Spring Travel Destinations That Won’t Break The Bank

Spring has sprung and now you can too. As we say goodbye to the season of hibernating in our sweatpants, we can all finally get back to living our best life. Start the new season right with a vacation otherwise known as the ultimate comeback. The best part? It doesn’t cost a fortune to do so.

Our friends over at Booking.com have put together a selection of the best budget-friendly places to visit, sure to create some #instajelousy. Now get ready to gear up for the guilt-free vacation you know you deserve.

Montreal, Quebec

Stunning Sunset over Downtown Montreal on a February cold day. The Saint Laurence river is visible in the background under an orange sky.

Nothing says #ballinonabudget like a stay-close-to-home-cation. Only hours away, you’ll find a piece of France tucked away in the charming city of Montreal.  As spring approaches, the French city transforms from a lifeless grey to a hopeful green overnight, offering visitors a vibrant atmosphere and endless things to do. From the abundance of festivals to pop up sugar shacks, picnics in the park, Bixi rides and patios serving up drinks and poutines, you’ll soon realize why Montreal has a certain je ne sais quoi to it. 

If you’re looking for an inexpensive crash pad while you’re in town the Old Port aparthotel Lofts du Vieux-Port is the one for you. Not only will the trendy loft’s hardwood flooring and brick accent walls have you basking in old Montreal aesthetic, but the fully loaded kitchen will give you the inspiration to try your hand at some French cuisine. And don’t worry, it’s okay if your idea of the local fare is French fries, you’ll enjoy them, even more, knowing you paid a fraction of any fancy restaurant price— Bon Appétit!

Dublin, Ireland

A viewpoint over O Connell Bridge and Dublin City

The emerald isle should be at top of any adventure traveler’s bucket list. Let the locals treat you to their legendary Irish hospitality as you stroll through the colourful streets, and discover the abundant art, culture, and history of this capital city. Of course, no trip to Dublin would be complete without visiting one of its watering holes in the iconic Temple Bar region. With over 1,000 pubs, the city does not disappoint with an extensive selection of Irish Coffee, malt whisky and of course Guinness.

While this journey is across the great BIG pond, there are plenty of affordable places to stay. Consider the Broc House Suites, an apartment-style property perfect for a group of friends that don’t mind bunking up and want access to a kitchen to save money on eating out. What might be the most attractive feature of this space is the rooftop terrace overlooking the entire city offering the ideal backdrop for your instaworthy photo of the view, something nearly half of us (47%) are inclined to share on social.

Nashville, Tennessee

Neon signs on Lower Broadway (Nashville) at Night

Looking for an intense burst of music and culture? Than make Nashville your spring vacation spot. With an average hotel price of only $159 a night this city is an excellent choice for those looking to let loose and indulge in a little bit of good ol’ southern fun on a budget. Music fans will want to browse the museums dedicated to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, then catch some live music in bars across the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Nature lovers will want to explore the city’s many parks, easily accessible by foot or bike. Nashville’s famous “Honky Tonk Row” features everything from affordable dive bars, to the cities hottest clubs so party animals are free to roam wild.

Known for its trendy décor and fun vibes, the reasonably priced and eclectic SoBro Guest House located in Downtown Nashville will give you a comfortable stay and spacious apartment-style living without spending a fortune. Cut costs of eating out by using the hotel’s kitchen grocery stocking service and be your own chef while you stay.

Chicago, Illinois

Nicked named the Windy City, Chicago should be near the top of your travel bucket list. Standing proud along the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is down-to-earth, friendly, and abounding in culture. Pictures at the Cloud Gate sculpture affectionately known as The Bean and shop hopping on the world-famous Michigan Avenue are only some of the activities travelers can enjoy for a low to no cost.

The magical city of Chicago has something for every budget. For the pennywise traveler spots like the city’s beautiful Kinzie Hotel gives tourists a luxury experience for an affordable price with breakfast included. Here you can save on dinner with the hotels nightly receptions, which offer each guest one complimentary drink and an assortment of hors-d’oeuvres for snacking.

Cape May, New Jersey

Looking for a relaxing getaway, check out the quaint yet full of life Cape May. This coastal town gives its guests a slow paced easy living destination to explore. With beautiful beaches, top notch dining, and great places to shop and play this New Jersey gem is one of a kind. Only a one-hour drive from Atlantic City, Cape May is everything you need to wash away the stress of winter and get you ready and rejuvenated for the season ahead.

For an inexpensive and historical experience check into Congress Hall. Featured in the “Book the U.S” list which features the most unique places to stay in all 50 states for every budget, this property is much more than your average hotel. Known as America’s first seaside resort, the historical 19th-century hotel offers 106 guestrooms, each one individually named for the U.S. presidents or dignitaries who spent their summers there— COOL!

If you know of any other affordable options this Spring, let us know in the comments.

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