Planning A Budget-Friendly Weekend Trip: The Best Tips
No matter what we have going on in our daily lives, it’s sometimes important–and good for our health–to plan a getaway and relax for a little while. It’s not always easy to do, but starting with a good plan will help you make the most of a weekend without breaking the bank. Small trips are, in fact, the best way to take a timeout and put some distance between yourself and a long workweek, because they often don’t require much money or travel time.
The key is to give yourself time to plan. Many weekends trips are taken at the spur of the moment, but it’s best to have some prep time so you can do a little research and make the most of your budget. Take a look at your destination and figure out what your expenses will be; for example, if you’re going to the lake for a weekend on a boat, you won’t need much more than sunscreen and food, but touristy locations will require some spending money.
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Keep reading for some great tips on how to plan a budget-friendly weekend trip without breaking the bank.
Do some research
Knowing what to prepare for is half the battle when it comes to taking any kind of trip, and that includes short weekend excursions. Do some research before you go to find out what you might need when you arrive; for instance, if you’re headed to a campground, you’ll need grilling or other cooking components besides just food. Some campgrounds provide these; others don’t. If you’re headed to the mountains, look online to see if you can expect to hit winter road conditions, and have a supply of winter driving essentials and entertainment on hand in case your held up by an avalanche or stuck in traffic.
Look for travel deals
If you’re headed someplace that you can’t get to in a car, look online before you book your flight to see what kind of deals are available. There are many sites that specialize in travel discounts–from airfare to hotel rooms–and some work in conjunction with a credit card or AAA membership. You can also plan your trip for an off-season date, meaning a weekend that isn’t often traveled.
Set up your pet for comfort
With so many people owning pets these days, it’s no wonder that more and more pets are coming along for the ride when it’s time to take a trip. It’s not always feasible to bring along your animal, however, and for these times, it’s important to set up the best accommodations for him while you’re gone. This will prevent anxiety on his part and will give you peace of mind at the same time. Look for a local pet sitter or pet boarder who can stay with your little one and give him one-on-one attention while you’re away.
Travel with friends or family
One fun way to save money on a trip is by inviting some friends or loved ones along to split the cost. When renting a cabin, Airbnb, or condo, this is the best way to go, because it allows several people to join in on the fun for a lot less money. It’s also a great way to get some time to yourself if you’re bringing the kids along, as the adults can switch off with one another when it comes to childcare.
Planning a budget-friendly weekend trip doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. Take some time to make a good plan, and consider what you’ll need to make the trip a success. Short jaunts don’t require many clothes or accessories, so you can pack light and focus on having a good time.
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