3 Cheap Ways to Get Away This Spring
Here are three ways to travel cheaply this spring.
As winter thaws and a good portion of the country emerges from the snow and cold temperatures, many Americans will have spring travel on their minds. Now that the warmer weather is here, plans to take a family trip or solo vacation will begin to sprout with the April showers and May flowers.
It's likely many households will have already received a federal refund check, or are due one shortly. Such cash influxes to the budget can create the space needed to get away for a couple days to a sunnier or more scenic locale with food, sights, attractions and the promise of memories to be made.
However, those perusing airline tickets or perfecting their itinerary ought to keep in mind strategies to control the costs. Vacation is all about letting loose — but still keeping a tight hold on finances. That doesn't mean nixing travel entirely, it just means finding a cost-effective destination, means of travel and allowance for discretionary spending. And here are three cheap ways to get away this spring to start you on your way:
Camp at a national or state park
Hotel rates can get pretty steep this time of year, so avoiding or minimizing lodging costs is one way to save. You can do just that by opting to camp at a national or state park. Take in all the beauty of the outdoors on a family hike, or even a single kayak. Whatever way you choose to enjoy these beautiful parks will offer a substantively different experience than the normal spring break routine. You don't have to camp out each night, remember, and there's other recreation and entertainment available in the surrounding areas.
Visit Canada or Mexico
Want to experience the culture of a foreign locale but don't want to spend hours on a transoceanic flight? Look no further than our neighbors to the north and south. There's less logistic border-crossing hassle and fewer expenses on average, especially if you drive. Plus, there's tons of things to do, whether you opt for whale-spotting and skiing in British Columbia on Canada's West Coast, or witness the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. A favorable peso-to-dollar exchange rate can help you save even further.
Take a long-haul train ride
Trains in America aren't just roaring subway lines and jam-packed commuter cars. There are several affordable long-haul routes for train aficionados, small- town-America enthusiasts and all other takers who want a different kind of vacation. Not only will you pass through scenic landscapes like mountain ranges or the Alaskan coast, but you'll also get to stop in towns along the route to get a taste of diverse cultures and Americana, like local museums or historic landmarks. Use time on the train to catch up with family, read a book, play games, watch a movie or just sleep.
There are a number of ways to get away this spring on a cost-effective basis, and these are just a few starter tips. If interested in more about your personal finances and how you can best save and pay for a trip, contact a local Vectra Bank rep today.