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Vacationing On A Budget

December 31, 2018
We all look forward to vacationing, sometimes waiting and saving up money for up to a year or more to travel to our dream destinations. But what if your dream destination is just out of reach, or you’d like to save up a little more this year to afford to go elsewhere in the future? Thankfully, there are solutions, and vacationing on a budget may be in the cards for you and your family. Let’s look at some simple tips to make the most out of this new experience.


Although it may not sound glamorous, staying local is a great way to save money while still having fun. If you love the outdoors, consider camping in a part of your state you haven’t explored, or visiting one of the hundreds of small parks administered by the National Park Service. If you’re looking for something on a larger scale, you can visit one of the 58 national parks spread throughout 27 US states. Chances are, one of these parks is within a day or two’s driving distance away from you. If you’re not keen on the outdoors or you don’t have the time for a long vacation, consider a location within a day’s drive from your home, it can even be in the same town! Hit up the local museums you’ve never been to and explore the places that attract others to your state. If you find yourself feeling underwhelmed, a major city is likely to be relatively close by, and it can be worth the trip.


What’s the opposite of staying local? Road trip! If you’re feeling a little adventurous, grab a couple friends and family and go on a road trip. The great thing about road trips is the freedom of choice you have, both in terms of time and location. Be sure to plan out your route and see what stops are frequently recommended by other travelers so you don’t miss any must-see attractions along the way. Encounter an unexpected scenic space or interesting venue? Make a stop along the way and take it at your own pace.


If you have friends or family in other states, spending some time with them is also a great, inexpensive vacation option. They can show you around their city or state, acting as your “tour guide” and may even provide a free room or two, provided you’ve received an invitation. Just as you know the best sights and places in your city, so will your hosts in theirs. Similar to a road trip, one of the best parts of a “staycation” such as this one is that you’ll be in control of your schedule; coordinate with your hosts to show you the best sights and locations in town whenever there is the time. Just make sure to return the favor when they visit you!


As you can see, it’s easy to make the most out of the vacation budget you have at hand, even if you don’t quite have the budget you’d like. Now that you know your options on a budget, go out there and make your next vacation one to remember!
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