5 ways to have fun in D.C, while saving as much money as possible!

Posted on Sunday, Oct 23, 2016

How can you make the most out of this internship, in both your workplace and your free time, without going broke?

I’m going to share with you 5 possible ways in which you can have fun during your free time and not go completely broke during this internship. We all know that money is a big BIG issue for us college students, and now that we are so far away from home it’s an even bigger issue. Here are some pieces of advice to help you save money:
  1. Go and tour FREE places in town:
I know this is common sense, but believe me, there are more free things than you can imagine! I would advise you to check out all the free places that you can visit around town. This includes museums, the zoo, or other important landmarks in D.C. Remember, you are in the capital of the United States, and things have happen here. Note: did you know that the scene from the exorcist (the stairs where the father fell) is in Georgetown? There are many things to see and learn from this city, so get out there and experience D.C.
  1. Getting around town
I would advise you that if a place is within walking distance from you, DO IT! Walk that mile (if you have time) and save yourself some money while also exercising! You kill two birds with one stone. However, if something is not so close, then try to take the metro as it will be one of the cheapest modes of transportation. Lastly, if you don’t have access to a metro, then use Uber or Lyft. For these apps, select the share your ride option: It’s almost half the original price and most of the times no one else joins during the ride.
  1. Use the internet to your advantage
There are many things going on in this city and sometimes the only way to find out about them is through the internet. Check websites that promote organizations/ bars etc. and follow them. An example of this is Eventbrite, which allows you to get promotions to attend events for free. This is mostly helpful for people over 21, as the promotions they tend to have are about open bars. However, you should take advantage of this!  (Drinks in D.C. are expensive, so you will learn to appreciate those open bars). If you are not into drinking, or are not over 21, they also have other kinds of specials, like music events, shopping, etc. so please look into these kinds of deals
  1. Attend the events your office is hosting
Talk to your supervisor or director or whoever is in charge of you if you want to go and see places or attend events around the city that could be covered by your work. Most of the time, if the events charge an admission fee, your employer will pay for both admission and transportation costs. Therefore, if you are interested in something going on in town, just let them know. Also, they can schedule tours around the Capitol/ White House/ etc., so just ask. Remember the worst that they can say is no, but I really doubt they would.
  1. Bond with the other interns
Remember that we are all in the same position and going through the same situation, so having a person to talk to and spend time with, that truly understands you is not bad at all. Besides this, you can also plan a trip to other cities or maybe just a hangout in town. This will not only help you get distracted and have fun but you can save money by sharing the expenses.

While I know that not everything is about the money, it is a big part of this internship for many interns. I hope that these tips will help you experience all that is available in this city, while saving some cash.

So, what will you do in order to save up some cash while experiencing the city to the fullest?

And remember Aggies, enjoy your internship as much as possible, and don’t forget to have fun once in a while, Gig ’Em!
Tour the White House or attend their Garden Tours, you won’t regret it!

Heidi Jauregui
National Conference of State Legislatures
Washington, D.C.