We all need a little rest and relaxation, but what if you don’t have the funds? We’ve collected a few affordable vacation ideas that will allow you to get away on a budget.


If you don’t have the money or time for a getaway, try being a local tourist! Visit local art galleries or museums, go to a waterpark, or go to that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. You can truly be as thrifty as you want with this one. Short on ideas? Search online for “fun things to do near me” for ideas or ask friends what your area has to offer. 

Road Trip 

According to Forbes magazine, two out of three travelers said they intend to take a road trip in 2019. With flights getting more and more expensive, road trips are an affordable alternative to travel. Road trips also offer more flexibility to be spontaneous and it’ll likely be easier to get around at your final destination. While you’re on the road, be sure to make a pit stop to explore small towns along the way or take a photo at interesting landmarks. 

Make your road trip even more affordable by buying gas when it’s cheapest. Fuelcaster is a free online resource that predicts whether the price of gas will rise or fall. Before you leave for your trip, check to see if you should fuel up before you leave, or while you’re on the road.

Go Camping

Explore the great outdoors and go camping! Not into tents and sleeping under the stars? Try “glamping” instead. Glamping offers more modern necessities if you don’t want to give up things like electricity or running water. You can rent a cabin, use an RV, or even find an affordable outdoor resort.

If you and your family enjoy taking a lot of road trips and camping, it might be worth investing in a motor home or travel trailer. *Bonus tip: Chartway offers recreational vehicles loans with affordable rates.

Take a Weekend Trip

Sometimes getting away for a few days is all you need to recharge. While it might not be as refreshing as a week-long vacation, it will be easier on your wallet. Check out destinations close to you that you’d be interested in visiting for a mini-vacay on a budget. You might be surprised how affordable a weekend getaway can be.

Make Your Own Meals

Dining out can get expensive while on vacation, especially if you’re feeding a family. An easy way you can cut costs on your frugal fieldtrip is to make at least one meal a day at your “home away from home.” You can also bring snacks while on your adventures, so you’re able to resist the temptation of going out to eat.

If you can’t afford to travel Europe or spend a week in the Caribbean, these cheap vacation ideas may be a perfect way to escape on a budget.


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