We all look forward to summer vacation but sometimes worry about the cost. Particularly if you’ve had a spate of unexpected bills we can end up feeling a little depleted of funds. There are though some great summer vacation ideas that won’t break the bank. Try a few of these suggestions.
Try a staycation
Often overlooked when considering alternative summer vacation ideas is the so called staycation. The staycation involves, as you would imagine, staying at home for a week or so and trying out all the local or nearby attractions. It’s amazing how many great attractions there are right on your doorstep, from water parks to dinosaur museums to local festivals which are common throughout the summer months. The activities you can do on a staycation are really only limited by your imagination. You’ll see your area completely differently on a staycation.
Go on a cruise
This suggestion may at first not seem a cheap option, but the amount of fantastic deals you can find on a cruise holiday can be quite surprising even shocking if you’ve always assumed cruising is the preserve of the rich and famous. If you book at the right time some real bargains are there just begging to be picked up, and the great thing about a cruise is that all your accommodation and food needs are taken care of in the price. You may have to pay extra for alcoholic drinks, but even so there are many package options when on board that will save you money. Remember, too, that cruise ships provide great on board entertainment, which will save you money when keeping the family entertained.
A road trip that doesn’t cost the earth
A road trip doesn’t have to be long and expensive to be fun, and what better way to feel that sense of freedom than taking a road trip? With careful planning, perhaps arranging to stay with family or friends, or maybe camping as you go, you can save plenty of money. If you insist on staying in hotels on your short adventure, planning ahead will mean you can get the best deals when it comes to budget accommodation en route.
Beneath the canvas
What better way to get back to nature than camping? National and provincial parks usually have plenty of options for setting up camp and there are plenty of activities, too. Everything from swimming, cycling, star gazing away from city lights, and of course barbecuing, all can be great fun and cost very little. There’s no doubt, camping vacations will leave you some treasured memories.
Go last minute
Not to be overlooked is the good old last minute vacation. You can grab some real bargains if you’re prepared to drop everything last minute and are flexible about destinations. Check out various websites that deal with last minute bargain vacations and you could be jetting off to foreign climes much sooner and more cheaply than you thought possible. You might even find all inclusive options which work out to an even better value for your money.
Away for the weekend
A well planned weekend getaway can be just as rewarding as a two week vacation. Again, last minute bookings can see some real bargains. Whether it be relaxing in a spa hotel or perhaps a cabin overlooking the lake, flexibility could see you saving up to 50% of the original price.
No doubt there are other ideas you can think of when it comes to summer vacation ideas that won’t break the bank. Applying one of these tried and tested suggestions could be just what you need to create treasured memories for years to come.
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