Countless times I’ve applauded myself for making the decision to buy a new car. This time last year my old car was in its last legs. Once the transmission went out I knew it was time to say goodbye and on June 5th I bought a 2014 Honda Civic, paid for in full. Having a new car has paid for itself. Its not just the comfort of knowing my car is reliable and won’t be in the shop every week and gets amazing gas mileage (37.2 mpg!). Its the comfort of knowing I can go anywhere in it, that it won’t be expensive. Thanks to a new car, I started taking more long trips starting last summer. This spring and summer I anticipate even more. Since I work in a really big city, it’s fairly easy to hop on the metro to go into DC now and explore. I went to the Matsuri festival yesterday, but it was a disaster! Way too many people and rude ones at that. Just because its crowded doesn’t make it acceptable to not use your manners or push people in ‘your way’. We were all happy to leave and explore less crowded areas after the Matsuri festival. Next weekend I’ll be makingmy first return to my old city since I left a month and a half ago. It’ll be wonderful to see friends again and participate in the 5K. Outside of those, I’ll be going to Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York by the end of the summer. I’m especially excited to go to New York for the first time! I’m going for a bridal shower for one of my best friends and we’re driving down together. It’ll be a fun trip–I just wish we had more than three days there! There’s also a convention in June I’m excited to go to and potentially another one in Maryland in August. I’ll be making a couple trips to see friends who live 1-2 hours away throughout the summer, so my car will, sadly, be racking up more miles. Currently I’m staying with my grandmother who lives a little less than an hour away from where I work. The commute isn’t ideal (saving money is) and I plan on doing it until July/August when I’ll have a few student loans gone and able to afford something with plenty of emergency savings at my disposal. It’s crazy how expensive things are in Northern Virginia, even with a decent income. I’m anxious to live on my own again, but at the same time,I look forward to a summer around friends and family I’ve missed a lot in the last 3ish years! Are you planning any road trips this spring or summer?