5 Surprising and Affordable Summer Getaways

5 Surprising and Affordable Summer Getaways

Take Your Next Trip Without Regrets

It’s no secret that Americans are going into debt to take vacations. A 2017 survey by LearnVest revealed that 74% of vacation-goers borrowed an average of $1,108 to turn their getaway dreams into a reality.

It’s possible to avoid this mistake, but it isn’t easy. In addition to planning ahead and saving up all year for the big trip, keep expenses low by adventuring away from the beaten path and book one of these unexpected and affordable summer vacations.

1. Bentonville, Arkansas

Bentonville is a vibrant town full of low-cost and free activities. Their biggest attraction is the Crystal Bridges Museum, which is free to visitors and features the work of well-known artists and architects.

Bentonville is also home to beautiful state parks, biking trails and lakes. Finding affordable accommodations is easy. The campgrounds at Devil’s Den or Beaver Lake are by far the most budget-friendly choices. For travelers who prefer not to camp, Airbnb accommodations start as low as $49 a night.

2. Lisbon, Portugal

Think it’s impossible to visit Europe on a budget? Think again! Lisbon is known for its affordable accommodations and inexpensive dining choices. Travelers who have airline miles to spend or can grab a killer deal on plane tickets will be pleasantly surprised by just how little they spend once they arrive.

Search Airbnb for affordable apartments in the heart of the city. Use public transit to visit historical sites like the Jerónimos Monastery and Torre de Belém. For a little over two euros each way you can visit the beach town of Cascais.

3. Park City, Utah

For nature lovers Park City, Utah is jammed packed with things to do. Camping is available in two nearby state parks: Rockport and Wasatch Mountain. The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter gives families hands-on experiences with animals native to the region.

It isn’t just outdoor fun, either. Stop by the historic Egyptian Theatre for a live performance and visit the variety of art galleries in the area.

4. Saint Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis has a lot more to offer than a visit to the arch, though you shouldn’t miss this if at all possible. The breathtaking Missouri Botanical Gardens could easily fill an entire day, especially if you think ahead and bring along a picnic lunch.

Beer lovers will enjoy a visit to the Budweiser Brewery, which offers tours to visitors during regular business hours. If you’re up for a little adventure, don’t miss the City Museum. The brainchild of artists Bob and Gail Cassilly, it’s full of interactive exhibits like an intricate underground cavern and rooftop Ferris Wheel.

5. Dana Point, California

A California vacation isn’t typically the first thought when it comes to traveling on a budget, but a trip to Dana Point is refreshingly inexpensive. Located between San Diego and Los Angeles, accommodations are much more affordable than staying closer to either city.

The nearby beach is family friendly — so much so it’s been nicknamed “baby beach.” When it comes to dining, Food & Wine has nothing but good things to say about the seafood options in Dana Point.

It isn’t necessary to give up travel when you’re living on a tight budget. With enough research and planning, it’s possible to plan a fun-filled getaway without going into debt. If you don’t have the money to travel far and want a getaway, consider a day trip to satisfy your wanderlust.

~ Here’s to Your Financial Success!