Post # 1
Hi all! I’m looking for any and all budget vacation ideas. I live in the the Northeast US.
My SO and I are trying to figure out where to go on vacation later this year (probably September or October). We want to keep it relatively cheap because I’m buying a house this year and we’re also going to get engaged this year (probably late summer or fall for both). Next year will most likely be our wedding and our honeymoon to Japan. So we have a lot to save up for. But we still want to go on vacation because last year my SO had an injury and we didn’t really do a vacation.
Anyway – I’m really open to most anything, as long as it’s budget friendly. We went to Greece two years ago, and while that was amazing and we’ll definitely be returning one day, we’re looking for something a little cheaper than that. We were able to make Greece pretty budget friendly when we went, but flights were still kind of expensive and we’re not looking to spend quite that much.
We like to relax on vacation, but we also like adventure and site-seeing and culture. Greece was perfect for us in that way because it had lots of beaches but it also had great hiking trails and great site-seeing and a lot of culture. We’re not into the “party” scene but we definitely enjoy our wine and beer. We’re also not opposed to something like an all inclusive resort, as long as we can also go outside of the resort and experience the real culture of the area.
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions/experience sharing!!
Post # 2
What is your idea of budget friendly? Is there a $$$ limit?
Banff, Canada can be pretty budget friendly IMO. Costa Rica you can get away with $2,000, maybe slightly under. If you are trying to stay in the country, Savannah GA, Charleston SC, New Orleans LA, Appalachian Mts, Colorado….
Post # 3
Well it depends on how budget you want to go, but I think going to a national park is always a great “budget” vacation because you can just do so much with little upfront cost– like park entrance fees and a picnic lunch and you’re set for the day! I personally think out West in the Summer is the best. Yellowstone, Glacier, Tetons… Utah of course. Lots of water activities too (I’m thinking of Glacier NP; Lake McDonald) so you get that warm, water aspect to it!
Another option would be the PNW– at Olympic you could do beaches, rainforest and mountains all in one park! Then go through all the cute coastal/sound towns to Seattle and do the touristy but really fun stuff like the Space Needle and wine country there
If that’s not your speed, there’s New Orleans. Lots of culture, history, food, and relatively cheap flights in/out and a lot of hole in the wall eateries that are budget friendly. You could also rent a car and head to Gulf Shores, AL for a few days to get some good beach time in. It’s about a 2.5 hr drive from NOLA and you can take the coast the entire way– take a ferry across Mobile Bay. Anyways, that’s another thought but also really affordbale. There’s a lot of cute artsy towns (Fairhope, AL) along the way if you like that sort of stuff
Not sure where in the NE you are, but doing a light house tour in Maine is something on my bucket list and there’s all kinds of tours online that offer groupon rates that are really cool! Some of them also provide all the transportation and set up lodging, I’d look into that!
Of course there’s all inclusives in Mexico or the DR. For 2-3k you can basically go and not pull out your wallet the whole time you’re there.
i love Florida, we go a lot but you can VRBO a nice place basically anywhere in that state and there’s so many direct flight options in because of Disneyworld. I like the panhandle, but also down the west coast of FL has some beautiful beaches!
Post # 4
I use the app Hopper to find my flights for pretty cheap. I’ve used it a few times and all went well!
Post # 5
I don’t have an exact budget it mind. Probably under $600 for the plane ticket (per person), under $150 per night stay, and then cheap options for eating and activities. Ideally well under those prices. Thanks for your suggestions! I hadn’t really thought of those places so I’ll def look into them.
A national park is a great idea! I’ll have to look into that further, I’ve never vacationed at a national park. The PNW is a great idea, my SO’s sister lives in Portland so we could visit her a couple days too. I love the idea of NOLA too, thanks for the suggestions of the other things I could do around there too! ME is a good idea too, I would love to do a lighthouse tour. I’ve definitely thought about all inclusives too since it makes things easier. Florida is def in the running too, I’ve been to Orlando but nowhere else in the state.
Thanks I’ll have to check that app out!