How to Take a Cheap Winter Break

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated January 27, 2021

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Money Saving Tips
December 13, 2017

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The winter break is a great time to take a much-needed vacation. In fact, there are several travel options available for you and yours. This includes home-based vacations, which continue to soar in global popularity. You can also plan weekend getaways to destinations with warmer temperatures. Whether for family trips or romantic escapades, here are some cost-effective ways to enjoy the winter break.

Staycations are a great way to spend quality time with loved ones and friends. In fact, staying home during the winter break is the best way to save money on travel. From movie nights to traditional board games, here are some activities you can enjoy right from the comfort of your living room:

  • Decorate your home with festive lights and accessories — a great activity for all your family members and friends.
  • Catch up on your favorite movies and shows — plan a movie night with your loved ones, friends or neighbors.
  • Relax and rejuvenate — there is nothing like resting to replenish the mind, body and spirit.
  • Cooking and baking — if you are a culinary aficionado, there is nothing more enjoyable than cooking up your favorite entrees and treats for one and all.

How about taking your loved ones on a fun-filled and exciting road trip? So many families are hitting the roads this winter break to explore new destinations, including the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and much more. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find spots with warmer climates. You can even use the web to easily plan out your traveling schedule and itinerary. In fact, there are online mapping and GPS systems available, along with points of interests and sightseeing tours for the entire family. Don’t forget to check for upgrades. Here are some benefits of traveling by car — as opposed to planes or buses.

  • The ultimate freedom to take your family anywhere you like — so long as it’s within your budget.
  • There are so many options available, including Disney Land, Disney World, Atlantic City, Yellowstone National Park, New York City and much more.
  • Enjoy quality time with family members — sing-a-longs in the car, memory games and plenty of lodging choices while on the road.
  • Speak to your family about limiting their device usage while on the road. This is a great way to enjoy each other’s company while forging memories that will last a lifetime!

Another great way to enjoy the winter break is visiting local venues. This includes museums, cinemas, arcades and other spots. This is a cost-efficient way to enjoy the holidays — while never leaving your home base.

No matter what your tastes are for winter relaxation, you can find a vacation that suits both you and your budget, simply by doing a little research and using your creativity.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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