If you’ve recently sat for the bar exam, Congratulations! As you begin the process of suppressing the experience you just survived, we can finally move on to discussing the important stuff. Yeah you know what I’m talking about, the coveted, “post bar trip!” If you already have one planned, then you’re ahead of the game. I hope you enjoy the adventure ahead of you! However, if you’ve procrastinated in putting a plan in place or just avoided planning one altogether due to high cost, lack of time or fear of your unknown post bar state of mind, this post is for you! In this post I will cover how you can quickly plan a post bar trip on a budget and also how a post bar trip can in fact be beneficial in soothing your post-bar state of mind.
Importance of Taking a Post-Bar Trip
If you’re hesitant about taking a post-bar trip, let me start by saying that I completely get your hesitation. In fact, I avoided planning one altogether during 3L year as I didn’t have a post grad job just yet and figured that a trip would be far too expensive. I also avoided planning one because I figured I would be far too depressed after the bar to engage in any sort of social activity. I never really got the itch to do something until hitting the peak of my bar prep stress and realizing that I needed something to look forward to. Therefore, I threw together an impromptu trip to my college town and used “I can’t wait” messages and memes with my college friends as a much needed distraction during bar prep. I know this isn’t the extravagant traditional post bar trip that would necessarily warrant a hashtag on Instagram, but it did an excellent job of giving me something to look forward to and, most importantly, distracting me from the exam altogether.
I say all of this to stress that taking a post bar trip can be important in easing your mid bar prep and post bar state of mind, and it also doesn’t need to be super expensive! Simply planning a post bar trip can serve as a good distraction from your stresses during bar prep and a good diversion from obsessing over your score following the bar. A post bar trip can also be a great getaway before beginning your career as an attorney and at the very least a necessary treat, simply because you’ve worked extremely hard, and, heck, you deserve it!
Apps That Can Help You to Stay Within Your Budget
If you’re worried about cost, there are a ton of apps that can help you save money. Honestly, the list is endless but I can attest to these three great options both from personal usage and overall reviews.
Yes, using Groupon is a great way to save on local deals, but if you’re thinking of making your post bar trip international, this should absolutely be your first stop. Groupon offers great round trip deals to popular international destinations. It also offers deals that you can take advantage of at your destination of choice during your trip. So if you know you want to go overseas, and you’re unsure which country, I recommend scoping out the Groupon offers and making a decision from those options.
Planning on keeping your trip domestic? Then you should definitely check Skiplagged for some great travel deals. I’m talking really good travel deals here! Skiplagged has a clever system in place which allows you to avoid paying a full flight cost if your final destination is a layover destination or, as they call it, a hidden city. Just be sure to not check a bag if your final destination is in a hidden city, and you should be in the clear.
3. Couchsurfing Travel App
If you’re more of a risk-taker and want to save on accommodations during your post-bar trip consider the Couchsurfing Travel App! This app connects you with hosts all over the world who are willing to let you stay at their home for free. Yes, you read that correctly, completely free! The only cost this option may accrue, is the verification process cost which allows the organizers to know that you are a real person and which in essence also supports the app. However, verification is completely optional.
Cheap International Trips
Now if you want to go international and you’re a bit late to the planning game there are still affordable options on the table for you! There are a few countries that are simply very affordable to travel to even at the very last minute. So you can still get the international post bar experience on a budget.
How about visiting Mexico? Mexico offers affordable ticket prices from the day after Easter until December 20th. This is the perfect window for a post-bar vacation.
Iceland has become an extremely popular travel spot over the past few years because of the low travel cost. There are now flights for as low as $99 to this popular destination. That’s about as budget as budgeting can get! A cheap trip to Iceland would be an excellent way to unwind from your bar prep woes. Now beware, because the day to day cost while you’re in Iceland can surely rack up. However, this handy guide can help you to stick within your budget.
Thailand is also a great budget-friendly option for a post bar trip. Now, unlike Iceland, you will need to spend more on your airfare. However, the airfare portion will be the only big cost as it will cost little to nothing for your day to day expenses.
Finally, as you sort through your post bar trip possibilities,don’t rule out the option of a fun domestic trip. Consider using the Roadtrippers app to set up a cross country road trip with friends or consider visiting a town you’ve never been to before or simply consider flying home to see family and friends. Regardless of whichever domestic option you choose, the getaway will certainly get your mind off of things and would likely be the most beneficial to your pocket.
Which post bar trip did you select? I would love to hear about your adventure!