My sister is still in school, living the broke college kid dream, and I was headed for a vacation, AKA budget killer. So we decided to go on a little adventure in Austin to come up with some ways to have fun on a budget. So with $50 in our pockets we set out on a little outing. This is what we learned.
We opted to start the day walking around south congress. I love South Congress because it is always so vibrant. The colors are bright, there is great food everywhere, and you really can’t beat the people watching. It’s no wonder that these streets are always overflowing.
We walked around people watching and window shopping before popping in to Torchy’s for lunch. Torchy’s is probably my favorite Tex mex place because the taste is consistent throughout their chains and their queso is DELICIOUS.
We ordered a chips and queso, an order of tacos each, and two grapefruit sodas. We wanted margaritas but were informed that they had not yet acquired their liquor license. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw them pouring coffee out of a tap. I ordered two. If you’ve never had coffee on tap please do so immediately. It’s incredibly smooth and refreshing and costs the same as a trip to Starbs.
Total spent at Torchys was about $32.
After lunch we took a short drive over to Zilker park. We took a nice little walk until we found the perfect spot to drink our coffee. Being at Lou Neef point was so nostalgic. I used to walk to this point with my friends when we were in college. For no real reason other than to take in the sunshine and enjoy each other’s company. It was really nice to be able to share this with my little sister, who is now experiencing many of the happy moments I did at her age.
For our final stop we set out for another favorite Austin area. The drag. So many memories on those streets. It’s funny how a place can change so much and stay the same all at once. My sister introduced me to the cutest ice cream shop, Moojo.
Moojo is an Instagram dream. Brick walls, neon signs, and swing seats. It doesn’t hurt that they sell delicious ice cream sandwiches. We went with a coconut ice cream and macadamia nut cookie sandwich. Amazing. If you are in the area it is definitely worth a try! We got a sandwich to share, and a bottle of water each. We spent less than $10.
It was great being able to catch up with my sister and revisit what life was like four years ago. Since we don’t get to see each other much it makes me so happy to be able to share these experiences with her. I hope this helps you to spend some time with someone you love. Even if it is just a few hours on a random Sunday in June.
What are your favorite places in Austin? How do you deal with having fun on a budget? Let me know in the comments!