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How to Enjoy a Romantic Weekend Getaway For Less

By Sally Aquire

weekend breakIt can be challenging to find time together as a couple if life keeps getting in the way, but getting away for the weekend might be the solution that you’re looking for. A short weekend break can help you to inject some important romance back into your relationship and give you the chance to spend some quality time together away from the daily grind. But, it’s not always affordable to book a weekend away, even though you’ll only be there for a few days. If you’re worried about how much it’ll cost, you can stop worrying on that front. You really don’t need to spend lots of money to enjoy a romantic short break, because there are plenty of ways to get away on the cheap and still have a good time. Here are just a few ideas for enjoying a cheap weekend break.

1. Look for last-minute bargains. If the decision to take a weekend break is a last-minute decision, there can be less opportunity to seek out bargains, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not going to be available. You can often score fantastic deals by using travel price comparison websites right up until the departure date, and you can find a wide range of them simply by typing a phrase like “cheap weekend breaks in Florida” into Google and seeing what kind of offers are thrown up. If you’re the planning ahead type, there can also be big savings on offers for booking early if hotels are looking to get their rooms booked up as early as possible in case they can’t sell them later on.

2. Travel during less popular times.. Generally speaking, you can usually expect to pay less if you’re going to be traveling out of season, so you can pick up some big savings by doing this. In some cases, you can cut your costs by up to half if you’re prepared to have your mini-vacation at a less popular time of the year, although a lot may depend on where you’re planning to go. Doing your research before you book to find when the ‘off season’ is in your intended location (particularly if you’re planning to go a little way out of mainland US to somewhere like Hawaii or Mexico) could result in some considerable savings. For instance, the Caribbean has SWEET deals from August to early November because this is the heart of hurricane season in that area. You’re taking a risk if you book during this time that a hurricane might thwart your plans, so we suggest purchasing travel insurance if you choose an off-peak time due to the potential for bad weather. Also, a lot of people don’t realize that the summer months are off-peak times when traveling to Florida, because the weather is so warm and humid. If you don’t mind the heat, you can grab a great hotel deal in Florida from June to September.

3. Head for a nearby town. You don’t need to go far to enjoy an inexpensive romantic break, so why not sample the offerings of a nearby town or city? A simple change of scenery may be all that’s needed to have a romantic weekend break, and as you’re not going too far, you’re saving on transportation costs. If you choose a location that has some interesting sights and attractions, there should be enough to keep you busy for the whole weekend without feeling like you’ve short changed yourselves.

4. Take a road trip. If you’re feeling spontaneous, a road trip might be a good option for you. Jump in the car and pick a destination at random for a weekend break that’s a bit more adventurous and thrilling. If you’ve not booked in advance, you may struggle to find accommodations for your stay, but that can be half the fun.

Booking a romantic weekend getaway can be the perfect opportunity to rekindle some romance back into your relationship and it doesn’t have to be expensive. The key is to get away so that you can enjoy some quality time together and you don’t need to flash the cash to do this. Being spontaneous and making it a surprise to your significant other is much more important than how much you’re spending on it. You might even find that not spending much means that there’s a greater emphasis on the romance side of things. 

(photo credit: Jim Linwood)

Sally Aquire
Sally is a UK-based freelance writer. As well as personal finance, she also writes on health & beauty and lifestyle topics. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, shopping, hanging out with friends and generally making the most of her downtime!

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  • Claudia

    An idea I used once or twice when money was tight was to actually do a timeshare session at a large hotel chain and then I would get 2-3 nights free just for listening to a 2 hour talk about the timeshare. The properties were usually extremely nice resorts and the money saved on the hotel was hundreds just for sitting and listening for an hour or two.

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Sometimes it’s exciting to just explore the nearby city as if you were a tourist in your own town. Find a bargain deal on a nice hotel for the night and take in the touristy sites of the city. We tried this before and learned that our city is much larger than we ever expected and had a great time at the same time. When living in one area for a long time, you take it for granted, but there usually is a lot of history to uncover if you look.

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