The Best Outing that Won’t Break the Bank: Hiking

This may a little biased, but honestly the best money saving outing out there is getting out there and taking a hike! Hikes are amazing activities that really only require you to have gas and water. The whole family can be involved and often, you can even bring your pet!

This is really just our opinion but there is science behind it that I could get into but it will be too much for you to read. Now, this may a bit difficult depending on where you live, but usually there is at least one hike within an hour away. Hikes provide a sense of accomplishment that other activities like going shopping or going to eat McDonald’s can’t fulfill. All you need is water, a location, water, snacks, gas, and water.

Be prepared before the Hike

There hiking gear out there that you could purchase in order to make your hike more comfortable like expensive hiking shoes, hiking clothing, hiking sticks, and much more. Example of my hiking shoes on amazonIf its something you would like to do more often and with harder trails, you may want to invest on some decent hiking shoes in order to protect your feet. Other than that, you can use any kind of backpack and comfortable clothing. walking sticks can usually be found on the trail itself, Jesus once found a stick that looked like a lightning bolt (his nickname is Zeus) and on another hike he found one that belonged to Gandalf. Anyway, if you have to get anything, make it shoes, they are very important your, I have ones like the one in the picture and they are literally the most expensive shoes I own (and they really weren’t that bad).

Jesus in Hawaii eating a starbursts with the beautiful overlookOne thing that I would really recommend are snacks. I always get hungry at the “top” (sometimes its actually at a lower elevation), halfway, and/or end while Jesus eats throughout the whole thing. If its the first time, you could take a variety of healthier snacks to keep up your energy. You don’t really want to take too many sweets or super salty snacks because that could dehydrate you quickly. You may also want to take an actual little lunch to eat at the halfway point or at the end (so that way you don’t just go to the first drive thru available). Cheetos drinking "water" really it is alcohol but shhh

The most important thing you have to have without a doubt or argument is water. How much? That depends on the length of the hike, your body, and your limitations. You don’t want to over pack and be carrying 5 pounds of water because that will only make you tired and hate hiking. But you can’t skimp on it. Some of these hikes are aways away from civilization and you don’t want to pass out in the middle of the hike.

Make a plan to avoid problems

The next important item is the location. Most of the better hikes are untouched by humans, therefore getting there may be tricky. Make sure you have the drive planned out and get a printout if the gps is faulty in certain areas.

Hiking Project example of hanging lake in ColoradoYou should also have the hike planned. There are many apps out there meant to take you outdoors and you just need to find the right one for you. I personally use Hiking Project and All Trails. Hiking Project is free and All Trails is to an extent. I prefer All Trails because the app is friendlier and I can choose a hike based on the views, dog rules, length, etc., but either one works well.

Do note that many hikes don’t have signs to show you the way, or a nice well-kept trail. You may need to print this map out or take pictures of it. One little trick I did learn to keep me from getting too lost was to turn on my map app (or the map on the hiking app) before you lose reception. Then if you get lost, just go to it and it will hopefully show you where you are (little blue dot) in relation to your vehicle. Boss, our dog, looking over the beautiful table top in Jamestown California

This may or may not work for you depending on the type of phone or your cell provider. I have an iPhone and AT&T and it has really saved me. Anyway, this really only works if you have battery (the hike may be too cold or too hot which will kill your phone) and you remember where on the map you parked. If you really want to finish the hike, remembering how the hike moves on the map would really help. Also, you may need gas, depending on how far away it is.

Once you are there enjoy! You are in nature surrounded by beauty and fresh air. Take pictures of the landscape to encourage others to go to!

Other things to keep in mind

Jesus and Boss, our dog, looking over a hill in Fremont California, there was a dog at the bottom of the hillIf you have health problems, you should probably talk to your doctor before you go out. You may need specific snacks or should keep the hike to specific length. Since hikes are pretty much just mother nature at her finest, some hikes have uneven paths and you may want to be careful about twisting your foot. With this being said, look up every once in a while. You are there to enjoy the beauty, not look at a bunch of dirt or rocks.

View from a trail in Denali National Park, Alaska

Also sunscreen! just because it may not be super sunny doesn’t mean the sun won’t hurt you. Speaking of no sun, check the weather, you don’t really want to go if it provides dangerous driving conditions, unless you are into that. Along with this, check the weather. I don’t know about you, but I do not like hiking in the rain.

If I had the opportunity to go on a hike everyday, honestly I probably wouldn’t (Jesus would) because I like to be lazy sometimes, and it can be quite a physical challenge. But I would go on at least two per week because they are so beautiful and relaxing and it is quite inexpensive.

On a different note, if you are interested in trying to create your own job online doing something you love, check out this awesome program that you can try out for free (without taking out your wallet). An online job would really help out if you are trying to hike or travel!

Hanging Lake at the end of the trail in Glenwood Coloradon
Hanging Lake Glenwood, CO

If you have any other suggestions on budget friendly outings, awesome hikes people can try, or tips on making their hike safer leave it below on the comments!

Hello! My name is Adriana but you can call me Cheetos. I am just an artist on the road to financial freedom in order to travel the world with my beautiful man and pup. If you would like to know more, go to the about me or shoot me an email at cheetos@freefinallyfree.com. Also I had nothing to do with Jesus's bio info... >:D

8 Comments

  1. Kevin
    March 8, 2017

    It’s been some time since I’ve hiked, but hope to do some this year. There are some new trails around me created by the local land trust that I may consider. However, I’m planning on going to Canada this summer since it’s their 150th anniversary and National Parks will be free. I’d like to walk the Skyline Trail up at Cape Breton NP. Any suggestions on snacks to bring that won’t make me too thirsty?

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    1. Adriana Olmedo
      March 9, 2017

      Hey Kevin! I did not know that about the free access to national parks in Canada. That is pretty freaking awesome! I have always thought Canada was beautiful. And to answer your question, fruits are usually pretty safe great. They can keep you hydrated but they could be easily bruised or could need re-washing. Dried fruit doesn’t have the hydration, but they are easy to carry and healthy. I personally choose a banana because they are tasty and I don’t have to rewash. Jesus chooses candy because he really likes it, regardless of whats good for him :?. I heard trail mix (the healthier kind) provides a good variety that could have dried fruit and energy boosts. Let me know which work better for you.

      -Cheetos

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  2. joe
    March 1, 2017

    Its been over 40 years since i have been hiking in the rockies. I was living in colorado when i was in 7th grade went backpacking in the boy scouts.I loved it was so much fun!! I am a trucker got layed over in denver 2013.Rented me a car went over trail ridge pass rocky mt. national park.For begenners i would recommend a easy marked trail.Especially if you are in high altitude and not used to it.I love the mountains.Hope to spend some there when i retire.

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    1. Adriana Olmedo
      March 1, 2017

      Thank you very much for your comment Joe!

      That is so awesome! I honestly think the only reason why I would personally become a trucker is for opportunities like those. We actually worked in Colorado for 5-6 months last year during ski season and man did we want to go hiking. Unfortunately we were there during the winter and we did try a hike closer to Boulder and let me tell you it was an awful mistake. It took no more than 3 hours to get halfway there and then about 7 to get back to the car.

      I really want to go back though and hike those rockies without 4ft of slushy snow. Again, thank you very much for your comment. I really hope you get to go back to those and many more lovely mountains soon. Have an awesome day!

      -Adriana (Cheetos)

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  3. Sharon Whyte
    March 1, 2017

    I would have to agree with you here. A hike is a very cool thing to do because of what you get out of it. Especially if you are hiking up a mountain. When I lived in New Zealand our town in Te Aroha was built on this huge mountain. My siblings and also friends of mine used to climb it. Was so much fun to get to the peak and look back over the town and also other places. Very fulfilling indeed. And yes, water is a must. Good informative article!

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    1. Adriana Olmedo
      March 1, 2017

      Thank you Sharon very much for taking the time to read it! You lived in New Zealand?! That is definitely one our planned destinations (I am forcing him to join me on this one, he just wants Australia). It looks absolutely beautiful and I have read that they have a lot of cool, possibly dangerous, activities available. That mountain you lived on looks so pretty and like it would be an amazing work out!

      Anyway, thank you very much for your comment, I hope you have a wonderful and hydrated day 🙂

      -Adriana (Cheetos)

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  4. Cathy
    March 1, 2017

    You sound like someone who likes the great outdoor, Adriana. Me too, except that I am stuck in a concrete jungle and my nearest hike location would be about 2 hours drive away.

    However, when I do get out of town, I would choose to stay near locations where there are mountains and trails. My best experience so far would have been Jeju Island, Korea. They have about 10 plus trails surrounding the island periphery. Some are challenging walks, but most are easy. The scenic view is gorgeous so do check it out when you guys get the chance.

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    1. Adriana Olmedo
      March 1, 2017

      Hey Cathy!

      That does suck that you are quite aways away from any nature. Concrete jungles can be quite boring and well, concrete. I will definitely keep that island on my list of must dos. We probably wont have vehicles during our travels therefore having all those trails nearby would so amazing!

      Thank you very much for your post, I really hope one day you get to always be near real jungles and nature without worrying about work :). Please have and incredible day!

      -Adriana (Cheetos)

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