5 Vacations You Can Still Afford to Take

Been dreaming of taking a luxury vacation where you’re waited on hand and foot? Are your funds for such a trip less than desirable? Don’t fret; you can still afford to take a vacation! Okay so maybe you won’t necessarily be waited on hand and foot (unless your significant other is up for such a job), but it’s better than nothing. There are literally hundreds of trips you can take that won’t break the bank. Sites such as Groupon.com, Orbitz.com, and Kayak.com are valuable in that they provide great deals at prices you can afford. Why pay full price when you can pay half price, right? Let’s take a look at 5 vacations you can still afford to take.

    1. Camping: Load up the station wagon and find a local state park or any other area that’s safe to camp at. For a small fee, you can sleep under the stars and experience the beauty of the wilderness around you; state parks charge anywhere from $5-$50 per night. If the woods aren’t your cup of tea, search for parks near the beach. Even if you have to travel an hour or two, the traveling cost will still remain low. Factor in food and drinks for the duration of your camping trip and come up with a total cost; what you’ve got is a cheap, fun vacation where you get to spend most of your time outdoors. You don’t need an online accounting degree to realize that it can’t be beat.
    2. music festival: There are literally hundreds of music festivals and concerts going on all year all throughout the country. Search online for such events and make a weekend out of it. Going on a vacation doesn’t mean that it has to be a weeklong event; a few days will suffice. Find quaint bed and breakfasts to stay at, which usually tend to be cheaper. No, it won’t be glamorous or high-end, but it will be an adventure and remain in your memories, so it’s worth it.
    3. Channel Your Inner Scholar: Search online for museums, aquariums, zoos, etc. Pick the one that interests you most and then find some cheap places to stay; this is where sites such as Groupon.com come in handy. After visiting the museum, walk around and explore the city you’re in. You’d be surprised at how invigorating it can be to discover places you’ve never been before. Plus, you’ll be getting some exercise as well. Bonus!
    4. Cruises: Didn’t think this would make the list, did you? Well, it’s true; you can take a cruise and not break the bank by doing so. Cruise lines such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer 3 or 4 night cruises at an incredibly low price of around $500, which includes everything but alcoholic drinks, if you should choose to indulge in those. Expedia.com is well known for its cruise deals, but you may want to search around some other sites for deals as well. Even going to the cruise’s home page may offer some bargains. Also, depending on where you live, you may have to factor in airfare or a fuel cost to get to where the ship departs from.

cruise ship travel

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  1. Group Vacay: Gather a group of friends and go in on a house for the week together. Go to the beach, go skiing, go to a town where you can explore some breweries- you get the idea. Splitting the cost with everything- the house, groceries, fuel (if you’re driving to your destination), etc. will definitely cut down on costs for everyone. Make sure the rules of cost splitting are in effect before you get there, however; sometimes people can “forget” to chip in for something.

Kristy Kravitsky is a Pennsylvania State University graduate with a degree in English. Her future plans include traveling the country and continuing to pursue writing.

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