5 Budget-Friendly Destinations for a Weekend Trip

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Going on a trip doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you can go somewhere and splurge on a luxurious hotel room and dine out at the finest restaurants, but you can also go on vacation and have just as nice of a time and spend a fraction of the price. You just have to choose a budget-friendly destination.

Certain cities are more expensive than others, so if you’re traveling on a budget, you have to keep that in mind. Don’t let the fear of the cost of a trip stop you from treating yourself to a much-needed weekend getaway. If you’ve been wanting to travel but don’t want to break the bank while doing so, check out these 5 budget-friendly destinations for a weekend trip.

1.   Cancún, Mexico

You might think that a trip to Cancún has to be expensive, but that’s not necessarily the case. You can actually travel to this gorgeous island at reasonable prices, especially if you go during slow seasons. Travel during late spring, summer, and fall and you’re likely to find some great travel deals. Then once you’re there, all there’s left to buy is food and drinks and you can spend the rest of your time lounging on the beach.

2.   Charlotte, North Carolina

Going on a weekend getaway to Charlotte, North Carolina and looking for some affordable things to do? No problem, there are tons of cheap and even free things to do in the city. For only $5, you can enjoy live music at The Evening Muse, and for only $6, you can go on a hike at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. You can also find flight deals from Charlotte, NC starting at $115 round trip, making it the perfect destination for a short weekend away.

3.   Finger Lakes, New York

If you want to spend your weekend getaway relaxing in a cabin overlooking the hills, check out the Finger Lakes in New York. The Finger Lakes is only a four hour drive from New York City and is the perfect destination if you want to get away from the city but don’t want to travel too far. You can easily rent a car from New York City to get there and be on your way to a relaxing weekend in no time.

4.   Gulf Shores, Alabama

Located at the southernmost tip of Alabama, Gulf Shores is the ideal vacation spot to relax on the beach. Whether you go for summer vacation or for spring break, the weather at Gulf Shores will still be good for sunbathing and swimming. As for accommodation, you can find tons of affordable hotels or get a vacation rental and go with friends and family.

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5.   Las Vegas, Nevada

Although Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glam, you can absolutely go and not spend all that much money. There are plenty of free things to do in Las Vegas. You can check out The Arts Factory and the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, both of which are completely free. Just make sure to not spend too much when you go to the casinos.

Treating yourself to a weekend trip away doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to pick a destination where you can explore and have fun without spending much money. Any of these cities are great budget-friendly destinations for a weekend away. Whether you want to lay on the beach in Cancún or walk around the Las Vegas strip, you can’t go wrong with any of these places. So go ahead and treat yourself to that weekend trip that you’ve been dreaming of.

 

 

How To Have An Enjoyable Trip To London

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London is a spectacular and attractive place to visit. It’ll be a trip to remember when you put the following tips into action. Your travels will go smoother, and you’ll have a better experience when you prepare and plan ahead.

There are a few steps to take if you want to have an enjoyable trip to London. You want your time and money to be well spent and return home satisfied with how it all played out. Once you arrive, be sure to relax and go with the flow, and don’t let a few obstacles stand in your way of having an excellent and fun trip.

Do Your Homework & Plan

You can have a more enjoyable trip to London when you do your homework ahead of time. It would help if you took the time to research the best times of year to visit London and what you may want to see and do. Get to know their language in advance and what currency to use when you arrive. Pack light and bring along your camera to document your trip in detail. It’ll also help to set a budget for your trip so you can plan accordingly and won’t have any regrets when you return home.

Choose the Right Accommodations

One aspect of visiting London that will make or break your trip is your accommodations. Choose an elegant and inviting hotel and area such as the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush that you know won’t disappoint. They have it all including, being near shopping and close to restaurants and bars, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour gym to keep you healthy while you travel. You’re going to want to be right in the midst of all the action and fun, so this hotel will be suitable for you on your trip to London.

Create A Loose Daily Itinerary

There’s so much to see and do in London that it can be overwhelming. Therefore, create a loose daily itinerary that you can follow when you arrive. You want to make sure you prioritise your list of what you want to see and do and then plan for how you’ll get around from one place to the next in a timely fashion. London is a very walkable city so you can plan to bring your comfortable shoes and travel on foot a lot. Although you want to stay busy, also remember to schedule some downtime where you can enjoy your hotel and put your feet up and relax.

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Plan for Eating & Drinking

You’ll definitely want to commit to trying new foods while on your trip to London. There are a plethora of restaurants and bars to check out and enjoy while you travel. Check out the reviews online ahead of time to get a better idea of what’s popular and worth trying. Mix it up by visiting a cafe for lunch one afternoon and getting dressed up to eat at a fancier restaurant the next night. You’ll be eating and drinking your way through the city, so it’s another reason why you’ll want to have a gym at your hotel.

 

New and Improved Bucket Lists

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The ongoing coronavirus situation has affected just about every facet of modern life. It’s made things that were commonplace unthinkable, and things that were unthinkable commonplace – and it’s done so in a matter of months.

One of the casualties of this period of change is the concept of a bucket-list. What fun is there in composing a list of things that you’re not going to be allowed to do for months?

Travel restrictions have brought the global tourism industry to a standstill. But the change probably runs deeper than that: we’ve all been given time to reflect on what’s important in life and what isn’t, and the likelihood is that this will effect our travel decisions long after the situation has cleared up, and some semblance of normality has reasserted itself.

So how might the bucket lists of the future look different?

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Domestic Travel

The gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions will come in many stages – and some countries will doubtless progress faster than others. It’s certain that we’ll be free to move within the country before we’re able to move outside of it, and thus the next holiday you go on will almost certainly be a domestic break. This shouldn’t be viewed as a drawback: the United Kingdom is packed with gorgeous tourist attractions. You might visit a Cornish beach in August, or go on a hike through the Highlands of Scotland.

Any bucket list should account for what’s local and available – after all, you can pack in dozens of domestic trips for the same cost of one that takes you to the other side of the planet.

Environmental Concerns

A related issue is the environmental cost of long-haul flights. The lapse in global travel has caused a huge drop in global emissions – which many of us will be unwilling to contribute toward reversing.

One-off holidaymakers aren’t, on the scale of things, the worst producers of carbon emissions: most air miles are actually racked up by a minority of frequent fliers, and so we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much over our flying habits. With that said, any step you can take to reduce your personal environmental impact is surely going to be a worthwhile one. A train from Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour will allow you to see just as much as a plane to somewhere more exotic – and at a fraction of the environmental cost!

 

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