3 Low-Budget Vacation Ideas
Heading out on vacation is a luxury, and many people aren't able to fulfill their dreams of exotic getaways to faraway islands or explore the world by travelling internationally. While an expensive trip may not be in the cards, a low-budget vacation can be attainable for many seeking some well-deserved time off.
These low-budget vacation ideas can be just as exciting and memorable as something far fancier at a fraction of the cost. Plan wisely and you and your family may just be vacation bound sometime this year. Bon voyage!
An all-inclusive trip, most notably offered by resorts can be a great way to vacation at a reasonable cost. You pay one price and needn't worry about extra expenses while away. All-inclusive vacations generally package together meals, soft drinks, airfare, hotel stay, etc. for one fair price, no gimmicks. Some packages even factor in entertainment, alcohol, and even tips for staff. And some give a lower price for kids, making the bundled price even more enticing.
Check out All Inclusive Outletfor amazing deals to destinations such as Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and more. Opt for family-friendly, adults-only, and other options like spas, scuba, and more. They offer flexible payment plans to fit your budget. All-inclusive means you'll be sure to stay on budget without added fees and impulse purchases.
Cruising is an enjoyable way to travel and see the open waters in many parts of the world for an economical price considering what you get for your dollar. Like the aforementioned all-inclusives, most cruises offer packages which cover most or all of your vacationing costs in one fair combined price.
Depending on the type of cruise, duration of travel, room size, and location, cruising can be relatively inexpensive while feeling fabulous. Consider these superb deals offered by CheapCruises.com. They partner with lines such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity, Disney Cruise Lines, and other major cruise lines, offering discounts and packages at all price points – even for the savviest traveler watching their wallet.
Plus, as per Nomadic Matt, "Cruise lines always offer incredible last-minute deals. No ship's captain wants to leave with half the cabins empty. If you wait until then, you can find some really amazing deals as cruise lines scramble to find passengers. Plus, cruise operators always throw in some on-board amenities, free upgrades, and cash vouchers to sweeten the deal. Conversely, if you book over a year in advance, cruise lines also offer amazing low fares for early birds."
Plan your travels economically as you explore the seas in a unique way. Go for something romantic, family-friendly, or something in between. Some people who cruise once vow to never vacation any other way thanks to the great prices and wonderful experiences.
3. Tour Locally
There's no need to travel far and wide to have a fulfilling vacation experience. Take a fresh look at your city or hometown and the surrounding areas. A car trip is not only a great bonding experience, but a low-cost way to explore a variety of attractions, restaurants, exhibits, parks, museums, and more that you may have been taking for granted due to their proximity.
Make it a day trip or find a place to stay for a night or two for the full vacation experience, even if it's a low-budget motel or a camping ground. Learn more about the history and new developments in your area and realize that even home can feel like a home away from home when treated as a special place to be.
Nomadic Matt suggests, "Be sure to go to your local tourism office and get a city tourism pass. These cards allow you to see a wide range of local attractions for free or reduced prices and can be your way to see your local sites on a budget."
No language barrier, no need to over pack, and no more excuses for not becoming a local expert! Are you ready to take that long-awaited budget-friendly vacation? Check out GTFO (Get the Flight Out). Their cheap airfare to various locations worldwide will make planning your travels a breeze. Peruse the site's easy-to-navigate user interface and see where the next flight will take you!
It's time to pack your bags and head out on a budget-friendly vacation! Lots of fun doesn't have to cost lots of money.
Every time payday rolls around, I’m on top of the world. Jeff Bezos-level rich - even though I’m anything but. And then somehow the very next day, rent is due.
The cycle continues. The next payday, bills for my apartment. I find myself without a surplus of savings since I just moved and newly-furnished my apartment completely.
Even more terrifying is the looming presence of the holiday season. Halloween’s officially over and before we know it, hello Thanksgiving…and then there’s Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s insane.
I’ve been feeling very British lately. Not in a Union-Jack-obsessed, “Keep Calm and Carry-On” way. I went through that phase in 2012 with everyone else… no thank you. And it’s not even a surge of patriotism catalyzed by the Queen dying — I’m firmly team Diana and team Meghan.
Now that fall is officially here, the holidays will sweep in and I’ll have to contend with the fact that I won’t be spending them with my family in the UK. I went home to London earlier this year, so there’s not much left in my travel budget for another trip across the pond. A few domestic jaunts might be in my future, but the closest I’ll get to England this winter is watching Love Island and Love, Actually.
So in that spirit, I’ve been filling my days with content from my favorite Brits. I’m listening to all the old British rock bands I grew up listening to, patiently awaiting the new Arctic Monkeys album, and rewatching anything with Michaela Coel in it. I even shipped myself an order of British Baked Beans, so you know it’s dire.
I’ve also been watching British YouTubers like Grace Beverley — my favorite. Generally, I only go on YouTube to watch Vogue Beauty Secrets and AD Open Door videos. But I’m so glad I stumbled on Grace. Her content is a mix of London lifestyle (what lured me in), relatable entrepreneurship, and mindful productivity. I’m not a hustle-and-grind-girlboss, but as a creative person in a 9-to-5, I need all the help I can get to stay plugged in. So, the video “how to be really really really productive without getting overwhelmed” changed my approach to WFH.
Grace outlines her own productivity method: the to-do table. Instead of making a simple to-do list, she divides her tasks into a table that anyone can follow. As someone who’s survived with to-do lists for years, I recently implemented Grace’s method, and it’s revolutionized my workdays.
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I follow her routine to a tee. Here’s how it works:
Essentially, she divides her daily responsibilities into four categories: quick ticks, tasks, projects, and non-negotiables.
- Quick Ticks: Actions that take less than 5-minutes
- Tasks: To-do’s that take up to 30-minutes. Probably don’t take too much brain energy.
- Projects: Long-term list items. These help guide your priorities, even if you’re not crossing them off in one day.
- Non-negotiables: Pick 3 things each day that you must get done. This is how you’ll truly measure success.
With everything written down and sorted, next address your schedule. Meetings, deadlines, and time blocks — whatever works best for you. Write it down. Then make a pact with yourself to stick to them.
This way of categorization provides a roadmap for prioritizing your day — making you far more productive. Have you ever spent the entire day on small tasks and then suddenly realized you hadn’t moved the needle on any task? Or do you spend way too much time on tasks that aren’t a priority? No more. With your non-negotiables laid out, you know what to laser-focus on and what to dedicate energy towards.
Also, it pays to know your working style. I’m not a morning person. Yet, I have to be up and at ‘em super early. So, first thing in the morning, I march through my Quick Ticks to warm me up. I set a time limit, so I can knock out some easy wins which is totally inspiring. Then I move on to bigger things without lingering on emails or admin. For others, it might be more helpful to tackle the big things with all that early-in-the-day brain power earlier.
Grace has great tips on avoiding overwhelm and burnout. My favorite is taking more intentional breaks rather than scrolling through social media. I call this scrolling “productive” because I’m “coming up with pitches.” Oh, the lies we tell ourselves. It’s more productive in the long run to giving my brain a break with non-screen related stimuli.
Grace’s solution? Set a timer to read a real, an actual book. I’ve never thought of this. It’s a genius way to check off some books on my TBR and kickstart my creativity. After reading a good book, I’m completely inspired to write. So having books near my desk helps me step away from the computer during my lunch break for an actual reset. (And yes, the current books I’m reading are by British authors: Assembly by Natasha Brown, and Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalolu.)
In my pursuit of switching out my WFH set-up and getting my life together, I’ve engineered my workstation for success. With my new WFH essentials and Grace’s productivity technique, I’m revitalized for work — despite the fall blues and my melancholy about the pending holidays.
Here are the things getting me hyped for work and helping me crush my Grace Beverley-inspired to-do tables — no lists in sight:
Pack your bags — Southwest Airlines is having a major sale! Fares are as low as $59 one-way if you book by October 3rd.
This end-of-summer super sale is a game-changer for your travel plans through the end of the year. Summertime travel gets all the glory. But why not take advantage of your long weekends, holidays, and PTO this fall. You’ll be surprised at how much travel you can fit in. Keep the fall/winter season exciting with domestic trips that give you all the excitement without breaking the bank. All thanks to Southwest.
Here’s the breakdown:
Where can you go?
You’ll find discounted tickets to and from most airports. Sale fares apply to cross country travel, and even Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean! Whether you’re visiting a new city or revisiting your last beach vacation, this sale has fares to make your travel dreams come true.
What do the fares cover?
Southwest Airlines has multiple fare tiers, each with various benefits. Wanna Get Away fares start at $59, while Wanna Get Away Plus fares start at $89. You can also find great deals on Anytime fares, which offer priority boarding and express lanes. Then there’s Business Select tickets for a luxe experience at an affordable price point.
Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member?
You may think these sale fares are too good to be true. Is there a catch? Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member to access them? You’re in luck — anyone can attain these fares for a limited time.
But, insider tip, you should consider signing up for Southwest Rapid Rewards. With a free sign up, you earn points and miles with each trip you take. And with this sale, each dollar you spend on these discounted tix can stretch super far until you eventually earn free travel. The only thing better than a sale is free stuff.
I’ve been browsing the Southwest Airlines site, checking out flights and dreaming.