How to Have a Classy Yet Affordable Vacation
September 22nd, 2020 by David Martin
Everyone loves to go on vacation, and most everyone loves to go on extravagant vacations. However, hardly anyone loves to pay for them. Fortunately, there are several ways you can enjoy your time off work and experience some luxury without paying a fortune. Here are some ideas about how you can create a lavish experience without breaking the bank.
You may not immediately consider taking a cruise a frugal vacation option, but when you take food, lodging, entertainment and transportation into consideration cruises can be a very affordable option. This is especially true if you’re willing to travel to a different city for departure. For example, cruises from Melbourne are generally much less expensive than those that leave from New Zealand. You’ll want to do some cost comparison to see if leaving from a different location will make a significant difference, but there’s a chance that you can save a couple of hundred dollars if you’re willing to travel more. Some people discredit cruises because they prefer to explore different countries on land. However, almost all cruises dock in coastal towns during portions of the trip and allow passengers to leave the ship and explore. You can also see so much more on a cruise ship than if you went to a single destination. Rather than flying to one Caribbean Island you can take a Caribbean cruise and see all of the islands in one trip. Also, just think about how much you would pay for a single Broadway play. Cruises offer free entertainment every single night for their guests.
There may not be a better example of affordable extravagance than glamping. This relatively new phenomenon involves the traditional components of camping – such as sleeping in the outdoors and enjoying an evening campfire. The difference is that you’ll most likely enjoy a luxurious and comfortable bed and you don’t have to make your own fires. Glamping allows you to enjoy living outside while enjoying the comforts of a hotel. You also don’t need to worry about packing up your tent, sleeping bags and air mattresses. Everything is provided for you, including fresh bed linens. There are several different kinds of lodging options, depending on your preference. You could sleep in a yurt, cabin or even a teepee – and you’re all but guaranteed to have electricity and running water nearby. There is also a huge array of destinations – from ocean beaches to mountains and everything in between. As one can imagine, some glamping options can get pricey, but the majority of them are far more affordable than any 4-star hotels you can find online.
It’s true, most people don’t want to use their vacation time to stay at home. This is understandable. However, when was the last time you really got to enjoy all of the unique treasures of your own city? Many people never take the time to visit all of the tourist destinations that are available to them every day. Having a staycation means you can enjoy all those things you always think you’ll do but never make the time. Anyone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area can enjoy Alcatraz Island, Lombard Street, the iconic cable cars, the Embarcadero, the Ferry Building and Ocean Beach. A couple of days in Portland, Oregon could include visiting the Japanese Garden, International Rose Test Garden, Powell’s Books, Voodoo Donuts, countless local breweries and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. If you don’t spend any money on travel or hotel rooms, you can use your money to dine in fine restaurants, drink delicious wines and pay admission to some spectacular spots.
Vacations don’t need to be expensive to be lavish. Lots of people are getting creative about how to get the best value out of their money these days. Maybe you can’t afford to go to a premiere spa during your time off, but you can certainly host a spa party at your house and invite over some close friends. The most important thing is that you enjoy your time off, and there are many ways to do just that.