A spring trip is a great opportunity to give yourself the energy and confidence to revive your life! However, planning the trip can be quite expensive and stressful. So before you slam your piggy bank against a brick wall or cash in your least-promising kids’ college savings, consider these affordable travel destinations that you (and your wallet) will adore:
1) Washington D.C.
D.C. is an ideal budget-friendly destination filled with awe-inspiring museums and monuments, most of which are free of admission.
D.C. is breathtaking when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. It’s the perfect time to stroll the city and check out the White House or sit on the picturesque steps of the Jefferson Memorial. My favorite hotspots include: The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the lush United States Botanic Garden, and the National Air & Space Museum.
D.C. will leave you feeling rejuvenated, both physically and mentally.
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is an excellent Caribbean destination that won’t leave you with empty pockets. It is shockingly affordable to visit: flights to the island are inexpensive, the hotel rates are low, and there’s plenty of budget friendly activities.
I was utterly charmed by the historical, artistic vibe of Old San Juan. The Spanish influence is still very much alive, you’ll think you had gotten on a flight to Europe by mistake. There’s lots of historical sites to check out: like the San Juan National Cemetery, the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, and of course the Castillo de San Cristobal.
I’m always pleased when I find a city I can really wander in. My favorite part of the trip was exploring the quaint and hauntingly beautiful streets of historic Viejo San Juan, petting the stray cats, and yes- drinking from a coconut or two.
Best of all, it’s always free to enjoy a few days on the beach with your toes in the warm, turquoise Caribbean water!
3) Great Smoky Mountains National Park
For a breath of a fresh air, consider visiting the spectacular landscapes of Appalachia. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free of admission- and camping rates are remarkably low.
There are plenty of opportunities to hike, fish, and bike in this gorgeous park! The national park also hosts interactive workshops on topics such as wildlife, fauna, and environmental preservation.
Be sure to take advantage of resources aimed at making travel easy and inexpensive! I like to use hotels.com, because it does the work of finding budget friendly places for me.