4 Last-Minute Travel Ideas and Spontaneous Trips to Take on a Tight Budget
Calling all spring breakers: This roundup of last-minute travel ideas is the key to a great trip for spontaneous adventurers and procrastinators alike. Now is the perfect time to recalibrate, thanks to the chilly February climate even though we're just one day away from the promise of March. And with this seasonal slump in mind, we're making a case for mini, pre–spring break vacations. The result? After some brainstorming, we came up with four last-minute travel ideas for quick getaways that facilitate relaxation without breaking the bank.
So whether you waited until the last minute to plan some upcoming time off or you simply feel like getting out of town, you'll find an option that suits your needs here. First, read through our list of escapes to see which fits your travel style and mood best. Then, if your trip requires a flight, read through our list of the best online resources to score affordable deals. With these trip tips below, you can't go wrong.
Traditional camping doesn't sound all that enticing since it's pretty cold out right now. That being said, if you have masterful layering skills and know how to brave the elements, then go for it! If you're like us and don't land in that camp, you should go glamping instead. This way, you'll get your fix of the great outdoors while staying comfortable and warm. We recommend checking out Autocamp for luxury amenities and well-designed Airstreams in either Santa Barbara or Sonoma. Alternatively, stay in a quirky themed camper at Hicksville in Joshua Tree.
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Yurts are also another popular alternative structure to sleep in for glampers. We love Sinya, which is situated just outside of Austin, Texas. Treebones resort in Big Sur, California, is another of our favorite glamping resorts. You can also scour Airbnb and Glamping Hub to find independent domes, yurts, and Airstreams to rent in your area.
Hit the Road
If you don't feel like enduring the hassle of flying but still want to get out of town, consider going on a road trip. This is the perfect option for anyone who simply needs a quick change of scenery since it's equally low-maintenance and exciting. Beyond the logistic benefits, some studies indicate that driving can function as a vehicle for de-stressing. According to one from Lancaster University, going for a drive may provide people with a space to relax, reflect, and be present. If your goal is to unwind from the daily chaos of city crowds and tedious responsibilities, the destination doesn't matter as much as the drive itself.
You could literally just see where the road takes you, which is a great way to practice getting out of your comfort zone and letting go of any expectations. If you'd prefer to plan, look into nearby attractions within your general proximity and then research hotel options in the area. Just put it in the GPS and go enjoy a strange adventure to a random town with your friends. If you can get a group together, you'll spend a lot less money on both gas and accommodations.
Indulge in a Staycation
Sometimes a break from your daily routine doesn't require you to run off to a faraway destination. Instead, stay close to home while still indulging in some special treatment. If you need a little glamour in your life, book a night in a luxurious hotel with plenty of services and amenities. If you want a wholesome and homey escape instead, get cozy in a local bed and breakfast with a small-town vibe. This will also eliminate the stress of having to deal with getting to your destination, whether by car or plane.
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Take a Weekend Retreat
Booking a weekend retreat can be a little pricier than glamping, but it's the best option for anyone looking for more structure. Since great wellness retreats and spa resorts are equipped with well-trained professionals and organized to provide guests with a specific service, you'll get your money's worth. Just make sure you do the research so you know what to expect.
Canyon Ranch is an immersive experience with a few different locations around the country, each with luxury spa amenities and healthy living programs. For a bootcamp-style retreat that emphasizes physical activity to help you detox and restructure your lifestyle, try The Ranch at Live Oak. For a holistic and spiritual wellness experience, check out The Pearl Laguna.
Score Flight Deals
If you want to avoid hiked-up ticket prices, you can use websites like Momondo, Sky Scanner, Student Universe, and Hop Stopper. Not only will each of these help you locate the cheapest flights available, but they'll also plan a trip for you based on your interests and financial needs. Whether it's a ski vacation or city adventure, they'll each help you pick a destination you may not have considered before and then help you find incredible deals for it. Pro tip: Clear your browsing data first.
Let us know which trip you plan to take in the comment section below, and then use this handy guide to pack for your getaway.