It is inarguable that every single working adult is going to need a vacation at some point during their career—preferably at least once a year, but in some situations, it may be difficult to accumulate those kinds of leave days.
If you are on a budget, that can make it seem even harder to find a getaway that will reset your mind while not breaking the bank. This article will outline four relatively cheaper vacation options with some guidelines to assist you in the planning process.
1: International Vacation
If you would like to experience totally new cultures, food, architecture, and history, then an international vacation might be best for you. Keep in mind that cruise ships are typically international trips with stops in other countries as well, so if you are looking for a way to keep costs under a certain number or to not have to think about money while on vacation, then an all-inclusive cruise might be a good way to go. Either way, be sure to conduct research for the best-priced flights to your destination and try to schedule your vacation during the off-season for whatever tourist destination you choose. That alone can dramatically change your budget as flights are typically one of the largest—if not the largest—expenses on a vacation. And do not forget to use your flight miles as well!
2: Road Trip
If your idea of a vacation includes the potential stresses of spending hours in a car and you enjoy detailed prior planning, then a road trip vacation might be for you. It is also possible to enjoy a road trip that is spur-of-the-moment with limited prior planning, but keep in mind that you may not accomplish as much with an unplanned one as you would with a planned one. Overall costs for a road trip vacation are much, much less than a cruise, resort, or international vacation, but be aware of the number of miles that will be put on your car and the services that you may need as a result of the trip. You can also use a gas calculator before you go so that you can estimate how much cash you will need for gas. Consider what it will cost to purchase two or three meals a day while on the road as well.
3: Sport-Themed Vacation
If you are an avid sports fan, then you know that tournaments and season games happen all the time across all sports on all levels of talent. If no games being played now interest you, get in touch with your favorite major league team and see if there are any off-season games that you could attend. Tickets have a wide price range, depending on how much you are willing to spend, so you are certain to find something within your budget. If nothing else, research your favorite stadium or sports museum and turn your vacation into an educational sporting event.
4: City Vacation
Depending on your location, it may be possible for you to take a trip to a city nearby in order to experience things that you have not been able to in your day-to-day life so far, like museums, parks, and monuments. This can be relatively low cost, depending on where you choose to stay the night and the types of restaurants and bars that you enjoy. It is worth researching Airbnb prices versus hotel prices, but do not be shocked if renting out a hotel room is much less expensive than renting an Airbnb as prices are becoming more inflated. If you can find a place with a kitchen, you can save a lot of money by making food at home but realize that you may be missing out on some of the culture and city atmosphere by dining at home. Keep in mind that this is best for couples and may not be a very safe or relaxing option with children.
Regardless of what you choose, know that taking a vacation every once in a while is critical for your mental and physical well-being. If you can manage to take a few consecutive days off each year and keep them stress-free, you will notice the difference in your motivation and productivity at work, even if you spend them staying at home and relaxing on your couch. If you decide to vacation somewhere else, know that you have options that should not break your budget as long as you plan accordingly and research.