Taking a weekend getaway is a great way to refresh, and it doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out the Sherpas ideas for ways to travel on a budget. Be a tightwad traveler… it’s a good thing!
Need a little time to just get away, but don’t have a lot of money to spend? Change it up this weekend by inviting a friend and getting out of town. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, and it can improve your attitude, while putting some fun into an otherwise step and repeat weekly routine. Try these inexpensive travel friendly ideas on your getaway adventure.
Finding a place to stay:
- Stay with a friend or a family member. Offer your place when they travel to your area in exchange for staying at their place. Offer to bring your own sheets, towels, or air mattress to make it as easy as possible for them.
- Any hostels in the town you are heading to? These are inexpensive places to stay and you often meet other interesting people. Airbnb’s are another affordable option.
- Camping can also be a fun adventure – even if you just sleep in your car.
Food and eating:
- Pack a lunch – Bring a cooler with you. Pack some food or stop by a grocery store when you arrive and prepare some or all of your own meals. Going out to eat for every meal quickly drives up the cost of traveling.
- If you are eating out, eat during non-peak times. Use ‘happy hour specials’ when food and drinks can be up to 50% less. Talk to locals about their favorite places to eat. These may look drab on the outside or be located off mainstreet, but often have excellent food at reasonable prices.
Stuff to do:
- Find free or low cost events in the area you are traveling to. Many cities have some great parks to see, greenbelt pathways to walk or bike on, or museums to visit. Google their websites or stop at visitor centers to find local events.
- Talk to the locals once you have arrived. They always have the inside scoop on inexpensive and great places to visit, eat, hike, or things to do in the area.
- Many larger cities offer a “city pass”. Once purchased, it provides discounts to many of the big attractions and will save you money.
Getting here and there:
- Traveling by car? Get some friends to join you and split the cost of fuel. You could also use social media to find people to share rides with. Heading to a big city? Parking costs can be astronomical. Park in a neighborhood or park-n-ride and use mass transit. Uber, Lyft, or other ride share services can also be used to get around once you are at your destination.
- Want to fly? Book you tickets on Sundays to find the lowest fares. Last minute deals are pretty unusual these days. Best prices are generally found 3 weeks to 4 months before the flight departs. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly. When searching for flights, use incognito mode in your web browser to avoid the fares going up each time you look.
Want some SWAG?
- Looking for some souvenirs? Check out local thrifts shops when traveling. Many times you can find gently used souvenirs at a fraction of the cost of buying them new.
- Want a shirt? Stop by the big box retailers. They often have locally marked clothing for less than the city center shops.
Take a Hike:
Pick a spot you’ve been wanting to visit, choose the dates and go down the list. Use some of the tips above to have more fun for less money. #haveablast
Remember, if you are staying with friends, make sure to clean up after yourself just as you would expect if they were staying with you.
Some of the most memorable trips we have taken are when we have spent time getting to know the locals.