This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Memphis Travel. All opinions are 100% mine.
Our families (and ourselves) need to be rejuvenated from time to time. The most popular cost effective way to do this currently is the "staycation." However, sometimes you just NEED to get away. There are less costly ways to do this. For example, many popular vacation destinations have the same "free stuff" that your town has, or better. You can find these listed on tons of websites. Of course, proximity to your home makes a difference with gas costs, food on the road, etc. But with websites like Priceline you can book hotel rooms for extremely discounted rates, you can take an ice chest with snacks and drinks, and if you get a room with a fridge you can keep sandwich stuff in the room. Poptarts for breakfast are always fun and do not require special storage. There are all kinds of things you can do to get away AND save money.
One of the BEST low cost vacation destinations we have found was Memphis, TN. We used to go walk Beale Street before it got too dark when our son was younger. We would usually eat at one of the local places (split a meal at Hard Rock or some other equally family friendly place), then walk the street and end up at the nearby park with the free blues concert. My son LOVED dancing to the music and we loved watching him. If the budget allowed we would walk to the nearby Ben&Jerry's and get ice cream. Almost always we would see a horse and carriage, which is great fun for a little boy, and mom and dad too really:) Other times we went to the Mud Island Riverpark. General admission here is free and it is GREAT fun. Of course, if you have a little more in your vacation budget, there are all kinds of fun things to do, including Graceland! I encourage you to check out all kinds of fun destinations online for coupons, deals, and free things to do. If you are interested in Memphis, one of the best sites out there for planning a trip is Memphis-savvy travel guide. And right now, they are giving away trip packages! To check it out, simply click on over and enter to win a trip package. They are giving away and array of packages for all kinds of vacations including:
Dinner for 4 at Rendezvous
Dinner at Majestic Grille
Back beat tour
Cockadoos coffee shop gift card
Blues City Café
Single & Friends
American Dream Safari Tour
Rock n Soul Museum
Civil Rights Museum
Dinner at BB Kings
Show at Hi-Tone
Gift Certificate towards Hotel
Sounds like fun to me... who knows, you might win!
Whatever you do, and whatever site you use, if you decide to go or stay, be sure to use the resources available to you to find the best deals out there and get the best vacation your budget allows:)