Coming home from a vacation can be tough. Not only are you going back to work, but you know it is going to be three, six, or even twelve months until your next trip. But for people who can’t take extra time off from work, there is always the option of the weekend getaway. Here are three suggestions for the next time you need to get out of the house but only have a couple of days.
Visit State and National Parks
There are more than 7,800 state and 58 national parks in the United States. Chances are there is a park close to where you live. Parks make for a wonderful weekend getaway because they are relatively inexpensive, with tent and RV sites available for as little as $10 a night. They offer a lot of activities, from hiking and climbing to canoeing and fishing. If you don’t like sleeping outdoors, many parks offer cabins that will sleep multiple people. With nearly 250,000 campsites and over 8,000 cabins throughout the park system, you’re certain to find a good fit for your next weekend trip.
Negotiate Your Rate
If you ever wanted to visit a certain bed and breakfast or little boutique hotel but couldn’t afford their rates, don’t despair. Many hoteliers are willing to negotiate within reason. This is especially true for independent owners during the slow season. 2015 is on its way to setting hotel occupancy records in the U.S.-but that record rate is less than 66%. This means that roughly a third of the time, on average, a hotel room is empty. Most, if not all, hotel owners are more than happy to discuss lowering their rates if they have a good amount of empty rooms. The trick is to be flexible with your plans. Call the hotel you would like to visit the day before you want to check in. By that point, they will probably be more amenable to a rate reduction than if you call a few weeks in advance.
Consider Staying Closer To Home
It may seem silly to have a weekend getaway in your hometown, but it can really be a most relaxing trip. Many hotels will attempt to keep their rooms full during slow times by offering special rates for locals. In some cities, restaurants do this as well. Instead of driving three hours Friday evening after work, you can drive across town. You will be out of the house, so there will be no guilt for not doing the chores or paying the bills. You can enjoy amenities from the hotel such as room service and the spa. It can also be a wonderful spur-of-the-moment getaway that you can surprise a loved one with.
In conclusion, vacations shouldn’t be once or twice a year. They should, and can, be as often as you like. Any of the three weekend getaways discussed above will offer rest and relaxation. And none of them will be very hard on your wallet.
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