Spring is almost here, and if you’ve only got a few days to spare it can seem like there are few vacation options. Luckily, there are plenty of activities that can make for a fantastic, budget-friendly weekend.
Be a tourist in your own town. What's special about your city? What is it known for? You don't have to hop on a plane to "see the sights!" Try visiting a museum or exhibit you’ve never been to, or take a self-guided tour of the historical landmarks in your area. Many museums offer certain days in which the public can go for free or for a discounted rate. Call the museum or check their website for these dates.
Send your taste buds packing. Gather your friends for a truly international evening. Choose a country you’ve never been to and research their most popular foods. Have each person bring a different dish, decoration, or drink that’s truly unique to this place and immerse yourself in a new experience.
Pick your own fruit. Many fruit farms open their grounds to the public at some point in the season, and for a flat fee you can fill up a box or basket with fresh strawberries, apples, or other delicious fruit. Visit www.pickyourown.org to find a “pick your own” farm near you. Continue the fun at home by making a homemade pie or canning your own preserves.
Go on a road trip to nowhere. Destinations are overrated. Grab your family or friends, some snacks, and hit the road. Give yourself a timeframe and work from there, and then stop wherever you want! You never know where the scenic route will take you! To get the most bang for your buck, pack your camping equipment or use an app like Hotel Tonight to book a last minute room at a fraction of the original cost.
Learn a new skill. What have you always wanted to learn, but never set aside the time to do? Give yourself permission to focus on that skill and immerse yourself in learning it. Take a class at a community center, participate in an online webinar, or dive in to the “how-to” section at your local library. Learning a new skill takes time and practice, but you’d be surprised how quickly you can pick something up with a little dedicated concentration.
Research upcoming cultural festivals and state fairs. These all day events can be a great place to soak up some sun, and some culture. Many festival websites also advertise discounted admission with a printable coupon or in exchange for a donation of canned goods. You might even be able to tie a local festival into your road trip to nowhere!
A fun and memorable weekend doesn’t have to be costly. With a little research, you and your friends can have a fantastic weekend at a fraction of the cost of a much longer getaway.