Budget Vacation Ideas

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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
2117 posts
Buzzing bee

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sarusarunna :  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
359 posts
Helper bee

I use the app Hopper to find my flights for pretty cheap. I’ve used it a few times and all went well!

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