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Planning a Weekend Getaway for Under $500

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Are you stressed? Do you need a boost of energy? You may be overdue for a getaway. After the holiday season, you might want to lay low and rebuild your savings, but that doesn’t mean that trips have to be off the table altogether. With some smart planning and budgeting, you can enjoy a quick getaway without breaking the bank. Here are some key components to planning a small vacation on a budget.

Finding the Right Place

First of all, you will want to consider just how far away you are looking for your destination. Is there a bus that will take you there? A train? Plane? Can you drive there? What’s the cheapest out of all those options? If getting there alone seems a bit too overwhelming, you might want to reconsider your destination.

Finding the right place to vacay could be the most difficult part of all, simply because there are many factors on the line. Airbnb places tend to be cheaper but there might be fees that will push the total price way up.

Use multiple websites such as Expedia, Hotwire or go straight to the actual hotel’s website to make your booking. Scour those Airbnb listings and contact a couple of places before making your decision. So, whatever you do, make sure you do plenty of research!

Also, check out Groupon! They have great deals on hotels that usually offer all-inclusive packages such as free continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and possibly even hotel credits  to go toward extra services.

What Can You Do in the Area?

Before booking anything, you will want to take note of what is walking distance or a short Uber ride away from your destination. You can look for museums, cool cultural events, tourist sites, and cheap local eateries. There will most likely be plenty of fun things you can do that will allow you to stick to a budget. The key is to plan ahead.

Create a list of places and include the distance from the hotel.  If you have travel companions, share this information with them and take a vote on where everyone wants to go.

Plan Your Departure Day

Plan your departure day at least two days before, because the day before you’ll most likely be doing too much running around to think about your departure the next day. Get everyone together and discuss meeting spots, what times to set alarms, a possible wake-up call and food options. These little things can easily become big things if they are not discussed beforehand. Last-minute surprises sometimes means last-minute expenses. Lastly, be sure to enjoy yourself so you feel like it was money well spent!

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