How to Vacation in the Mountains and Save Money
It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there is not a cloud in sight! All you long to do is be outside, basking in the warmth while being caressed by the cool breeze. Which is exactly what you can do, because you are on vacation! So you decide to walk out the front door, your steaming cup of perfectly creamy coffee in your hand, and take a view at the blue-grey mountain tops and the still-shaded and foggy valleys.
Doesn’t this sound lovely? Like a dream come true? Well, guess what? It can be! You can wake up to this scene yourself if you so wish - just come on vacation with us in one of our cabins in Asheville, NC. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Let us show you how you can have the perfect, dreamy mountain vacation without shelling out a fortune.
Check Out the Mountains of the East
When you think of the mountains, do you picture the Swiss Alps? Or, maybe your imagination turns domestically towards Colorado? The dramatic peaks of the Rockies? You should add to that list the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. (As the exact same mountain range runs into Tennessee, it is named the Smokey Mountains - a range most everyone is familiar with.)
Not only are the Blue Ridge Mountains gorgeous, with their blue-grey color that is so beautiful you can’t describe it, or even capture it in a painting, but they are also an affordable place to vacation. Especially when compared with the Rockies…or the Alps.
Rent Your Own Home
Especially if you have children, travel can get very expensive. You need room for everyone to sleep, for starters, and you also need space to absorb the noise young children create. Plus space to allow those same children to play and relax without spending all of your patience before noon. You also need space to absorb the mess of clothes and toys (and books, if they are old enough) that your children create. And no matter how neat and tidy you are as a parent, your children still make messes….no matter how hard you try. Stay at one of our vacation rentals and get this blissful space for an adorable price.
Eat In, Not Out
Have you ever calculated the price of eating out with your family? The cash you spend eating out for just two days can end up feeding you for an entire week if you cook for yourself. Now, one of the pleasures of a vacation is the reprieve from cooking and dishes that you don’t get on a normal, daily basis. However, if you even just enjoy bagels, cereal, or fruit (none of which require much work) in the mornings in your rental home's lovely kitchen you can save quite a bit of money while on vacation. And if you cook up lunch or dinner once or twice while on vacation you will be saving $50-$100 per meal, depending on the size of your family! So consider eating in a few times this vacation to make your blissful trip easy on your bank account.
Drive Instead of Fly
Have you bought a plane ticket recently? Of course you have! And if it wasn’t for a business trip, you probably at least winced when you had process that payment. Depending on what airline you take, tickets can be cost-prohibitive, making your dreams of vacation quickly crumble around you. Driving, however, can cost you just a tank of gas and lunch on the road (or snack food) if you are able to drive straight through from your origin. Which means you can save $500 - $1,000 or so per family member! Now, doesn’t that sound like it will help your vacation become even more blissful and dreamy?
Vacation During the Week
Now, sometimes work and school prohibit you from being able to vacation during the week. After all, you already have the weekend off, so taking just a day or two more off around the weekend mans you don’t have to use up all your vacation days on one vacation. However, it can help your wallet out (if you have the vacation days to spare) to vacation during the week. Business, even gas stations, are often less expensive during the week when the majority of vacationers aren’t vacationing. Sometimes even lodging is less!
We can’t wait to help you make your dreams of a blissful vacation come true! Don’t wait till a holiday or a major life event to take that vacation and make those memories with your family. Book now!