Short on time, but want to visit a beautiful city full of history, views, and good eats? Then a thorough Savannah GA itinerary is all you need! Savannah has been on my list of locations to visit for a while, and it did not disappoint. It’s quick and easy to get to from New York City (about a 90-minute plane ride), and flights are usually reasonable. I stayed for 5 days, but you can cover most of it over a three-day weekend. The best part to me is that Savannah is super walkable since it’s only about 25 square blocks (I think). I don’t know about you, but spend too much time sitting on my a$$ at home, so being out and about is always a priority when traveling.
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After I quit my corporate job, I took the month after off to travel to a bunch of destinations since I never had a long break in between job changes. During this time I went to Albania, Lisbon, Miami, and this trip to Savannah.
To be honest, I don’t do a heavy amount of research before my trips anymore. That’s not to say I don’t do any research. I typically will make sure I have a list of locations to pick from and take pictures at, but the rest I prefer to wing it. I have this thing where I really want to fit in like a local as much as possible. If you’re reading this you may not like the sound of that, but have no fear, I have detailed information below!
The name of the game whenever I travel is figuring out how to travel hack a flight or hotel in order to spend as little as possible. It’s fun if you can navigate the system, but I’m still a noob and haven’t figured out how to travel luxuriously on a small budget (yet). So for now, at the bare minimum let’s avoid paying for flights. Jetblue is one of my go-to airlines, so flying Jetblue JFK To Savannah was a no-brainer.
I won’t get into it here, but another aspect of being able to travel hack is to be flexible with locations and dates. Going to Savannah was the obvious choice because of the fact that flights were way lower than in other parts of the country. Since I had a bunch of TrueBlue points from their credit card sign-up bonus to burn through, I used those to book my roundtrip flight. I’m not sure what goes into the decision-making of which flight routes get the newer or older planes, but the JetBlue JFK to Savannah route definitely gets the older planes.
Usually, I do have to pay for a hotel or Airbnb when traveling, but this trip I got a double whammy of savings and was able to use my points to book the hotel as well. A lot of the time, the research of finding the best deal is basically just comparing platforms. First, I compared if it would be less to book a hotel through the Ultimate Rewards portal or transfer to a partner. A quick search yielded that transferring to Hyatt, a Chase partner, would give me the best bang for my points.
Transferring to Hyatt website would be 12,000 points/night = 48,000 points with no fees/taxes
Booking via Chase portal would be 15,320/night = 61,280 points + excluded fees and taxes
I tend to stay away from chain hotels, so I didn’t initially have a World of Hyatt account, but it was quick to sign and thankfully transferring points was instant!
As a professional photographer and content creator, I plan my trips around photo locations that I want to take pictures of and making content from. My Savannah, GA itinerary included the following:
As mentioned earlier in this article, Savannah is a super walkable city and there are many activities to do outside. Including all the spots listed in the photo locations section, make sure to do these too!
This must be the year that I lived the Forrest Gump movie. When I was in Arizona a few months earlier, I accidentally stumbled upon Forrest Gump Point on the way to Goosenecks State Park. Since it was the middle of the day in dry summer heat, I foolishly didn’t remake the scene there, so I made sure to do so in Chippewa Square. Fun fact: the famous bench Tom Hanks sat on the majority of the film isn’t actually in the square. It was only brought in for the movie and now resides in the Savannah History Museum. My boyfriend and I both had fun filming this scene together. Watch the clip above!
Savannah is allegedly one of the most haunted cities (besides NOLA) in the US. I can be fairly superstitious so I get the biggest heebie-jeebies, but it was a must-do! There are a ton of touring organizations advertising all over town and on the internet, but we decided to go with Ghosts and Gravestones because of their trolley cars.
It wouldn’t be a trip to the south without eating some amazing southern food. These places didn’t disappoint!
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