It’s that time of the year when you begin making summer vacation plans. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or as a family, heading mountainside or to a beach resort, here are some ideas to help you plan a summer getaway that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Summer holidays can be much more fun when you are by the seaside. Hawaii with its azure skies, sunny weather and swaying palms remains a perennially favorite holiday spot. The state also has several affordable resorts that provide all the fun of lounging by the sea, without causing massive damage to your wallet. For instance, the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, which recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation, offers a non-kitschy chic vibe that young travellers can enjoy. All of this is at a price tag that won’t burn your pocket -about $150 a night.
To enjoy some of the most tranquil beach vacations, head off the beaten path to the Inn of Manzanita, just west of Portland, Oregon. At $120, this hotel offers a surprisingly wide range of amenities, and is just about a couple of hundred feet from the Pacific Ocean.
In New York, try the Sunset Beach hotel that overlooks Shelter Island Sound and Crescent Beach. This is a small property, and for just about $ 195 a night, is the best way to summer New York- style for those who can’t afford the Hamptons.
For those whose summer vacation plans do not include the beach, there are a range of popular lake, riverside and mountain destinations. If you’re heading to the Nantucket region, check out the popular, yet intimate 76 Main. This property, which is located in the heart of the city, is a small 20-room hotel that is one of the best kept secrets in popular Nantucket.
If you’re planning to vacation in sunny Florida this summer, give the regular large chain resorts a miss, and check into the Roney Palace in South Beach. For just about $179, this hotel offers guests a beautiful infinity pool that almost blends into the waters of the Atlantic.
For another stellar dream beach vacation, head to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina with its miles of endlessly beautiful sand, and popular boardwalk,. The Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort is the ideal destination for families with children with its large pools, the lazy river, and children’s activity zones.
Few beach destinations are better than those that dot the California coastline. To enjoy a Cali holiday that doesn’t involve the crowded spots of Venice Beach or Malibu, head to Morro Bay, and stay at the Comfort Inn Downtown. Morro Bay is a beachside vacation spot that is off the beaten track for many holidaymakers, which means that you’ll find much of the place to your own.
If you’re planning to do the rounds of amusement parks over the holidays, head to Orlando Florida, where you can stay at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. It is close to all the major theme parks, and is an ideal destination for families looking to enjoy the theme parks of Florida, without burning a major hole in their pockets. Rooms start from just around $70 a night, which is inexpensive considering how expensive park tickets are for families.
For vacation destination ideas for families, you can’t go wrong with Yosemite. With incredible hiking trails and beautiful scenery, all available for a small entrance fee, this is an affordable getaway that families can truly enjoy. There is a selection of hotels for those who don’t fancy packing a tent, and the range will satisfy even the most picky budget traveller. The Ahwahnee Hotel is designed to look like a typical Mountain Lodge, but includes all creature comforts. The Tenaya Lodge is a little more comfortable, and offers plush bedding, Wi-Fi access, and Nintendo game consoles for those who want all modern amenities while enjoying the outdoors.
Take a walk on the wild side in America’s oldest national park, Yellowstone. There are several lodges on the park grounds, but you can make it cheaper by bringing your own bed, and setting up a space at the campground. Camps are fairly comfortable, with functional showers and flushing toilets. However, if you do want to check into a hotel, there is a selection of Holiday Inn and Best Western properties as well as other budget hotels and Yellowstone.
So take your pick, and set out on a holiday that gives you plenty of memories at an affordable cost.