"Be the plug you wish to see the in the world." A motto to live by. For those of you that read my previous post highlighting some of the many tips and tricks that I use to find the best flight deals, you may have noticed that a lot of research goes into saving your coins. If you're like me and you're recovering from the attack of the holiday budget, here are a few ways that you can venture out at little to no cost and without booking a flight and traveling to a new place.
...and you'll probably still capture some great Instagram pictures while you're at it.
1. Google me, baby.
Well, not literally me. However, Google is the greatest tool of the 21st century, in my personal opinion. There are tons of lists of free, or inexpensive, events out there that are just waiting to be found. Once you've uncovered a few of the more elaborate ones, like Time Out, you can CTRL+D them into your archive for safe-keeping. Time Out is one of my favorite sources simply because they always have a relatively lengthy list of free things to do today, tomorrow, this weekend, or even this month, in most of the major cities across the globe. I could be watching a free stand-up show at a place called Lucky Jack's in New York right now if I chose to. I'm not...but, a girl likes to have options.
2. Take a page out of Ben Stiller's book.
Have a night (or day, since most museums close extremely early) at the museum. For my DC folks especially, there are plenty of free museums to patronize during the week or over the weekend thanks to the Smithsonian system. In New York, there are a few extremely popular museums (like the MoMa) that offer free admission either some or all of the time. Even if a museum isn't free to the public, we live in the age of "work perks." Always do a quick search through your own corporate benefits before you go - you may have free or discounted admission to museums near your home base that you don't even know about. And if you don't, there's a chance that your museum buddy might. Most of the corporate admission options that I've seen or used offer free admission with anywhere between 1-4 guests.
3. Don't tell a story, watch one.
My group of gal pals in New York does a great job of sharing free event opportunities with one another. Sometimes these notifications come by way of email listserv invites encouraging one of us to attend and bring friends or to share the flyer with others. In other instances, we stumble upon event flyers embedded in the Instagram stories of some our favorite brands and influencers. Case in point: I found out about a talk with Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Elaine Welteroth, at Warby Parker's SoHo location by watching either Elaine Welteroth's or Teen Vogue's Instagram story (maybe it was both...). Hands down one of the most rewarding talks that I've attended since I've lived in New York - and it was free. Similarly, when Yvonne Orji spoke at OKREAL's Girl Talk LA event and I received a flyer for the event via email, I was able to share it with my girls in LA so that they could take advantage. I can't tell you when or how often different brands post their upcoming events using these channels, but I can tell you that it doesn't hurt to keep your eyes peeled.
My 2 cents above are just a few of the many ways that you can live life more freely (literally). I hope that you're inspired to start digging for a few fun & free events to attend near you. As a wise woman named Onika Maraj once said, always: