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5 Vacation Ideas on Even the Tightest Budget


Just because you don’t have a lot of money doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a great vacation. Try these 5 vacation ideas that will work on even the tightest budget. You deserve some time away from daily life every once in a while.

Take a Staycation


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No money? No worries. Instead of travelling for your vacation, take some time off work and explore the things that you never get to do in your own city. You might discover:

  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Historical sites
  • Zoos
  • Parks

Many cultural organizations also have free and discounted admission days. That way, you can save your money to get a taste of the nightlife that you normally avoid because you have to get up early for work.

Use a Travel Site to Find Good Deals



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Traveling costs money, but it doesn’t have to cost so much money. Look for discount vacation packages that make it cheaper for you to visit new places. Some of the packages that you find could include:

  • Airfare
  • Hotel rooms
  • Rental cars
  • Cruises

When you combine your travel costs into one package, you can often get more for your money. Don’t let a light wallet stand between you and a good time.

Take a Short Road Trip


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Sure, gas isn’t cheap. But driving for a few hours costs a lot less than buying a plane ticket. Find a small town, forest, or attraction in your region that you have never visited. If you can drive there in about four hours, you don’t even need to rent a room for the night.

To really save money, pack a picnic lunch for your day trip. Taking a break in the middle of your drive to eat in a grassy field could end being the highlight of your day.

Experience the Great Outdoors


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No matter where you live, you can probably find a campsite that lets you pitch your tent for $15 or less. Many primitive campsites don’t even charge you anything. You just have to make sure you set up away from designated trails.

During the day, you can hike the wilderness, watch birds, and study interesting plants. At night, you can cook dinner over an open fire, tell ghost stories, and fall asleep under the stars. That’s a great vacation that practically costs nothing at all.

Crash With Friends


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Hotels can cost a lot of money. Staying with friends can slash your vacation expenses, giving you the opportunity to travel more and enjoy more activities.

If you choose this option, make sure you don’t over-stay your welcome. Even a few days can tax some people. Also, you should leave a gift to say “thank you.” A nice bottle of wine, some chocolates, or flowers will show that you appreciate the hospitality… and they cost a lot less than a hotel room.

Do you have any other vacation ideas that could help you get away without spending much money? Get creative to find fun solutions that will make the vacation memorable instead of miserable.


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  • These were really great ideas! Money is tight in most families. That’s one reason the staycation is becoming a popular alternative to the traditional vacation.


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