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My partner and I are sort of pinching pennies right now. Okay, we have been doing that since we met several years ago. We don’t struggle to cover our basic needs (rent, food, gas, health insurance, car insurance etc.) but once we’ve done that, we only put aside a little bit of money each month. And we want to put aside that money for emergencies, retirement, or many of the other unavoidable events in life. So, that being said, we also like to treat ourselves to at least two fun vacations a year. You’re probably wondering how we manage to afford that and still meet our financial goals of putting aside money on our modest incomes. Well, we’ve just learned to be sneaky, sharp, crafty, thrifty…you get the idea. Nobody should feel like a little escape and a lot of fun is beyond reach just because they’re on a serious budget. Here is how to afford a vacation, even if you’re almost broke.

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Stay close to home

First, get creative about your vacation destinations. You don’t need to go to a real destination to have fun. What do you need? A place to stay that isn’t your home. A pool. Some pretty nature. A different type of surroundings. Those are really all the things you need to feel that you escaped from real life for a while. I bet there are plenty of places within driving distance of where you live where you can get those things. So stop thinking the Bahamas or Paris and start thinking about little gems outside the city.

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