Last Updated on August 30, 2018
The traveling season is here, which means going short distances could also be extremely expensive, even if you stayed in your own city.
July and August are the months when we want to have the most fun, explore the world, and melt our skins away. So what if I say you can still have a great summer without having to break your bank account?
It is known that in order to have fun, you have to spend a lot of money. But we have found for you some ideas that will change your mind for sure, because not only you will enjoy your time, but you won’t even have to think a lot about the time or money situation.
Be a tourist on your own
Have you ever tried a staycation? It could be truly fun, but don’t just stay home with your PJs and binge watch Netflix. Instead, you have to wear your most comfortable outfit and go explore the city from the perspective of a tourist.
You can try new restaurants, meet foreign people, and you can even stay in a hotel room for one night or in an Airbnb that you always thought was beautiful.
It is a great way to get you away from your everyday routine, especially if you are stuck at work and can’t have a proper vacation this summer. Just change your mindset, and you will see the city in a whole different way.
Rent an RV
There are thousands of RV parks around the country and many services that help people enjoy the RV life. So instead of wasting so much money on flight tickets and hotels, you can just use half of it to rent an RV where you can sleep, cook, and travel to any State you want.
So just look for an RV that suits your pocket money, find your campground, then hit the road. It will truly be an amazing experience, especially if you took a special friend with you who can watch the stars with you in the middle of nowhere.
If you think the RV life is too fancy for your taste, then backpacking is an option that you might truly like. Plus, it will cost so much less.
Consider a weekend when it is okay to disappear, pick everything you need (and more!) in your backpack, buy (rent or lend from a friend) a tent, then start your journey of exploring, exercising, and living life to the fullest.
You will be amazed by all the things you will discover about nature and yourself.
… or geocaching
If you need something to distract you more and let you explore something new, then geocaching is the right thing for you. If you haven’t heard of it before, then let me explain:
Geocaching might seem like a virtual reality thing, but it is the real reality where you can hunt treasures. With a couple of equipment, geocaches hide and seek containers, creating a free game for everyone.
You will have the chance to search for things that other people hide while being active and distracted in the wild. It is a great way to break the routine.
Do a house swap
House swapping is a great way to travel somewhere and have a new place for free. You can manage to make a deal with someone, let’s say, he/she lives in New York while you live in San Francisco, or you can even be living in the same city. You can explore your options by going through the house swapping websites.
You will be saving so much money during your vacation, just make sure that your homeowner’s insurance policy is capable to cover any issue that could arise when someone is staying at your place.
Be a voluntourist
Voluntourism is the perfect way to visit many great places while donating your time and energy on your vacation. Not only you will get to do some good in the world, but you will also have the chance to meet new people who share the same interests as you.
Another great thing about voluntourism is that it doesn’t cost much at all. In fact, you will be the one learning something new and great in the process.
Do a summer share
How perfect would it be to rent a house on a lake or a house this summer? It is, obviously, one of the greatest plans on how to spend your vacation. But the only issue is the fact that you don’t have the funds.
So why not plan it with your friends, family, or both? Not only it will be cheaper, but you will also have a blast spending your vacation with the people you care about in one of the most beautiful destinations.
Visit friends and family
If you decided to stay in the house of a family member or a friend, they may charge you for the room. But we don’t want you to be an annoying guest, so maybe staying for one weekend or even just 5 days could be enough to change your routine, have some quality time, and enjoy your vacation with your friend.
Those are the people who make our vacation cheaper and travel easier. But don’t forget to invite them back and to never charge them for anything because that will just be rude.
Hit the beach
Hitting the beach could be the cheapest thing you can do during summer, especially if you are living near one. You can even be economical and cook food at home that you can take with you. Call all your friends and hit to the beach for a quick swim and a tan.
When the water and sand meet, you can create a new memory whether during the day or by night.
Be a house sitter
One of the best ways to break your routine and earn some cash – at the same time – is by being a house sitter. There are many services that can give you the information on people who are looking for someone to watch their house while they travel.
One of the best services is TaskRabbit or you can just let your co-workers and friends know that you are available to be their house sitter while they are out of town. You may end up living in someone’s home that has a pool all summer long, and you will even make cash out of it.
After all, make sure to use your creativity and cleverness to enjoy your summer, even if the money is a barrier. It is your vacation and you deserve to live the way you want.