After coming home from a week long vacation somewhere I often find myself very tired. Last fall, my husband and I traveled for a few days to Florida, where I was born and raised. We packed a lot of activities and visits into a few short days. When I got home I was very frazzled! I love spending time with everyone but was so tired from the running here and there. I did enjoy some quiet moments with family just “hanging out” but they weren’t often enough! This happens when we have too much to do in too little time.
After all the fun of a vacation ends and you are back at home- you likely have spent a pretty penny and need an extra rest day just to recoup! Going to Florida with just my husband and I cost us nearly $2,000 when the trip was over with. With air fare, hotel, rental car and extra expenses (we need to eat!)- it tallys up fast. When we return again this October, we will be staying with family and borrowing their car to get places we want to visit while there. That should definitely help cut down costs!
Sometimes the long vacations farther away are necessary- like visiting family, and sometimes attractions you want to go to just require a big vacation. But for those times when you really want to get away and your big vacation is far off in the distance- a shorter, close-by vacation is just the ticket!
Is there a small town nearby you’ve always wanted to dig into a little deeper? I live in central Kansas in the largest city in the state and there are so many neat small towns around me. One in particular is Yoder, Kansas. A small Amish community- and they have a bed and breakfast there! For $80 a night or so, my husband and I can have a short day or two getaway nearby.
By doing a short day or weekend trip, you experience a vacation in what it probably was really meant to be- relaxing! Since a close-by vacation is more frugal, you can do it more often!
Here are some tips to set up your first close-by vacation!
- Look on a map and pick a city/town you would like to travel to. This can be small or big- it’s whatever is in relatively short (3 hours or less, give or take a few) driving distance and a place you would like to visit.
- Figure out a place to stay in that city/town. Ask your friends, call the city chamber at your destination to get their recommendations, do a search online about the city and any places to stay there (a bed and breakfast, a hotel, etc.).
- Figure out what days work for you to plan your trip! Whether you just have one night you can stay or a long weekend, pick the dates then book it!
- Fill up the gas tank and go.
Don’t worry about your computer. Pick some CDs to sing along to in the car, or a book you can read out loud to the family (or a marriage book with your spouse!), and don’t plan much else! Once you get to your destination, check in to where you are staying, relax and settle in a bit, maybe take a nap (LOL) then go explore your new vacation spot. Meander around and just go with the flow. And when you get home from your trip, you won’t need another vacation day to recoup!
Have you ever taken a short vacation nearby your home? How did you like it? Any tips to add?