Vacationing on a Budget

With summer in full swing and then end of the semester quickly approaching, it’s hard not to begin thinking about summer plans. And if you’re like me, it may be the only thing keeping you motivated through the last few weeks of school.

Here are a few ideas for fun and affordable weekend getaways that will be great for the summer or any other time you’re in need of some rest and relaxation.

1. Adventure Outings Yurt in Lassen National Forest.

I will admit I’m not too fond of camping, which is unfortunate because it’s a great way to get in touch with nature and is the best way to save cash if you’re vacationing on a tight budget. I like being outdoors, having bonfires and hiking but I’m not so excited about sleeping on the ground, not showering and feeling like I might get eaten by a bear in the middle of the night.

This option is perfect for someone like me, who may be weary of the camping scene. A yurt is basically a wooden hut. You don’t need to set it up, and it comes with a wood stove to keep you warm. This provides an upgrade to the traditional camping experience. You still be at one with nature, but with a little extra luxury. The yurt is available through Adventure Outings at $50 a night, and is located in Lassen National Forest near Butte Meadows.

2. Aptos, Calif.

If you’re more into a beach scene, one of my favorite places to go is Aptos, Calif. It is the best getaway for a low-key and relaxing trip. Aptos is a small town about 20 minutes south of Santa Cruz. You have access to the Rio Del Mar Beach and other than that, what could you really need? Just relax and enjoy the sun!

If you’re looking for more activity however, you are just a short drive away from Santa Cruz, which has the Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Pacific Garden Mall and more beaches!

3. Vacation Rental by Owner

While this option is not exactly a place, it gives you the ability to go just about anywhere, with a large variety in prices and amenities.

VRBO or Vacation Rental by Owner is a website that allows people to put their homes up for rent; some are homes that are regularly rented out or maybe someone who is going away for the weekend. This option is perfect for the college student on a budget or if you’re just not quite sure where to vacation.

The other benefits of vacationing this way are more privacy, a fully furnished home and a vacation rental catered to you. You can search for rentals based on if they have a beach view, pool, are pet friendly and so on. There is something to please every person and listings as low as $40 a night!

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