Deciding on a holiday destination can be one of the hardest things to do when planning a vacation. A probable reason for this is the number of factors that come into play. The number of people involved, your budget, the time you want to spend vacationing, etc. Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t need to have an overload of cash to enjoy a nice holiday. You can have a nice getaway at a considerably low budget without having to break the bank.

The sole purpose of a vacation is to unwind, relax, let loose and have some fun. It does not have to be a costly affair. Here are some ideas on how to vacation without splurging.

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It is not surprising that people rarely transverse different parts of the countries they live in. Almost everyone is guilty of this at some point in their lives. Before you think about international travels, find some great spots in your own country that you have never visited before; you will experience so many wonders waiting to be uncovered.

If you decide to sight see, check yourself into a guest house to have a change of environment. Otherwise, staying at home may be an excuse to do any other thing than sight see. It also creates a feeling of adventure and thrill when you decide to do this. Get yourself some city tourism passes at your local tourism office to experience multiple local attractions for free or at reduced costs.


There is nothing comparable to laying on the beach with the perfect weather. You may prefer to engage in water sporting activities such as snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, etc. A swim with the dolphins would be such a memorable experience as well.  For family vacations, you can opt for beaches with restaurants, amusement parks and arcades for the kids and yourselves too. Make sure to choose an all-inclusive resort to get value for your money.


The best things in life come free to us, right? Being outdoors is a great chance to experience some beautiful scenery at very little or no cost. You will admit that nature and its landmarks do have a calming effect. You can decide to drive around your region, and you will be surprised at discovering some things for the first time.

National Parks

National parks are a great vacation choice especially if you don’t want to spend a considerable amount of money. There is so much to do and see that will blow your mind away. The drives where you get see the wildlife, nature trails, mountain climbing, camping, etc. Park fees fall in the range of $15and $40. In some places, camping on public lands is free. If camping is not your thing, most parks have cabins that you can choose instead.

Cruise Ships

To get a great deal on cruise ships, make sure to book very early in advance or at the very last minute. You are likely to get a bargain as they are normally quite expensive. They go for $600 and above per person for just a small room. Booking at least a year in advance will get you a significant reduction in the fare. Last minute deals go down as far as half the normal price. Booking other types of tours also work the same way; you get up to 20% discounts at the last minute.

Other cruise ships offer ridiculously low rates of up to $30 per day. If the prices drop after you have made a booking, you may get partial refunds or vouchers for food or drinks.


This is one of the major stressors in vacations because of the exorbitant prices charged by decent or good hotels. It can eat into your budget and suck the fun out of your entire trip. Some people may have found a way around that, and they call it house sitting. You get to live in someone else’s house while they are away which is pretty awesome and convenient for both the house owner and yourself.

Try to be creative when seeking for vacation options and destinations. You may decide to go to totally different locations that are unheard of instead of the same old famous destinations. Deviate from the common path and reward yourself with an amazing, unprecedented experience. Combine that with an off-season visit, and you will save yourself a whole lot of money while gaining new exciting experiences. There is so much information available online on cheap deals, discounts, etc., that you can take advantage of.