One of the mainstay events for couples is the vacation. Every couple goes through it, but not every couple knows how to properly handle it. Given that disputes about money account for nearly fifty percent of the divorce rate in America currently (and more that are filed under “irreconcilable differences”), it seems that with all the associated costs, it’s important to be very firm and moderate about deciding to go on a vacation. With that being said, there are some fantastic vacations that you can pursue with your significant other, as long as you know where to go. There are many ways to shop the sales and find some steals, but if you’re just looking to find something that you can do without dropping a lot of dough at any time, these are some good ways to save.
The “Staycation” is becoming more and more popular among people the world over. With the hectic pace of modern life, sometimes even having a brief breather from work can feel like a fantastic time for an outing. However, if you do indulge in that outing, you may find that you’re wasting so much money just for the sake of being somewhere other than home. If you don’t have kids, consider a staycation to be the ultimate vacation. Take the time to plan it out before you go. Research the things nearby that you always mean to do, the restaurants you’ve always wanted to try, and the attractions that you’ve always wanted to visit. The reason you’ve never done them, more often than not, is because you’re too busy or you couldn’t afford it.
However, if you’re doing a staycation, pretend you’re budgeting for a real vacation. Account for travel, entertainment, food, and lodging. After that, re-budget for a staycation, knowing that your lodging budget is nonexistent and your travel budget might as well be nonexistent. This can either mean that you’re saving a lot of money, or that you want to blow that remaining money on food and entertainment. It’s up to you, so pick a staycation that fits your budget.
Many people don’t hear “family” and think “relaxing,” but there are several occasions in which going to see family can be at least as much fun as going on another kind of vacation. For example, if you have a favorite aunt or cousin or what have you, it’s usually far less expensive to go with your significant other somewhere around where your relative is located. If you’ve ever wanted to go somewhere, this can be your fastest ticket there, and your cheapest one as well. On another note, many relatives (especially older ones who are more established) will refuse to let you pay for many things during the course of your vacation, so that’s definitely an upside.
If you’re even slightly a fan of the great outdoors, you should very strongly consider going on a nature-based vacation. Hiking in state parks, snorkeling on an island, camping along the coast, or biking along wine country trails are all fantastic vacation ideas. The thing they have in common is that they’re all surprisingly cheap as well. The reason they can save you so much money is because the attractions themselves are rarely costly. This is approximately the opposite of a staycation—the lodging and travel might be expensive, but the food (assuming you’re going rustic) and attractions are verging on free, which makes this a fantastic choice for young couples just starting out in life.