You work hard for your money all year long. When it comes time to take that much needed vacation you find yourself wondering how to stretch the dollar. You don’t have to take the kids on an expensive vacation to Disney World or some other bank busting place. You don’t have to fly your sweetheart to Italy if your budget doesn’t allow. You also can travel fascinating places if you are traveling alone. Whether traveling as a group, a couple or alone you can have an affordable getaway if you find the right destination.
Start with researching other places to take the family or yourself. You can look at travel books for free at the library or do your research online. Books generally are easier since they are not usually trying to sell you something. Sometimes the best travel research book is a road atlas. However if you prefer the Internet you can find a great deal of information there and book and Internet can be used in combination for your research.
Subscribing to a site such as Orbitz you will be informed of any upcoming sales on flights, hotel deals, travel packages, and car rentals. You can you any well known travel site and this will help you keep up to date on specials.
Taking a train is usually more expensive and more time consuming than flight. Taking a bus can be cheap but if taking the family it may not be ideal. If flying is out of your budget then that leaves the family car. Gas prices are a little unpredictable but everyone can agree expensive. So you will want to try to plan a trip within a days drive.
Get a map of the United States and find your location. Then estimate how far you can afford to drive using Google or some other search engine. You can type in for example: “how much does it cost to drive from Lansing, MI to Niagara Falls”. Distances Online Dot Com is also a place to search and it will tell you distance, fuel cost, how much fuel and more.
Get your map, then get a tac or a pin and tie a string to the tac on one end and an ink pen to the other end. Place the tac at your location and the length of the string should be how far you can afford to drive. You’ve estimated how far you can drive using the internet search engine. Then holding the tac in place at your location draw a circle with the string fully extended. From there you will search these areas to see what exciting locations you can afford to visit.
For example if you live in Central Michigan you could drive to Niagara Falls in about five hours and the cost of gas one way (currently) would be less than $50. This could be a weekend trip since drive time is short or you could turn it into a week long trip depending on your budget. Then you just need to find a place to stay.
There are many travel sites to get discounts on hotels. Be sure to research these sites and find the best place for your lifestyle. Then remember your credit card discounts or any auto club discounts you may have. Some people have employee discounts too. Take advantage of any discount you can get. Some credit cards have a point system and you can shop online with their points to save $50 or more on a hotel stay.
If you are having trouble finding destinations you may want to consider some of the following:
Alabama has U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Alaska has Glacier Bay National Park
Arizona has the Grand Canyon
Arkansas has Hot Springs National Park
California has Yosemite National Park, Hollywood, and so much more!
Colorado has Rocky Mountain National Park and plenty of places to ski
Connecticut has Mystic Seaport Museum and Mystic Marinelife Aquarium
Delaware has Winterthur Museum and Gardens
District of Columbia has Smithsonian Institute, Lincoln Memorial, The White House and more!
Florida has many places aside from Walt Disney World such as Kennedy Space Center, Everglades National Park, and Hemingway House just to name a few.
Georgia has Stone Mountain Park and Savannah’s Historic Homes and Gardens
Idaho has Sun Valley Resort, Craters of the Moon National Monument, and Yellowstone!
Illinois has Museum of Science and Industry, Brookfield Zoo, and more!
Indiana has Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Amish country
Iowa has Amana Colonies and Field of Dreams!
Kansas has Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Kentucky has Kentucky Derby and Mammoth Caves
Louisiana has Aquarium of the Americans and Mardi Gras
Maine has Acadia National Park and Whale Watching
Maryland has Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and National Hard Crab Derby & Fair
Massachusetts has Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
Michigan has Mackinaw Island, Henry Ford Museum, Michigan Adventure, Pictured Rocks, Frankenmuth, Bay City has a 3 day display of 4th of July fireworks during their Fireworks Festival, and plenty of places to ski such as Boyne Mountain
Minnesota has The Mall of America and International Wolf Center
Mississippi has Elvis Presley’s birthplace, The Gulf Coast, and Dixie National Livestock Rodeo
Missouri has The Arch and Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Montana has Glacier National Park
Nebraska has Henry Doorly Zoo and Scotts Bluff National Monument
Nevada has Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Hoover Dam
New Hampshire has Santa’s Village and Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
New Jersey has Sussex Airshow and The Boardwalk
New Mexico has Carlsbad Caverns
New York has The Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls and more!
North Carolina has Great Smoky Mountains National Park
North Dakota has Dakota Dinosaur Museum
Ohio has Cedar Point and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Oklahoma has National Cowboy Hall of Fame
Oregon has Crater Lake National Park
Pennsylvania has Hershey Chocolate World and The Liberty Bell
Rhode Island has Block Island and The Newport Mansions
South Carolina has Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
South Dakota has Mount Rushmore National Park
Tennessee has Opryland USA and Graceland
Texas has The Alamo and since it is such a big state so much more!
Utah has Historic Temple Square and Bryce Canyon National Park
Vermont has Ski Resorts and Rock of Ages Quarry
Virginia has Busch Gardens and Colonial National Historical Park
Washington has Mount Rainer National Park and Seattle Center
West Virginia has Lost World Caverns
Wisconsin has Circus World Museums and Wisconsin Dells
Wyoming has Yellowstone National Park and Buffalo Bill Historical Center
These are just some of the wonderful place to explore in the United States. Remember that traveling within the country keeps your money here helping your economy and puts money back into your pocket. It also saves you money to travel in your own country. It can be fun and exciting exploring nearby places you have never seen. So, what are you waiting for? Start exploring these great United States.