Jet Setter, Go Getter, Nothing Better!
The long hard winter is over and summer is right around the corner. It's about time you to take a vacation and it's not too late to start saving. Everyone deserves a break to recharge, relax, and seek the great unknown.
I have always said that I have a severe case of wanderlust but feel like I can't afford suave vacations that I see on travel blogs and Instagram. Well here's the thing—you can go anywhere you want if you plan, research, and save a few bucks a day.
Looking for a girls weekend, 4th of July getaway, or fall break options? Here are 5 affordable vacations that are calling you by name.
A week in Croatia can cost you about $1,050 (per person) which means you only need to save about $12 a day for 3 months.*
Croatia has a very seasonal demand. The main season runs from July to August. That means that the cheapest times to go are in June and September. Why? Because it is still warm, which means you'll get to lounge by the beach, and you won't be overcrowded with tourists. Beachside bungalows in Hvar start at as low as $49 USD per night. With all the cash you save from accommodations, you can spend on excursions like a wine and bike tour of the Croatian Tuscany.
Turks and Caicos Islands
A week in "the Turks" roughly $900 (per person), that's about $10 a day for 3 months.*
If you're the kind of person who like to be on 'Island Time' then Turks and Caicos is perfect for you. Aside from lounging around on the beach all day, Turks and Caicos has a lot to offer. From bright and colorful boutiques to whale watching and snorkeling to sunset cruises, Turks and Caicos really does have it all. This is an underrated travel destination for sure. Private houses go for as low as $85 USD per night.
The biggest thing you will need to purchase for a trip to Turks is a plane ticket. Although it's a common thought that traveling to the Caribbean is steep, Scott's Cheap Flights can get you anywhere in the world for almost nothing. For example, you can fly roundtrip from New York to Paris for about $250 USD (originally over $900 USD) through Scott's Cheap Fights—not bad.
An escapade to Thailand can cost you about $1,150 per person for whole a week, so you only need to save about $20 a day for 2 months.*
You can travel in Thailand on a "backpacking budget" of about $30 USD a day (which is €27 or £20). This assuming you'll stay at a low priced Airbnb or hostel and avoid eating at touristy restaurants. If there is one thing I love, it's food—and Thailand sure does have a lot of it. Skip the over priced dinners and dine at local eateries or street stalls. Get a good dose of cultural immersion—cook for yourself with fresh native produce from a local Thailand market.
One of the best annual events in Thailand is On Yi Peng Festival in November. Each year thousands of lanterns are released into the night sky. Sounds perfect, right? Want to know what else sounds perfect? Staying in a tree house for just $36 USD per night.
A long weekend in Aspen? About $1,100 for two people, that's $17 a day for 2 months*
Sure, the Kardashians vacation in Aspen but who says you can't? There is a way to live like a royal in the Colorado mountains without breaking your bank. Travel to Aspen in January after the holiday crowds have vanished or in February when ski conditions are optimal and costs are low. If you aren't a big skier and would rather visit Aspen for it's scenic look outs and good vibes, try the Glenwood Hot Springs which were previously used by the Native Americans. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority provides public bus service from Aspen to the hot springs for about $7.
Check out this Airbnb in Aspen's Ski Village for just $89 USD per night! Booyah!
A long weekend in San Diego can cost you around $700 per traveler, it will only take you about $6 a day for 4 months to save enough to go.*
The perfect vacation doesn't always mean traveling half way around the world... the best vacations can sometimes be right in your back yard. Have you ever heard of glamping? If not, let me enlighten you. Glamping is the "glamorous" way to go "camping." Want to get the full glamping experience? Take a weekend getaway to San Diego where you can rent a safari tent or sailboat for $100 - $200 USD per night.
This would be the perfect romantic long weekend for you and your significant other. Just think about it—being on the water with nothing but the ocean, good vibes, and maybe a glass of wine... or two.
These all sound amazing, huh? Well the even more amazing thing about them are that they aren't out of your reach. With saving a little everyday, you will be well on your way to having an adventure of your own. Here's a bit of inspiration—the only trip you will regret is the one you don't take.
*Estimates based on airfare, accommodations, food, and excursions.
Sophia Zigmond / Writer