Vacations are a great way to check-out of your daily life and allow yourself some relaxation and recovery from day-to-day stress. It can, however, be stressful thinking about how you will fund your vacation. Don’t let a tight budget get in the way of your get-away!
Here are some tips and tricks on how to have an awesome (and budget friendly) vacation.
Small Weekend Get-Away
My husband and I live in New York state. We love taking trips to the Thousand Islands in the summer because it’s not only relatively close to us, but is also incredibly beautiful. Here are some things that we do on our weekend and long weekend trips to the islands.
- We usually rent a camping site at Wellesley Island State Park- there are so many gorgeous camping sites available right along the water. Tent camping is a super cheap way to travel, but they also offer a few cabins if you prefer. Camping season is from May 5th – October 8th, but cabins and cottages are available year-round according to their website. There may even be discounts for scheduling out-of-season. I will link their website below.
- Plan your meals ahead of time. If you plan your meals before your trip and pack food accordingly, you are less likely to have to find grocery stores while you are out or go out for dinner (which saves money!)
- Bring a hammock! This is your opportunity to relax without the distractions of housework or day-to-day responsibilities. Make sure you put time aside to just lay in your hammock (or sit in a camping chair) to read a good book, write in your journal, or just enjoy nature.
- Research local events/exhibits that may be available during your trip. In many cases, if you plan ahead, you could find a coupon code to save money at that museum, festival, or concert you are looking at. We went to Boldt Castle on one of our trips and although it was a bit costly between the boat ride to the island and then tickets for the castle, we packed a lunch and made an entire day out of exploring the time capsule. I will link the castle’s website below if you want to check it out for yourself.
- Enjoy free activities! When we go to the thousand islands we always make sure to go swimming (or tubing) at some point in our trip. I love to swim, but never make time for it in my daily life, so this is a great opportunity for me to relax and enjoy something that I love.
- Additionally, keep your eyes open for places near where you are staying. We accidentally came across this awesome organic farmer’s stand on one of our trips and ended up buying a bunch of beautiful/delicious/cheap produce that we were able to enjoy throughout our trip.
WELLESLEY ISLAND STATE PARK https://parks.ny.gov/parks/52/details.aspx