How you can afford a cottage getaway

Taking a break from city life is an important component of summer vacation, and feeling as though you can’t because of financial limitations is disappointing. But don’t give up just yet! We share some great ways you can enjoy a relaxing getaway even on a tight budget.

Country cottage

Rent it

Properties in cottage country are sold at exorbitant amounts these days, so it’s understandable that making such a purchase may not be within your budget. Fortunately, however, all kinds of cottages are up for rent. Folks who inherited a cottage but aren’t interested in spending time there or investors with an eye for the market spruce up the place and then rent it out for a weekly or daily rate. Some cost as little as $500 per week! Websites such as CottageMe let you input exactly what you are looking for so you can track down the right getaway spot for you. You get to choose your price range, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you require as well as your ideal location. Just type in your information, and you’re bound to find the right vacation destination for you and your family.

Stay with a friend

Take a moment to think of all the friends and family in your life — you may be surprised at how many of them own cottages. They may have inherited one or made the purchase years ago. And many individuals enjoy the pleasure that comes with welcoming their close friends and family up to their cottages. After spending so much time up there doing the same things with the same people, it can be nice to welcome in a fresh face and share new experiences. So if someone you know asks you to join them at their cottage, take them up on the offer. Bring a couple of gifts to show your thanks, and purchase your share of groceries. By showing your gratitude and making sure they know how appreciative you are, everyone can enjoy themselves, and you may even earn yourself an annual invitation!

Road trip

If renting is out of your budget, and you don’t know anyone with access to a cottage, a road trip is another great option. Camping Canada helps you search for campgrounds in your area. Once you’ve found a place that has all the amenities you’re looking for, load up the car, and head off. Although you may not stay in an actual cottage, many of the joys of cottage life will be present. Swim in the lake, hike through forest trails, catch up with your family and friends and roast marshmallows and hot dogs over the campfire at the end of a gorgeous day. Soak in the great outdoors, and enjoy the break from busy city life. Fees for campgrounds are minimal, so you don’t have to worry about blowing your budget for a weekend getaway. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy a vacation away from the usual hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.

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