In the last few articles I have written, I have expressed that I have been going through a hard time, meaning a breakup left my life in pieces. During this hard time, I made the decision to take a road trip with a friend and classmate. Traveling is a passion of mine and I have a goal to hit all 50 states before I turn 30 (I’m 24). Maine was the last state on the east coast that I had never been to. Although not everyone understood why I was going to Maine during the winter, I found the idea to be charming. No one would be around and I would have a lot of quiet time, and I was able to see some cities and sights I have never seen with my favorite guidebook, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
A very important factor that made this trip doable was couchsurfing. As a graduate student, I do not make very much money and needed an affordable option. My travel companion had couchsurfed before and knew how it worked. Turns out it is a great way to travel I meant some awesome people, learned about local hotspots, and didn’t have a pay for accommodations except for two nights (which we chose to do)! However, I wouldn’t couchsurf if I was traveling alone because we stayed with complete strangers. Although you can review profiles and read reviews from other couchsurfers, I would highly suggest going with someone. And no did not tell my mother what couchsurfing was before I went on the trip.
Stops & Suggestions
A small beach town with a great stretch of beach, dotted with lighthouses. Couchsurfing accommodation.
My first time in Boston! Took the T into Boston and had the best hot chocolate at Café Algiers, toured Harvard, walked the Freedom Trail, Boston’s North End, and stopped at Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli.
Gorgeous ocean drive, quaint town with shops.
Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park, Maine
A sight that is truly hard to describe because it’s so beautiful and left me speechless, key spots in Acadia Sandy Beach, Thunderhole, Otter Cliffs, Bass Harbor Head Light, Frenchman’s Bay.
Note: Not all of Acadia is open during the winter months so plan accordingly.
Couch surfing accommodation, didn’t have time to explore.
Stopped at the L.L. Bean store!
An awesome waterfront town that is great for shopping and a quick donut stop at, The Holy Donut. Right outside of town we stopped at the Portland Head Light.
Newport, Rhode Island
Stopped for some clam chowder at the Brick Alley Pub and also walked the Cliff Walk by all the Newport Mansions. Couchsurfing accommodation.
New York City, New York
We arrived in New York City on December 23rd and splurged on a room near 5th Avenue. It was glorious with all the lights, decorations, and Christmas music. We enjoyed pizza at a famous pizza joint, Lombardi’s Pizza, stopped for a cupcake and banana pudding at Magnolias Bakery, walked down 5th avenue to see all window displays, and covered almost all of Central Park.