Calling all broke romantic couples! Do you and your significant other need a break from the every-day but don’t have the time nor the finances to travel? Then plan the next best thing: a romantic staycation!
You don’t always have to book airline tickets and a stay at a posh resort in order to have a “vacation.” In fact, there are plenty of things you can do right in your own hometown that don’t require a flight or hundreds of dollars.
A cheap and romantic staycation is a fabulous way to break the monotony of the daily grind and give yourself a mental and emotional break without spending the big bucks.
Here are a few simple, affordable staycation ideas for couples to help you spend more quality time together without breaking the bank to travel.
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1. Go to a Free Outdoor Concert in the Park
Just about every metropolis across the country offers free concerts in the park on occasion, especially during the warmer months of the year. You’ll most likely see big signs on street corners, posts up on Chamber of Commerce websites, and even advertisements in local newspapers marketing these complimentary music events.
While it might not offer a long-term getaway, the few hours that these events take up can be just enough to get closer to your significant other without the responsibility of kids and household chores.
2. Take a Local Tour
Why not check out your city like tourists would? It’s possible that you haven’t seen all that your very own city has to offer, and it’s not just for foreigners to enjoy. Book a local tour with your spouse and check the city out like you’ve never seen it before. You can book any number of types of tours to personalize your experience.
Maybe you’d like to check out theaters or museums, or perhaps scoping out a few local breweries while being moved around by bus is more your thing. Either way, touring around together while someone else takes the reigns can make for a very romantic and affordable staycation.
3. Book a Winery Getaway
If you check out discount sites like Groupon or WagJag, you’ll likely find a slew of discounts for winery tours and weekend stays for couples. These deals can include wine tasting, dinner for two, and a couple of nights in a nearby hotel.
Depending on where you live, you can probably get there within a short drive without the need to hop on – or pay for – an expensive flight or bus fare. Sipping wine and enjoying good food and each other’s company may be exactly what you need to rekindle the fire.
4. Have a Picnic
Wrap up some of your favorite goodies, grab a blanket and a portable radio, and pick a picturesque spot by the lake or under a tree to enjoy all the cheese, fruit, wine, and other goodies you’ve brought along with you. Sit back and relax as you enjoy a good conversation between the two of you that should ideally be void of topics like the kids, work, or anything else that will pull you out of ‘staycation’ mode.
5. Take a Bike Ride in the Country
Biking around the city streets is one thing, but getting out into nature and spending the better part of the day cycling together is a great way to reconnect and enjoy Mother Nature’s finest at the same time. You might even want to consider renting a tandem bicycle with two seats so you can really get closer on your countryside bike ride.
Find a peaceful space with ample bike trails that will take you far off the beaten path. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and sweet smells of the country, breathe in that fresh rural air and enjoy experiencing the outdoors together. Being immersed in this type of environment together can help you enjoy each other’s company rather than being distracted by the hustle and bustle of the city.
6. Go Camping
It’s a lot more affordable to stay in a tent than to pay for a hotel stay. If you don’t mind sleeping under the stars and sharing your bed with wildlife, then camping might be a great cheap and romantic ‘staycation’ idea for you and your better half. Even if you’ve never camped before and don’t necessarily consider yourself the outdoorsy type, you just never know if you’ll like it until you try it.
Pitch your tent, light a campfire, and roast some marshmallows and hotdogs as you tell each other stories until the wee hours of the morning.
7. Have a Meal Kit Delivered and Prepare it Together
Meal kit delivery services are all the rage these days, and you can easily tap into them to be used for a fun evening spent enjoying a delicious gourmet meal you prep together. This is an especially good idea if you’re a foodie but aren’t in the mood to shop for all of your ingredients to create a marvelous dish.
These services allow you to pick a specific dish and will send you all the ingredients and instructions required to make it. If you’re really into it, consider spending the entire day cooking and enjoying meals together. Just fill your shipment order with meal choices for every meal of the day. Then spend the rest of the day cooking and eating together.
8. Spend the Day at the Spa
Who doesn’t love to get pampered? And when you’re being treated like royalty right alongside your honey, it’s even better. Book yourself a couple’s day at a local spa, and pencil yourself in for some of your favorite treatments. Massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, aromatherapy, and baths can fill your day in the most serene and satisfying of ways.
If you’d rather save a bit of cash, consider bringing the spa home to you. Stock up on all the goodies needed to create a spa day at home, including bath bombs, massage oils, facial masks, manicure kits, candles, and CDs of the sounds of nature. Then you can each take turns giving each other treatments while sipping on mimosas and listening to tranquil sounds.
9. Take a Museum Tour
If you’ve got museums nearby, consider taking a tour of one of them. Many museums may even offer free tours and events for locals every once in a while, so be on the lookout for these deals if you’re on a particularly tight budget. They’re fun, educational, and provide a great way to “holiday” in your own city with your partner.
10. Have a Movie “Marathon” at Home
Whether you’re a movie buff or just like the idea of chilling out with your loved one enjoying a good movie and some tasty eats, a movie marathon right from your own sofa is as relaxing, affordable, and romantic as it gets. Go through Netflix’s library of movies and line up the ones you want to watch, stock up on popcorn, chocolate, and a bottle of wine, and enjoy the show – and each other’s company.
Binge watching some of your favorite flicks can be just what you need to unwind, relax, and lift your spirits. This idea is especially handy on days when the weather isn’t working in your favor.
Who said taking a vacation has to be expensive? While holidays are often spent traveling abroad, they can also be spent right in the comfort of your own town, and even inside your own home! Unplug yourself from the daily hustle and bustle and spend some quality time with your significant other doing what you love, without breaking the bank. Consider any one of these cheap and romantic staycation ideas for couples on your next holiday!