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Planning a family weekend trip away sounds fun and exciting, even a little luxurious, doesn’t it? However, insert the word ‘budget’ anywhere in this sentence, and an idyllic weekend away sounds anything but. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be! There is a way to plan the ultimate budget-friendly weekend trip on a shoestring budget and actually end up thoroughly enjoying it anyway! Here’s how, presented by The Quiet Cruiser.
Passing along the baton
It can be especially difficult for business owners to get some much-needed downtime when you feel the need to always be on call. Passing the baton on, so to speak, is therefore essential to getting the break you need. Zenbusiness advises delegating your responsibilities to an employee who is up for the challenge and can handle 80 percent of your duties or more.
A little bit of planning goes a long way
As one would expect, preparing a weekend away on a budget will necessitate a fair bit of planning beforehand to ensure you get the most bang for your buck every step of your journey. And what this really comes down to is preparing a budget for each stage of your trip. Allocating a set amount to food, lodging, transport, and excursions, for example, will give you a clearer indication of what your total expenses are likely to be. And where you can potentially compromise in one area to take advantage of another.
Planning the perfect time to get away is essential to take advantage of out-of-season specials or even weekend-specific deals. Usually, these types of special deals are reserved for times that are out of peak season. So, make sure you are not choosing a particularly popular time for your pre-planned getaway, and you are guaranteed to pick up savings somewhere along the way!
A stayover that doesn’t stray over budget
The costs of staying over in a luxury accommodation can add up, often unexpectedly. However, with hotel activities such as spas, restaurants, and the like all within arm’s reach, these opportunities may sound too good to pass up and can lead to overspending if you’re not careful. Therefore, if you don’t want to stray over budget accidentally, choosing the likes of a BnB or staying over with friends or family is another way to cut accommodation costs substantially.
Packing the essentials
Before heading off, you may need to double-check and even triple-check your luggage to ensure you have your essentials packed and ready to go. These can include items in your wardrobe that will prepare you for all types of weather, come what may, plus other miscellaneous items such as sunscreen, bug spray, mouthwash, shampoo, and more that you have on hand that you don’t need to go out of your way to purchase again.
Skimping where you can
Food is just one of the things you’re likely to spend more on while you are away. So, instead of dining out or getting takeaway, you could opt for more affordable meals, things like buying sandwiches and ready-made meals from the local grocery store, for instance. You’d be surprised at just how much you can save when going this route instead of settling for the convenience of often overpriced eateries that can eat into your budget before you know it.
When budgeting doesn’t have to mean boring
In conclusion, planning for a budget-friendly family weekend trip doesn’t have to be boring. After all, how could finding ways to save money and enjoy your holiday on top of that not sound like a win-win situation all around?
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