Vacations should be enjoyable — yet all too often, the expense of taking a big, long trip can make it more stressful than relaxing. But you don’t need to go all out to make the most of your time off.
You can plan an inexpensive weekend getaway that keeps your budget intact while still heading off on a fun adventure. Of course, a weekend isn’t that long, so you want to have a plan of action for getting the most bang for your buck (and time).
Try one of these three inexpensive weekend getaways that maximize the fun and minimize the cost.
Enjoy a Thrill at a Theme Park
Are you a thrill-seeker? Plan an adrenaline-packed weekend at a theme park for a raucously fun Saturday and Sunday. Two days will allow you to enjoy all the rides and activities while keeping costs in check.
While single-day tickets to major theme parks run an average of over $80 per adult, being strategic can help you save. Most parks offer discounted rates for multiple-day passes and seasonal passes (if you know you’ll be back), and some even charge less for tickets purchased online. If you’re visiting a theme park affiliated with other nearby parks or attractions, look for bundled ticket options that allow you see and do more for less. And depending on the size of your group and the ages of its members, you may also be able to find reduced group ticket prices.
Plan ahead for breakfasts and dinners and pack a few snacks from home. You may not be able to take these items into the park with you, but you can plan to exit the park for your own picnic instead of overpaying at concession stands. Just make sure to get a stamp or bracelet indicating you can return on the day’s pass when you come back from your meal.
Save even more by visiting in the spring or fall, avoiding the popular summer season. Going during shoulder seasons also means you’ll save on accommodations and flights, too. And look for savings on theme park tickets with ADP Discounts powered by LifeMart®. Access your free discounts today by going to Mytotalsource.com and clicking “Myself.” You’ll find more information about this program under the Benefits section.
Explore Your Own Backyard
You can make any weekend feel like a vacation by taking advantage of deals through ADP Discounts powered by LifeMart® and planning a fancy staycation. LifeMart® may be able to get you a discount on all of these activities:
- Dinner at a restaurant you’ve never been to.
- Tickets to the blockbuster you’ve been dying to see.
- Spa services that leave you feeling pampered and refreshed.
To plan your perfect staycation weekend, make sure you’re ready to truly disconnect not just from work but also from your usual routines — especially chores — and even the spots you typically frequent. Then, dust off your local bucket list or get new recommendations from friends and family. While leaving room for some spontaneity can add to the spirit of fun, putting time into planning your staycation will help ensure that you get the most out of your time off.
Hit the Road
Travel can get pricey, but a few savvy moves can save it from being a budget buster. Set up a price alert for a few destinations that you’ve been wanting to explore. Keep them within a two-hour flight distance, so you won’t spend too much of your weekend getaway traveling.
When you see a low fare come through, jump on it! LifeMart® can help you get a discounted rental car. During your getaway, spend your time exploring, but don’t pressure yourself to visit every attraction. Take pictures, see some sights and do some people-watching. But keep in mind that having a plan can help keep you on track. If you’re a foodie, for example, you might want to make a list of diners to stop at. If you’re a nature lover, map out the local parks and trails you want to see.
An inexpensive weekend trip can be the best way to recharge yourself for a long work week. No need to spend an outrageous amount of money — a quick getaway with a low price tag is within reach!