Tips for Weekend Trips That Won't Break the Bank
Sometimes all you need to reset yourself is a weekend away. Unfortunately, many people
worry they can't afford a weekend trip and still manage their bills. However, with a bit of
research and ingenuity, you can plan weekend trips that don't break the bank.
Taking Care of the Business
Business owners and entrepreneurs need to make special plans for their absences. Doing
so will not only ensure your company continues to run smoothly but also provide you with
peace of mind while away. If possible, look to hand day-to-day operations over to someone
trustworthy and reliable. This may be your second-in-command or a business partner.
If handing over day-to-day operations isn't possible, temporary delegation is the next best
thing. It's true your employees may not be able to complete specific tasks as well as you
can; however, if an employee can do a job at least 80% as well, it's acceptable to delegate it
to them. This is, in fact, good small business practice.
If you work a regular job, you may not need to plan for your absence—unless you work
weekends, that is. If you work weekends, be sure to put in your vacation notice at least two
weeks ahead of time. If possible, a month's advance notice is typically preferred.
Finding Budget-Friendly Lodging
Saving money on lodging can make a considerable dent in your vacation costs. One option
is to go camping instead of staying in a hotel. Camping can mean staying in a cabin, tent, RV,
or pop-up camper. KOA is a chain of campgrounds that offers a variety of lodging options
Alternatively, check reliable deal sites for offers on lodgings. Examples of such sites include
Groupon and Living Social. Sometimes you can even find travel packages that include
lodging with transportation or activities to save up to 50% or more on the total cost. If
using these sites, remember to read the fine print to review restrictions on how you can
use the travel packages.
If you can't find deals for your destination and aren't much of a camper, consider budget
hotels. Many hotels offer clean accommodations for reasonable prices, but you'll need to
look around to find them.
Save on Meals
Eating out for three meals a day during vacation can cost a small fortune. Thankfully, there
are many ways to eat on a budget while traveling. Try packing some of your own food. You
can have a picnic lunch when you arrive at your destination. Also, pack your own sodas,
juices, and water so you don't have to grab them from a convenience store.
Is there a restaurant you've been dying to splurge on in the location you're traveling to?
Have lunch there instead of dinner, since this is a cheaper meal. Online reviews left on
websites such as Yelp or TripAdvisor can also help you find affordable local eateries.
Weekend Trips on a Budget
A weekend trip may be just the thing you need to give yourself a reset. Fortunately, there
are many ways you can take these short trips without breaking the bank.
Guest Post by Emma Grace Brown
Author's Bio: Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules, and it works! When she's not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don't have to mold themselves to conventionality.
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