Small Travels On A Budget

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!

Stay Close
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.

Go Sightseeing
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!

8 thoughts on “Small Travels On A Budget

  1. guineapigtraveler August 22, 2017 / 2:15 am

    I totally agree! I always estimate an amount and then set a budget and stick to it! πŸ™‚ You’d be amazed how many people have coupons online too! I always print them off before I leave haha … recently i’ve tried to be a tourist in my own state and there is so much to see close to home! πŸ™‚

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    • BrinaR August 22, 2017 / 2:17 am

      Yes! I live in Ontario in Canada and there is so much to do here in this province πŸ™‚ you don’t need to go far to have a great time!

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      • guineapigtraveler August 22, 2017 / 2:29 pm

        I agree! Ontario is definitely on my list of places to visit! Believe it or not I’ve never been to Canada at all!


  2. Nawab Tanweer Ahmad August 23, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    The most expensive thing in travelling is Transport, especially if travelling in mountains regions where one has to hire a jeep to reach high areas.


  3. Traveling Shana November 3, 2017 / 12:32 am

    My husband and I try to take a big vacation every other year, and several smaller ones in between. I actually think that part of the fun is trying to plan it while keeping a certain budget.


  4. travelingtolove December 20, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    I love your tips! I use them all the time! And I do love the idea to travel in your own neighbourhood and on the budget!

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    • BriR December 27, 2017 / 2:49 am

      Thank you so much for the feedback πŸ™‚ I’m glad you find the tips useful!


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