We all know that May long weekend is just around the corner and that means great sunny day trips! A lot of us put off vacationing because of the high costs, but there are definitely some great ways you can hit the open road this summer without killing your budget or your debt payments.
Looking to have a few adventures for the long weekend while saving some bucks? Here’s an idea that worked for me and something we’re doing again during two long weekends this year.
My wife and I have some great friends from college that we don’t see as often as we like – and last summer we decided to change that. We all (luckily) had the May and Canada Day long weekends free of work! In early May we planned two trips. For Trip #1, they would drive in to Vancouver and stay with us (during May long weekend) and for Trip #2 we would visit them in Kelowna.
This way, we were able to feel like we had two mini vacations for the price of one!
While hosting our friends we were tourists in our own town. We showed them around, hit the popular spots and had some great houseguests. All the while, we knew that when their turn to host rolled around, we’d be taken on the same great time. Getting to Kelowna later on that summer, we spent a great weekend getting back in touch and enjoying our friends’ hospitality.
It gave us a great excuse to keep in touch with our friends, saved on hotel costs and made us all feel generous at the same time. This works great with family, old friends – or even some new ones.
When you cut costs on flights, hotels and eating out for every meal, you’ll find that your long weekend vacation budget starts to stretch much longer! And on the weekend that you’re hosting, you don’t even need to fight any of the traffic jams leaving the city on Friday, or coming back Sunday/Monday.
Got any great plans for the long weekend? Hit us up in the comments to share your ideas for cost-effective ways to have fun!
Enjoy! Now it’s time to start calling your out of town friends.
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