With today’s busy lifestyle, many of us are feeling burned out and overwhelmed. It’s at times like these we should take a deep breath and a break from it all with a cheap weekend getaway to recharge our batteries.
There are many great ways to get away from it all without much planning or much money. Here are just a few ideas.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
You can save a lot of money by planning a “staycation” and playing tourist in your own town. Staying in your own city will eliminate almost all travel costs and renew your appreciation for the place you call home. Fill your weekend with things you’ve never done in your home town. Check out local museums, concert halls, or theaters for entertainment. Try to only eat at restaurants you’ve never been to. Apps like Yelp and Around Me can help you find places to try and are complete with reviews from other diners.
Look For Last Minute Airfare Deals
Most people believe you can only get good deals on airfare if you purchase a ticket well in advance. Though there are many benefits to planning ahead, you can get a great deal on last minute airfare. Look for early morning or late night departure times for the best last-minute deals. Using online travel sites like Travelocity and Hotwire make searching for plane tickets a snap. Many online travel sites even offer hotel and car rental bundling for added savings.
Book a Room with Airbnb
Airbnb is an awesome site where you can book a room or an apartment from other Airbnb users. Airbnb allows you to live like a local by staying in an actual apartment instead of an impersonal hotel. Hosts are reviewed by guests and Airbnb’s team is committed to ensuring your safety and satisfaction. Rooms and apartments are available in all price ranges and all over the world so you can be sure to find a place to stay at a price you want to pay.
Take a Short Road Trip
Take a short road trip to get away for awhile. Plan a two- to three-hour drive and spend the day in a nearby city. Check out local boutiques and stay for dinner. A short road trip will take you away from your day to day life without the expense of booking airfare or a hotel.
Pack a Picnic and Enjoy Nature
For a very inexpensive getaway, you could pack a lunch and have a picnic at your nearest park, or depending on where you live, the beach, or mountains. Spend some time in nature and relax with lunch and a book. Take a walk and breathe in the fresh air!
A weekend getaway is a great way to reward yourself and unwind from daily stresses. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway and start planning for your weekend now!
— By Stephanie Willingham
Stephanie Willingham is a contributing writer for a variety of industry blogs. She has professional experience in the medical and financial fields.