Three Vacations on a tight budget
Most people want to take a break from the real world for a little bit and go on vacation. Eating different foods, experiencing new locations, and getting away from the ordinary rejuvinates you and creates memories that last for years. Sometimes, however, you just don’t have the money for a vacation, no matter how hard you search for deals on plane tickets and hotel rooms. When that happens, you have to get a little creative in order to still get that vacation experience.
Camping is a cheap alternative to a regular vacation, and you can still get the adventure and relaxation of a pricier trip. You can go on hikes, build a fire, and relax at your campsite. If you’re not the biggest nature person, parking at a maintained campsite or even in your own backyard can keep you from feeling too far away from the world. If you have a truck or a flatbed, you can even bring a large amount of pallets and other wood with you to keep you warm and full of s’mores, even on chilly evenings.
Bring a hammock and a book so you can spend time relaxing, or some games to play with the family. A couple of days of camping, light hiking, and feeling toasty by a fire can be wonderful as well as incredibly inexpensive. All you need to pay for is the gas to get there and the park fees if there are any (and you can often get around those by watching for free days).
Checking out local sights
While most people automatically feel that a vacation means traveling far away, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Most people have interesting sights, museums, or events that happen near their homes, but never get to see them. Take some time to research what’s nearby and you might be surprised by what you find. Take a day-trip out to see something new. You get the fun experience of sight-seeing, but you don’t have to pay the expense of a flight or a hotel; you can even pack a picnic and avoid paying for meals, too.
Crossing something off your bucket list
If you’re low on money, take a day to create a “bucket list.” Write out a big list of the things you want to do in your life, from some very big things (“Ride down the Nile in Egypt”) to some things that are pretty small (“Bake a cake from scratch”). Once you have a list, you can have fun trying to cross a few things off the list. Pick a day to sit down and learn how to knit or read that book you’ve been promising to get to forever. You and your spouse can go out fishing together or build a giant sandcastle. There are hundreds of fun things to do, even if you don’t have the money for the big stuff yet.
Just because you don’t have much spare cash doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life. Parks, libraries, and public facilities are full of exciting opportunities, and the Internet is packed with new things to do and try. Take some time to look for new experiences you’d enjoy and plan out ways to have fun without the cost of a traditional vacation, and you’ll find yourself in a better place mentally and financially.
Photo credit: Camping by Andy Roberts/flickr
Author Casey Stevens is a landscape consultant and writes for truckertotrucker.com, a site featuring all types of Trucks For Sale, from box and dump trucks to trailers and flatbeds. The choices include all areas of the country, such as these georgia trucks.
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