I figured, I will be here in Buffalo for the whole summer, without going to any place because I will be working my ass off for this dissertation. I would need a break by the end.
However, there are some problems. First, I do not want to spend big money nowadays given the fact that I may be anticipating a move by the end of the year, given the fact that my funding is running out by the end of the year. I may move somewhere else, domestic, international, back to Manila, who knows. I don't want to deplete my savings for a rainy day.
Another hurdle is my visa situation. I still have legal student status until June 2010. However, my US student visa will expire by June 2009. That means that with the exception of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, if I exit the country, I need to renew my visa in order to re-enter. Now that would be a hassle, because I can only renew it outside the USA and ideally, I would be renewing it in Manila, but a flight to Manila isn't cheap.
That means that this getaway would be within the USA, and it will be cheap.
I have an idea. And I think it will work.
Well, I already have enough miles on American Airlines to cash a free one-way ticket. That means that all I need to buy is the return leg. Also, I will try hosteling for the first time. It will be cheaper than hotels, with dorm beds for just 25 USD per night. Besides, this way I get to meet new people from other places, after all, the purpose of this trip is a getaway, remember? I need to forget my dissertation, Buffalo, the university, my current friends, and just relax my brain.
So yeah, I think I can do it. This will be for one week, say, leaving on a Tuesday and coming back Tuesday the week after. Simple as that. As to the location, that's my little secret, for the time being.
By the way, I already got my Lonely Planet yesterday. Let the planning begin!