasion for your family to enjoy. 

Avoid spending excess amounts on gas

One aspect of living in Michigan is the history of the automotive industry. 
Being that we’ve technologically evolved from the Model T to now modern and safer transportation, the cost of using these modern vehicles can certainly burn a hole in your wallet especially with the rising cost of gas prices. So to avoid on overpaying to keep your tank full and traveling to a multitude of attractions you should try taking public transportation such as the bus, try renting a bike or even take use of the current rising of the ride hailing industry with services such as Uber or Lyft.

Look for local recreational centers

While heading to the exciting hybrids of water and thrill ride amusement parks, sometimes those places don't fit your budget for your vacation. So, instead of moping about not being able to hop on the newest waterslide, try searching for local recreational centers. Many of them allow visitors to take part in using their facility to play and take part in their very own activities such as swimming, rock climbing, basketball, etc. there’s so many activities available at such a cheaper price. 

Be old fashioned

This may come as a surprise to many but there is more to us than our cellphones and the technology that surrounds us. Many of us get so enveloped in our smart devices that we don't actually get the chance to sit down and get to know our own family members. So with that in mind, take the old fashioned way of spending time with family and head to the local park and have a family picnic. An awesome way to save money because parks are free and open to the public. While, spending time and getting to know your family is priceless.