A summer vacation doesn’t need to cost you a month’s salary, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that it should. Between May and August, Instagram becomes a minefield of people you don’t know sitting poolside at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs or whatever. Suddenly, your Brooklyn staycation seems lacking.
I know that nothing is what it is available on social media. It is possible to know this at your core and, at the same day, wish you were also lounging on an expensive pool float shaped like a hot dog.
In minutes like these, I ground myself with the knowledge that best available summertime vacation I ever took expense very little and was focused on the singular objective of devouring a slice of pie in every commonwealth in New England.
In the final weeks of my senior time, my college roommates and I sat around our living room contemplating a post-graduation road journey. We hadn’t yet landed positions, so it had to be cheap no inns , no patronize. We were also really into pie at this level. Why not focus the entire trip on pie? A plan for a humble food-themed street trip rose. We called it Pie Tour 2013.
For four periods we drove across New England with a roll of bakeries and not much else. In Connecticut, we eat towering lemon meringue slices. In Massachusetts, we bought a mixed berry tart with stars cut into the crust. We eat it straight from the tin on a nearby park terrace. In Maine we had my favorite a slice of blueberry pie from Two Fat Cats Bakery that I still go back for whenever I’m in Portland.
In between tart slicings, we’d park the car and walk around for hours, figuring out where where we’d sleep for the darknes( in a family member’s mansion, a inexpensive Airbnb and a tent, to be specific ).
It is more cost-effective vacation I’ve taken, and, in truth, the most memorable. And trust me when I say that you will have a better hour spend money on gas and really good pie( or barbecue; or doughnuts; or french fries) than you will spending it on a hotel room you hardly hung out in.
Plus, pie looks great on Instagram.
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