Weekend Getaways

plsying in waterDon’t assume that a little relaxation and adventure is out of your budget. There are so many inexpensive things to see and do. Of course a lot depends on what you enjoy. I am going to list some different ideas below. Not all of them will appeal to everyone, but that’s what makes us unique as individuals.

Check out the ones that might interest you and just skip over the others. There should be something for everyone and of course it also depends on what your budget allows.

1. Go Camping– Camping doesn’t cost a lot and it’s a good way to get back to nature and to have  family time without all the distractions of televisions, computers, and if you go far enough, no cell phones. You can invite other family and friends if you want to. Enjoy campfires, talking, telling stories and really getting to know each other. Sometimes with all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we actually don’t know so many things about our spouse or children. This is a great way to relax and just listen to each other.

2. Go to The Beach- How expensive this is can depends on how far away from a beach you are. The beachgood thing about going to the beach is it is practically free. Play in the water, snorkel, build sand castles, lay in the sun, play volleyball or frisbee, fly kites, bring your own bike or skates and hit the boardwalk.  You might have to book a room for one or two nights, and grab a couple of meals, but you don’t have to pay a dime for activities.

3. City Sightseeing – If you choose this activity, you don’t want to stay in the city. The cost of places to stay, plus parking fees are anything but cheap. If you stay in a neighboring suburban city, it will cut your cost tremendously.

4. Bed and Breakfast- If you are looking for a Romantic Getaway or even just a new experience, you should try this. You get a private room and personal service. Most B&B’s are located off the beaten path, so it’s usually quieter and more peaceful of an atmosphere.

fair5. State Fair- If you pick the right time, you can normally buy arm bands which will let you ride most rides as much as you want. If it’s out of town, you might want to rent a room, but if this is the case, don’t stay in the same town and book your rooms early.

6. Mountain Getaway- There are many activities that won’t cost you a dime. You can go on scenic drives, rock climb, walk the trails, mountain bike, canoeing, and I’m sure you can find other things you would enjoy. There are certain times of the year when you can actually find cabins very reasonable. Having a kitchen also makes it easy to prepare meals just like you would at home.

7. Book a Last Minute Cruise-  If you live close enough to a port you can book a last minute cruise and get it at a very discounted price.  For example, a four-day, three-night cruise shipBahamas cruise from Miami, Florida starts at $179 per person. Not a bad deal considering that this price includes food, entertainment, activities, plus a weekend in the tropics.

8. Road Trip To Nowhere- Pack the car, hit the road with no destination in mind. Check out the different cities and tour the landmarks. When you are tired of driving, check into a Motel. Wake up the next morning and start your adventure again.

9. Time Share Weekend. – You have to set through a presentation that you know you are not gonna purchase, but if you are looking for an inexpensive getaway, this is great. The resort will comp for your week-end visit or discount the regular room rate. Sometimes they even throw in vouchers for dinner and tickets to local attractions.

10. House Swap- Maybe you live in the city and you would like to spend the week-end at the beach. Maybe someone that lives at the beach would like to come to the city for the week-end. Why waste cash on a motel when you can just swap houses. Driving will be your largest expense, because you always have the option of preparing your own meals.


12 thoughts on “Weekend Getaways”

  1. Vacationing for me is a camp fire, a poker stick, a creek nearby, and no other people for a mile…heaven! but I suppose a cruise would be ok too. thanks for sharing so many ideas for budget conscious vacations.

  2. Good job Martyn. I would like very much to hear from you, once you return. I hope you and your friend have a great time and I am so excited for you.

  3. Hey, this is a great site, thanks to your website me and my girlfriend are doing a house swap with some people we know down south never thought of that idea before thank you for the creating this site I will be using it regularly. Martyn.

  4. Camping is definitely a great way to spend the weekend. It’s inexpensive and fun. Not to mention the little adventures you experience.

    Great post as usual!


  5. This has given me some great ideas, I’m always looking for new ideas for travelling around – I’m bookmarking! Thank you 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing such great information. I just enlightened me on how a cheap weekend getaway thing I could try which is a home swap.

  7. When my wife and I were young (before kids) we loved weekend getaways! We did the “Trip to nowhere” quite often. We would just get in the car and drive…no plan on where to go and what to see. We figured we’d explore whatever was out there. I miss that. Kids and work get in the way now.

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