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8 getaway cheap ideas for couples

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

You don't have to spend a fortune to get away with a partner or spouse. According to a world expert on time, money, and happiness, what is most important about quality time with your partner is that you feel positive in the moment and supported by your partner. Our eight frugal ideas to get away with our partner all center around being active, in the moment, and disconnected from technology.

1. Canoeing/Kayaking

When looking for weekend getaway spots, try to find a location near a body of water, such as a river or lake. Most rivers and lakes have canoeing and kayaking services, which is a great activity to do with your significant other. Canoeing and kayaking can be peaceful, even meditative, keeping you engaged in what you're doing.

For example, Red River Gorge, Kentucky, offers a unique kayaking experience. Here, people experience a one-hour kayaking excursion underground in the caves. Check out this website for more information and prices.

2. Lookouts

While on your weekend getaway, research if there are any lookout spots near you. Whether you have to hike or drive to the spot, this is a great way to view the place you're in from a holistic perspective. Leave your phones at home and take the time to be in the moment and talk to one another. Try and learn something new about your partner.

3. Zip lining

If you decide to take a weekend getaway in nature, look up if there are any zip-lining activities near you. Zip lining is an activity that will get your adrenaline rushing, and you will be able to see the world from a new perspective. You and your spouse will feel "on top of the world!" Be sure to see if there are any picture/video packages, as these are great to have and look back on in the future.

4. Historic Sites/Museums

Look up if there are any historic sites near you while on vacation. Every place has some history, which can help you learn more about the culture around you.

Remember to turn to Google for sales or discounts before making the purchase. For instance, many places offer military and first responder discounts on tickets and some museums have reciprocating passes.

5. Scavenger Hunt

Before going on vacation, look up scavenger hunts in the area. Certain places, such as Disney World, already have scavenger hunts you can go on while visiting. Furthermore, you can look at Etsy for ideas on a DIY scavenger hunt.

6. Walking / Segway Tour

Going on a walk is one of my favorite things on any vacation or weekend getaway. Not only is it a great source of exercise, but it's also a great way to clear your mind. Try immersing yourself in the culture around you while walking by taking in everything you see, smell, and hear.

7. Sports Game

Look up local sports games while you're on your weekend getaway. To keep this cheap, consider minor league teams and buy nosebleed seats. Watching the Savannah Bananas is on my bucket list, as is taking in a minor-league hockey game.

8. Ask Locals

While on your vacation/weekend getaway, ask locals what their recommendations would be on cheap and fun experiences around where you are. This is the BEST way to know what to do around you and what there is to experience.


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