Did it seem as if everyone you know went on a trip this summer? If you got vacation envy while looking at their travel photos on social media, cheer up! With fewer crowds, cooler weather, and better prices, fall is an excellent time for an excursion. If you’re on a tight budget, smart planning will make your dollars go a long way. From family hotels to road trips to out-of-the-way destinations, there’s an array of places to stay and things to do if you follow a little advice.
4 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Fall Vacation
1. Research Potential Trips Thoroughly
Start thinking about vacations that fit your budget and time frame. Weather can be changeable in the fall, so research average temperatures and rainfall before booking your trip. For example, most continental U.S. beaches are too cold in autumn, but you might find discounts on a trip to Hawaii or the Caribbean. If you choose a popular tourist destination, look beyond resorts and expensive national brand hotels — a family hotel will have better rates and could provide a better sense of the place you’re visiting.
2. Discover Less-Traveled Destinations
To save money, choose a more obscure destination rather than a big city that typically caters to tourists. You don’t have to travel far to have an amazing experience, so explore your own state and its attractions. Look for fun autumn festivals or sporting events and build your trip around one. Ask the staff at a family hotel for recommendations about what to do in the area — they will know the spots where locals like to go.
3. Skip the Airport
Instead of opting for airline travel that’s expensive and full of hassles, take a road trip. A fall driving vacation lets you observe the change of seasons as leaves turn colors, and you’ll feel a chill in the air as you stop for coffee or apple cider.
4. Book Early
Above all, make your travel arrangements as soon as possible to get the best discounts. If you plan to travel by air, flights typically are cheapest 1–3 months before your scheduled departure. The best hotel rates often can be had by calling the establishment directly rather than using a travel website.
Are you ready for a fall getaway? Consider exploring the beautiful scenery and historical charm of Cumberland Gap, TN. The area’s best family hotel, Cumberland Gap Inn, has well-appointed rooms and suites that are perfect for relaxing after a day of autumn exploration, and this affordable hotel is perfect for your budget. For reservations, call (423) 869-3996 or make a request on their website, where you can see photos and learn more about their accommodations. Check their Facebook page for reviews from other vacationers.