On a budget in New Mexico

The last time I was in New Mexico I was five years old. When my best friend invited us to go with her I couldn’t pass up the opportunity because I’ve been wanting to make a trip that way. I was hesitant about going because we are on a budget, trying to buy a house and all. It all ended up working out. We would have loved to travel all over New Mexico to explore but we didn’t have the time, nor the money. We decided to pick one place and explore that one town. We picked Carlsbad. Carlsbad is only about 5 hours from my hometown Abilene, Tx. I drove to Abilene and stayed for the night. The next day we took off to Carlsbad Caverns.

We love to travel but the money factor can be an issue. Many families would love to travel and they think they can’t afford to do so. I say if there is a will, there is a way! There are some cost factors that you can’t get away from, like gas, food, and a hotel stay.

Ways to Save Money

-We use an App called Gas Buddy. Gas Buddy gives you the cheapest gas stations near you.

-Hotel stays can be pretty expensive. We use Priceline to get the best deals. Booking in advance can sometimes save you some money.

-You have to eat and of course food costs money. We pack lunches, snacks, and drinks so we don’t buy the overpriced food and drinks at the park.

-Find the free things that you can do for fun and do those things. An example is hiking. Most hiking trails are free of charge.


We had an awesome time exploring the trails around the caves and taking pictures!

Some Recommendations

We ended up going on a self-guided tour and one guided tour. We chose to go in August and school had already started in a lot of places. It worked out perfectly because there wasn’t a whole lot of people. Our guided tour only had one other family, which made the tour that much better.

If you decide you want to go to Carlsbad Caverns you want to make sure to stay to see the bats come out of the cave. It’s pretty epic and something that you don’t want to miss out on.

Make sure to read up on the different caves and restrictions. They don’t allow anyone under the age of 4 for the guided tours. Be sure to also reserve your ticket in advance.

I recommend bringing a water bottle, a backpack, and a jacket. They don’t allow food or drinks but they do allow water. A backpack comes in handy to carry miscellaneous items. It does get cold in the caves, so definitely bring a jacket or a sweater.

You can bring a camera and you can take videos except for when you watch the bats fly out. Take lots of pictures and videos for memories. Check out some of our pics below.



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I am a mother and a wife. I love fashion, drinking wine or beer, being with family and friends, I love to travel, I enjoy the outdoors, and a bunch more. I love sharing my journey through this blog. Thanks for stopping by!