Like most people, we cannot afford to live from our laptops and travel the world every week of every year. We love to travel, but it does come at a pretty penny. We aim to do two bigger trips per year, and by bigger trips we mean a new destination we have never been to before that is outside of our country and ideally outside our time zone. So how do we fit in smaller trips on a budget?
Set A Limit
Most of my extra cash from my pay or any bonuses I get will go towards saving for a big trip for Marco and myself. I don’t like to cut into these savings too much as I want to make sure we are able to afford our much-needed getaways. When planning smaller trips I do set a limit for the amount I want to spend and try really hard not to go over this limit (sometimes you just have to). For example, I will set $300.00 as my limit for a weekend away and this forces me to stay at cheaper hotels and really look for deals.
Look For Sales/Sell-Offs
You can usually find cheap last-minute deals on hotels or look for sales or coupons for events, attractions or restaurants you want to visit. Again, never be ashamed of saving money! Use all of the coupons you can get your hands on. Pro Tip: If you are going as a couple you can sometimes find two-for-one deals or “couple dinner and show” type packages to save some big bucks!
You can have an amazing week or weekend away from home without going too far from home! The further the destination the more expensive your travel is going to be. We drive nearly anywhere but gas can still get costly. From Ottawa, it is a two-hour drive to Montreal and a five-hour drive to Toronto. Both of these cities have plenty to offer and they are far enough away from home that we feel we are getting a true break away from routine. The hotels are not overly expensive (depending on where you stay of course) and then cost in gas is reasonable.
Sightseeing is FREE! Unless you choose to get a guided tour, walking around and taking photos is absolutely free once you have arrived. You can easily check out the internet for hot places to see or directions and you can walk about at your own pace. I personally love just walking around, checking out the sights and snapping some great photos to add to my Insta collection.
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Do you do anyone of these? Will you do any of these? Drop us a comment below, we would love to hear from you!