When family and work life is hectic, quality time with your partner is usually the first thing to slip through the net. We all know how important it is to make time for our relationships, but sometimes life just gets the better of us. It’s easy to let months go by without a single date night, collapsing exhausted on the sofa every evening instead.
When children and high-stress jobs are part of the picture, life is never going to return to how it was when you started dating. However, stealing away for the odd weekend invites you to reconnect with your partner away from the daily stresses of modern life. When money is an issue, this doesn’t always feel possible, but taking time for your marriage or relationship is not a luxury – it’s a necessity.
Here are four budget-friendly ideas for your next weekend away.
Go On a Culture Trip
Exploring the cultural heritage of a new city is a great way to bond with your partner. You don’t even need to travel far. You could book even book a hotel room in your local town or city and spend the weekend as a tourist, seeing the sites you’ve never had time to explore. Why not visit museums and try the local cuisine by day, then go on to a concert at night and soak up some theatre? Google ‘upcoming concerts near me’ to see what’s on.
Visit the Beach
If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach (or you can easily travel to one), you could pack a tent and some supplies and go camping. Before setting off, make sure you’ve researched the beach you have in mind and know for sure it is safe to camp there. If this sounds like your sort of holiday, here are the best beaches to camp on in America.
Don't forget your beach chair! Selected Best has some good reviews. Alternatively, you can book a traditional camping site. Either way, remember to pack the wine and a cozy blanket for a romantic evening beneath the stars.
Rent a Yurt
You’ve considered AirBnBs and rented apartments, but have you ever thought about hiring a yurt? A yurt can be a cozy and cost-effective place to stay, and you can hire one anywhere in the world. For more information, check out this handy New York Times article.
Of course, this one will mean sending the kids to their grandparents for the weekend or taking them with you, and it does involve a leap of faith from both parties, but it will be well worth it.
A house swap is perhaps the most cost-effective accommodation option of all. You never know where you might end up staying – a gorgeous French villa, or a sleek townhouse in New York, perhaps – all without money changing hands. All you need to do is decide on a destination, then spend some time looking at home swap websites online until you find a match. Just make sure you use a legitimate website and ask for pictures of the house you’ll be staying in before you go.