Last-minute vacation ideas for any budget

The season may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean you lost your chance for some RnR!!

Here’s the thing about summer: the warm weather gives you plenty of options for travel. And lest you think all the fun destinations are already booked, check out these affordable last-minute ideas:

National parks

National parks offer a rare opportunity: you can have a life-changing experience even on a tight budget. Whether you’re introducing your children to the historical scenery, or seeking some much-needed peace and relaxation, national parks are a perfect end-of-summer option.

The more popular destinations charge a higher entrance fee, but some parks—like The Great Smoky Mountains—are free to enjoy.


Speaking of the outdoors, camping lets you explore nature without breaking your budget.

If you don’t have any gear but want to try it before committing, most outdoors retailers will let you rent what you need.

However, if you plan on camping more than once, it’s typically worth it to buy your tent and supplies up front. The small investment definitely pays off over time.

Whether you’re staying in a national park or hitting up a local site, camping offers a chance to bond with your family and friends while enjoying the tranquility of the outdoors.


If you’re trying to save money but also need to scratch your vacation itch, take some time off in your own home.

With a staycation, you can plan affordable day trips or do fun activities on your property. Want to catch up on some peaceful gardening? Have a queue of movies to watch? Avoid the stress and costs of travel, and relax at home instead.

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