How to Plan a Weekend Trip on a Budget. It is the growing trend for hardworking Americans to take several weekend trips over the course of a year instead of one large week-long vacation. There is a huge variety of things to see and do without spending a long time or a lot of money doing it. Plan a fun and unforgettable weekend getaway with a budget.
Start the weekend on Thursday instead of Friday to save money. Leaving on Thursday will allow much cheaper prices on plane tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and vacation packages.
Avoid traveling on holiday weekends. Prices are raised and things are booked early and sold out on weekends such as Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Labor Day.
Consider traveling last minute. Although it may be hard to plan, especially if children are involved, many places such as hotels and airlines offer great discounted rates for last minute bookings.
Find cheap things to do. Some of these may include national or state parks, amusement parks, state fairs and camping. Save even more money by finding something nearby within driving distance, instead of flying.
Have a relaxing weekend by getting much rest. Don't cram a lot of things to do into a weekend trip. Not only will this save money, but it will offer a refreshing pick-up and not find the traveler more tired after the trip than before. Spend the weekend in the woods reading a novel, or basking in the sun.
Travel to places during downtimes. Destinations such as the Caribbean and ski resorts offer many fun activities during the summer which is not peak traveling time. Prices will be much lower during these times.