Although Houston is completely landlocked, it’s easy to find water nearby. Being the beach lovers we are, Rafael and I decided to rent a car and go to Galveston Island, a beach area on the Gulf of Mexico about an hour outside of the city.
Getting to Galveston was easy because my campus has a service called ZipCar. For a 24 hour rental, it cost $70 and gas is included in the price. Also, my school has a promotion with ZipCar that got us an additional $35 off of the rental price. You can also rent hourly, and car prices range from $7.50 upwards per hour. The best part is that college students don’t need to be 21 to rent a ZipCar. The cars are nice, clean, spacious, and easy to drive – perfect for a day trip or even just a drive downtown. If you’re traveling with a full car (5 people), then the cost is often less than a round-trip bus ticket. We didn’t actually get to the beach until mid/late afternoon, but having a car gave us the freedom to be flexible with our schedule.
The day was absolutely gorgeous, albeit a little cold. By the water, the breeze was strong and the sun shone brightly upon us. We laid out our towels on the sand, talked for hours, walked around, and played ukulele. Freedom from schoolwork, meetings, and responsibilities for just one day seemed to do us a world of good. It was so wonderful to get away from the campus we see every day and just spend a day together, sitting on the sand, the horizon laid out in front of us over sparkling gulf waters. I love the beach because it’s so relaxing and fun to just lay out on the sand for hours, doing absolutely nothing.
Once the sun started turning its golden shade of orange, signifying the end of our day, we ate dinner at The Spot, a cute little burger and sandwich restaurant right across the street from the water. Rafael and I found a table on the second floor, right by the patio window which overlooks the water. For dinner, I ate a really terrific guacamole burger, called the Green Burger, and engaged in delightful conversation while sipping on some delicious sweet tea. It was the perfect end to an absolutely fantastic day.
I always talk about traveling alone like it’s the best way to travel, and while I believe that solo travel is the kind that best fits my personality, I truly enjoyed spending the day with a companion. Maybe this trip, this tiny little day trip, has opened up a whole new world of travel for me, and I’m excited to compare the differences between traveling alone and traveling with a trusted partner.
Adventure Cost Breakdown
Food: $20+$20 = $40
TOTAL: $75, or $37.50 per person