By Shannon Hanrahan • August 28, 2014
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler as fall quickly approaches, forcing us to leave behind the magic that is summer. What is a better way to kiss the final days of the season goodbye than with one final getaway to unwind and reenergize? So while the rest of the world is getting back-to-reality,we have come up with some ways for you to escape without stretching your wallet.
Get in touch with your outdoorsy side and head to a local campsite! This is a great way to spend quality time with the family, without being tempted to overindulge in spending. Do your research so that you know where the best place is to book your campsite, and then just take care of the arrangements online. Pack up the car with your fireside must-haves and hit the road for some one-on-one time with nature.
If you have family that lives within driving distance, go visit them for a long weekend. Depending on your family, it may not be a relaxing getaway that some look for, but it is definitely a great opportunity to get away from your every day routine and catch up with loved ones. You have a free place to stay and the ability to explore a new area. Just make sure you don’t overstay your welcome. Try chipping in on some meals or at least the cleanup as a thank you.
Tourist for A Day
How much do you actually know about the city that you live in? Instead of traveling to a new city, act like a tourist for a day in your own. Whether you want to just walk around by yourself or participate in a guided tour, it is a great opportunity to learn something you might have never known before. Brushing up on your facts is also a helpful tactic for when you have visitors in town that want to be shown around. Study up so you can impress!
If you want to talk about smart vacationing, think about offering to housesit. Getting the opportunity to stay somewhere for free while the house owner is on vacation is a great option whether you are staying close to home or traveling to a destination. You may even be able to score a job housesitting, which would allow you to have a paid vacation! Either way you save on accommodations and have a more private experience.
Sometimes having zero plans is the best way to unwind. Go to the library and stock up on books and movies to last you a few days, and then swing by the grocery store on the way home to get your favorite food and snacks. You definitely don’t have to travel across the country to get the rest you need. If vegging out isn’t your idea of fun, then treat yourself to an at home spa day and a nice dinner. The possibilities are endless, and you won’t have to leave the house or spend much money at all.
No matter where you travel for your last hoorah make sure you have the right stuff packed by checking out our travel essentials checklist. We wouldn't want you to miss out on anything! Share with us your favorite budget-friendly escape below!
Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).