A romantic weekend getaway, planned in advance, offers fun and excitement for couples of all ages. Filled with action, adventure, and entertainment, a short excursion is often what it takes to get someone to fully relax and leave their troubles behind.
Work and family obligations as well as day-to-day stressors make it hard for people to fully relax. That’s why scheduling cheap weekend getaways for couples are essential for a relationship filled with health and happiness.
Last year, my wife and I went to southern Ohio for a relaxing weekend getaway. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing those two days were.
The point is, find a place to go so you can relax. The best part is, you don't have to spend a ton of money, either.
In this post, I'll show you some ways to save money on travel, as well as give you the top 10 cities with affordable weekend getaway options.
Ways to save money on travel
There are a number of different ways to travel on a dime. Weekend getaways don't have to sacrifice comfort for the sake of saving money.
The following list of tips help you plan an inexpensive weekend excursion for you and your loved one:
1. Go during the offseason
If you live in an area with tourist attractions, it may not be in your best interest to visit them during peak season. Not only will you have crowds to deal with, you’ll also pay full price for everything you decide to do.
If you can wait a few months until it’s off-season to getaway, you’ll experience less traffic, shorter lines, and deep discounts. You’ll get better accommodations, greater access to sights, and cheaper tickets to sports events, shows, and theme parks.
The Huffington Post also recommends booking getaways on holiday weekends because it gives you an extra day or two to enjoy yourself.
2. Think outside the box when booking accommodations
You don’t have to stay in a four-star hotel to enjoy yourself. In fact, you and your significant other have many options where cheap lodging is concerned.
Look for bed and breakfasts in the area that offer discounts to locals or stay in one of the quirkier places listed on Airbnb.com. Why pay for a boring hotel when you can sleep in a RV, yurt, treehouse or sailboat?
Most hosts provide a long list of amenities as well such as free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and use of a pool or hot tub. You can also sign up for home exchange programs.
Swap your house out for another in a neighboring city when the time is right. Someone gets the luxury of visiting your city and home while you get to visit their city and home.
3. Convene with nature
If you love the Great Outdoors, you’ll love The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. It’s your ticket to over 2,000 federal recreation sites and covers entrance fees and standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands for up to four adults.
The pass is good for an entire year, costs $80, and is available to anyone. Members of the military and the disabled are able to get an annual pass for free.
4. Use coupons to score even bigger deals
If you plan far enough in advance for your weekend getaway, you’re likely to save a lot of money on expenses by using daily deal sites like Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com. Both offer significant savings on lodging, package deals, food and drink, and entertainment.
Make sure to read the terms and conditions of each deal before purchasing it, however, because some bargains are only good during certain days of the week or certain times of the year.
5. Eat off the beaten path
Don’t be afraid to visit hole-in-the-wall restaurants and mom-and-pop-style shops for the best food bargains. Not only are these places quaint and less crowded, they offer cheap prices on menu items making them one of the smartest ways to save money on a cheap weekend getaway.
Almost all offer some type of house special. If you’re adventurous and want to eat something new, try what they offer as you may find yourself planning another trip just to eat at the restaurant again.
6. Get app happy
HappyHourFinder.com offers a free app for iOS and Android smartphones and mobile devices that allows you to find happy hour deals anywhere in the United States. You have two options for viewing results.
The first is to view of list of happy hours in list format. The second is to see the listings on a map. Best of all, you get all the details needed to plan a fun day with your sweetheart.
Before committing to any travel plan, think about what you’ll need while away and find the cheapest way to pay for it. Make it your mission to save on everything you possibly can (fuel, lodging, food, entertainment, souvenirs) so you’ll have money to plan the next weekend getaway.
You’d be surprised at how little money you can travel on these days by planning ahead, making the most of coupons and discounts, and staying away from ‘tourist traps’.
Cities offering the most bang for the buck
Location is everything. If you live in a big city, travel to the country for savings. If you live in the country, find a place geographically feasible for weekend travel. Many offer free events, discounted lodging, and inexpensive but filling meals.
Travel and Leisure names the following U.S. cities as the most affordable getaway options. They are:
If you’re fortunate enough to live close to one of these affordable cities, you’ll find a long list of no-cover-charge events, fun festivals, and budget-friendly dining, arts, and theater options.
Go to a city’s chamber of commerce webpage (linked in the list above) and look for the calendar of events. You’ll find detailed information and coupons that help you reduce costs of your meals and tickets even further.
Cheap weekend getaways for couples provide just enough time to relax, rest, and recharge your batteries. It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to be beneficial. There are plenty of ways to cut costs and still enjoy a two-to-three-day excursion.
Keep your mind and your options open. You may not get a vacation for another couple of months but that doesn’t mean you and your significant other can’t enjoy a weekend away from home.
What kind of weekend getaways have you done with your significant other? Please share below!