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.

 

 

Tips For Making Your Luggage Carrying A Little Easier

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When it comes to getting up and heading off to a new land – albeit for only a week or two – there are a bunch of things that come into play. You need to have every formality handled, you need to be mentally prepared, and you need to make sure everything is packed. There are many other factors that come into play, but those three are pretty significant for holidaymakers and travellers alike. 

The point about packing is and will always be one of the most important issues for someone travelling to another part of the world. It can be quite a tedious affair, and you can be left annoyed if you don’t get everything right. Packing and making sure you’ve taken what you need is one thing, but the process of hauling it all around for miles and miles isn’t something everyone enjoys either. It’s all worth it when you reach the destination, but shifting the luggage around isn’t fun, right? 

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be as grueling as perhaps you might think. There are a few little tricks you can do to lower the strain on this particular workout. Here are a few ideas for you:

 

Plan Your Routes Out Beforehand  

If you know where you’re going, then you don’t have to worry about going the long way round when it comes to finding wherever it is you’re staying (or heading to next). Knowing a few shortcuts or being able to get to where you want to without hesitating is always going to be a bonus. Also, look at public transport routes as they’ll do you a huge favor – anything that means less carrying for you would be delightful. 

 

Don’t Pack Impulsively 

The more you have in your small or large cases will determine how difficult the journey will be, of course. If you have lots of essentials, then, by all means, pack them. If you’re feeling a little generous and want a few more luxury items on board, perhaps you should rethink and double-check what you’re doing. Sometimes a few things can stay at home!

 

Look For Something That’s Nice On The Hands 

When it comes to actually bringing in a suitcase to carry your items in, perhaps you should look at the ergonomic value of it. Something that costs very little or something that looks nice might work for you, but the novelty might wear off quickly when you realize that it’s not helping your poor fingers or spine. 

 

Find A Place To Store!

You don’t have to carry your luggage absolutely everywhere you go. Fortunately, there are places in big towns and cities alike that will take your stuff and store it for a reasonable fee. Places like stasher have properties scattered all over the place, and that will absolutely help you if ever you feel you need a rest!

 

Build Up A Little Strength! 

We’ll end on this small point. It’s something that will be able to help you with these particular issues, but it’s also something that can serve you well going forward, too. If you make yourself a little stronger than you are now, then you’re going to handle this kind of physical challenge a little easier. You’ll be mentally prepared for it a little better, too!

 

How to make your Airbnb listing stand out

If you are in the Airbnb management service industry, you need to make sure your Airbnb listing stands out from the rest. There’s usually a lot of competition amongst Airbnbs, so paying extra attention to your listing may be the edge you need to give your vacation rental property the boost it needs. Gone are the days where it is super easy to stand out. Nowadays, the travel accommodation market is fierce and you have to think outside the box to keep up.

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If you wondering how to get your Airbnb listing to stand out, here are some tried and tested tips you may find very useful –

Take stunning photos

Like with many things online, visuals are very important in the Airbnb management service industry. It is best to get a professional photographer to take great shots of your rental property. The quality of the photographs have to be really good to get the attention of many travellers. So this is not an area you want to mess around with. The more photos you have, the better, so get your photographer to snap every detail of the property and show them all off.

Get the description right

The description is another important part you need to pay special attention to when listing a vacation rental property. It may be best to get another professional to handle this bit for you if you are not good with stringing words together. A good copywriter will be able to write a unique description with a title that pops! A good description will include the property’s amenities as well as all the important information about the location of the property. If you had a lovely Airbnb in a fantastic location like Cannes, you would want to include all the amazing facts about Cannes in your description to attract the interested travellers.

Be honest

There is a thin line between being honest and being dishonest. Many people cross over that line on a daily basis especially in business. It is one thing to show off the amazing things about your rental property and it is another thing to simply lie. When it comes to getting your listing to stand out, show off your best parts but don’t exaggerate or make things up.

Set competitive prices

Having competitive prices is a good way to get more travellers interested in your listing.  Ensure you set your prices to reflect the changing demand, with fluctuations throughout the week and year.

What do you look out for when viewing Airbnb listings? Which country would you like to visit next?

 

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