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3 Interesting Ways to Travel the Country This Summer on a Budget

So, you don’t have enough money to travel to the Bahamas this summer and you certainly don’t have enough to visit the casinos in Vegas or Atlantic City. Don’t be discouraged because you can find so many interesting things to do on a budget, which might even take you places that you would never have imagined visiting before. If you are on a very limited budget but want to get away from it all on summer vacation, here are three interesting ideas.

1. Home Shares

Sometimes, you can find people in other cities or even in other countries who want to visit the city in which you live. You can often find home shares where you stay at their place while they stay at your place. There are a few things you might want to be aware of first. Remember, you don’t know the people who will be staying in your home while you are away, so take the time to get and check references. Also, you will need to agree on a time period that is acceptable to both parties involved. If you can’t get time off at the same time, it wouldn’t work.

2. Wilderness Camping

Depending on just how limited your budget is, you might like to try wilderness camping. Sometimes referred to as primitive camping, this simply means that you will not have many of the amenities you’d find at a regular campground like KOA. However, when camping in the wilderness, you do need to be aware of the fact that you will probably be the only ones out there, except for an occasional forest creature that just might happen into your camp.

Be prepared to protect yourself with supplies you can find on woodburyoutfitters.com. From rifles to repellant sprays, you can keep critters away from your campsite if you prepare ahead and have the supplies and gadgets you need on hand.

3. Volunteering at Summer Camps

If you aren’t quite ready for primitive camping just yet, why not volunteer for a youth group summer camp? Perhaps your church even sponsors one and you could go as an adult supervisor or counselor. While you would need to spend a great deal of time with the kids, you would also have free time to relax and reflect. In fact, many people enjoy seeing new things through the eyes of kids, which gives them a whole new perspective on the world around them.

So, as you see, there are plenty of things you can do to travel the country on a budget this summer if you start planning now. The earlier you book travel arrangements, the more likely you are to get a real deal. Decide whether it’s cheaper to drive or fly based on bargains you can find, and if you are determined to stay at a hotel at least for a weekend, maybe you could find a travel package within your budget. The point is, you don’t need to earn a six-figure income to have fun this summer. There are plenty of interesting ways to travel the country with limited resources. Be creative. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for if you try.


  • Dana Rodriguez

    These are all great ideas. I used to love to go camping but haven’t been in years. It is just so hard for us to take time off for a vacation.

  • DB

    These are very creative ideas! I’ve never been camping, but I’ve always wanted to try it. Volunteering at a summer camp could be fun.

  • Linda Manns Linneman

    My family loves camping. This is a great bonding and sharing time. Thank you for sharing these suggestions. God Bless

  • Charles Webb

    With a limited income and having to stick to a budget, any savings truly helps. Are you the same way?

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