I’m 24 & This Is How Much I Spent On A Long Weekend In San Diego

Welcome to Travel Diaries, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises.
This week's travel diary: A 24-year-old digital copywriter who spends Labor Day weekend with friends in San Diego.
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Age: 24 
Occupation: Digital Copywriter
Salary: $60,000
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Trip Location: San Diego, CA
Trip Length: 4 days (plus half a day of travel)
Annual # Of Vacation Days: 14
Costs: I took a nonstop flight from Newark, NJ, to San Diego: $170. Nonstop from San Diego to JFK: $333. I have a TransitChek card through my job, so I used that to hop onto the C train and catch the PATH to Newark. I bought my PATH ticket to New Jersey separately ($2.75).
Total: $505.75
Costs: I stayed with my old roommate at her spot in Pacific Beach, San Diego. I was stoked! I've missed San Diego's fresh fruit, ocean views, and sunny yet lackadaisical vibe. 
Total: $0
Miscellaneous pre-vacation spending: 
On a trip to upstate New York, I found some great reads in a super cool bookstore/bar. My parents got me a $100 Amazon gift card for my birthday, so I went to town on as many books as I could find, including Becoming by Michelle Obama, Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan, and How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston. They are coming with me for the six-hour plane ride and long beach days ahead ($0). I also treated myself to an amazing but exorbitantly priced avocado lox bagel with tofu scallion cream cheese, and saved the other half for my flight ($16). I grabbed a travel-size toothpaste and toothbrush ($5).
Total: $21

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