With today’s busy schedule, it can be difficult to connect with our partner or spend meaningful time together. It’s very common to stay indoors or just sleep the weekend away. After all, going somewhere costs a lot of money, making it difficult for some couples. But there are still some options out there that make weekends fun and help the both of you reconnect without having to spend too much. Check the list below for some good ideas on how to make your weekend meaningful while being cheap.
Everybody loves the beach. Going there is inexpensive since you just need to pay for gas. For food, you can pack a picnic basket or buy something along the way. Either way, these two are your only expenses for this trip. If you time it right, you could even have the beach all to yourselves, making it more romantic.
If there are no beaches near you and the nearest one is a couple of miles, then you can choose to rent a beach house instead. There is a wide variety of beach houses for rent you can find online. You might find a good deal near your favorite beach, making your weekend romantic and perfect.
Rent a House
Renting a house for the weekend provides a familiar yet exotic feel. You still have the same amenities like cooking, sleeping in, or watching movies all day, although it’s in a different setting. Some houses for rent even come complete with kitchen utensils, towels, blankets, etc. The included amenities differ per owner so you should check it first before booking.
Aside from couples, this is a good idea for a group date as well. Some houses for rent provide 2 or 3 bedrooms, making it an ideal weekend getaway for couples or groups. You can also share the expenses if you go in a group, making it cheaper.
For this activity, you only need some provisions and a tent. For provisions, it won’t be that costly since you’ll just be sleeping over for one night. Though inexpensive, it can be a very romantic weekend, staying under the stars, cooking food over a campfire, and just lounging around whole day. For parks, you need to pay an admission fee.
Walk Down Memory Lane
Another activity with minimal expenses is to visit important spots for the both of you. It can be the place where you first met, where you had your first date, or where you had your first kiss. It will rekindle feelings for the both of you and unless you met abroad, then it’s a very feasible option for a weekend date. To make it more sweet, you can talk about your first impressions with each other, and how those impressions developed into love.
Cruise to Nowhere
If you have a car available, you can just fill up the gas tank and go for a drive. You don’t need to have a specific destination in mind. It’s also exciting to try new routes and visit new towns. You might even find something interesting along the way. Again, the important thing in this activity is for you two to try out something new and get to know more about each other.
Book a Staycation
This one sounds easy and can be misinterpreted as staying in for the weekend. However, a true staycation is when you unplug all mobile devices and tune out any distractions. This weekend should be all about you and nothing else. It might seem difficult at first, since the urge to check your social networks and emails is always there. If you really need to, you can check your email and other online necessities during Sunday, a day before you go back to work.
If you have children, this can be a bit tricky to pull off. One option is to leave the children at their grandparent’s house to make the house exclusively yours.
Watch Local Sports
Even if you’re not sports enthusiasts, watching sports will give you something new to try out together. Local leagues are becoming more common, so there’s always an event at the weekend. In most cases, admission is free. If they do charge, it will be just a very small amount. It’s something new, inexpensive, and fun for the both of you. Plus, you’ll have a blast watching all those overeager parents in the sidelines.
Visit a Theme Park
Theme parks can be expensive, but there are a lot of deals you can find online. A lot of merchant sites sell coupons for these and you can even redeem some of the points in your credit card to get tickets. This is a great way to enjoy the hours away while you have fun and scream your heads off on those rollercoaster rides or in that haunted house. It’s never too late to enjoy a theme park whether you like riding thrill rides or simply watching the view at night.
Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback. People enjoy that retro feel while enjoying the latest movie in the comforts of their car. It can also be a good weekend date night idea since it’s not that expensive and you’re sure to find one near your place. For a more retro feel, you can even have dinner in an 80’s themed restaurant.
Book it last Minute
If you don’t have any particular place you’d like to go to, you can call up a travel agent last minute-ish. Hotels and airlines always give out good deals before the weekend to fill up their rooms or seats. You might be able to find one near your place for a good deal. Even if it’s not a popular tourist destination, it’s still a good idea to try something new together. The same also applies to cruises since you can get it at a cheaper price this way. However, be careful though if you’re busy on the weekday and you only have a weekend to spare. Just keep track of your dates and you’ll be fine.
Visiting the mountains during summer or the beach during winter season doesn’t sound very appealing. This method though ensures that there will be few people there to bother you. You’ll have the place to yourselves, giving it a more exclusive feel. If there are restaurants or amenities nearby you’ll also be able to enjoy good discounts since it’s off-peak and customers are scarce. It’s definitely good for your wallet yet still romantic.
A romantic getaway only needs very few things: just a partner to enjoy it with, and a decent ambience. You don’t need to go to fancy restaurants or exotic places all the time. From what we’ve shown you, there are a lot of inexpensive weekend getaways for couples out there. Depending on what type of couple you are (outdoor, social, or indoor) then you will always find something romantic to do on the list without spending a lot.