Five Budget Staycation Ideas

| August 11, 2012

money-saving staycation optionsSometimes the perfect place to vacation exists just a short drive from home. Check out these five staycation ideas, and then use Dex to find the best hotels and lodging available.

Pamper yourself

The next time you need a girls’ weekend or a romantic getaway, check into a local spa resort for some rest and relaxation. Many of these destinations even offer locals-only discounts that reduce the cost of both rooms and treatments. You typically need only book one treatment to have access to the spa and its facilities and activities for the day, which can include everything from steam rooms and saunas to yoga and meditation classes. Also, ask about the difference in price depending on the day, as some resort spas offer lower rates on rooms and treatments Monday through Wednesday than they do Thursday through Sunday.

Go for a thrill

If you live near an amusement park, look for “stay and play” packages that combine room rates and admission prices for a lower overall cost. Booking a vacation home is also an option. No matter where you stay, being based close to the amusement park will allow you stay there from opening to closing time.

Hit the links

Staying at a golf resort can significantly reduce the cost of green fees, and packages often exist that include them in the nightly rate. Look for a resort with multiple amenities if looking for a family-friendly destination. The kids certainly won’t mind hanging out at the pool while you get in a round or two of golf.

Shop till you drop

Shopping can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Skip the drive home after a long day of bargain hunting by staying at one of the many hotels and lodging options available near your area outlet mall. Doing so also allows you to go back and get that one item you wanted but decided you didn’t need the day before. It also makes for a great girls’ getaway or a special mother-daughter trip.

Get wet

If your family loves to hit the water park year-round, look for an indoor water park resort in close proximity. The Great Wolf Lodge chain leads the pack with this trend, with 11 locations in the U.S. and Canada, but large hoteliers such as Marriott have opened their own indoor splash centers.

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Category: Evergreen, Hotels & Lodging, Travel

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Pamela Mitchell spent more than 15 years at daily newspapers such as the Hartford Courant and Houston Chronicle before becoming a full-time freelancer. She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and entertainment to pets and travel.