Unemployed? Use the free time to your advantage. If you’re in between jobs but have the freedom to travel, consider escaping the chilly winter temps and getting away from it all.
DC is the type of city where people are always in transition. The job opportunities are surprisingly fruitful and the paychecks are good. Save up while you can and live below your means so if the money stops, you’re able to live comfortably.
Traveling doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Luckily companies like Air BnB, Kayak, and even Uber make travel to and from new cities more affordable than ever. Here are 3 warm weather vacations for Washingtonians to heat things up.
Rent an Air BnB in Costa Rica.
There are numerous affordable Air BnB rentals across the globe. Costa Rica is relatively easy to get to, guaranteed to be balmy, and offers lots of outdoorsy activities. The tourism industry is booming there so go ziplining, explore the rainforest, or relax by the pool with a frosty beverage.
Find an Air BnB with positive reviews that falls within your budget and book as far in advance as possible to keep the cost low.
Split a yacht with a group.
Lots of people assume that vacationing on a yacht is going to break the bank. Luckily, there are plenty of options that fit within most budgets. Rent a sailboat or catamaran for a week and sail the BVI with a group.
If you split the cost between six or eight friends, you can experience the vacation of a lifetime, without going into debt. Consider working with a reputable yacht charter company to get the best bang for your buck. Use your time aboard to decompress and leave your troubles behind. Leaving reality behind can help you find a fresh perspective, which can lead to clarity and enhanced reasoning skills.
Crash with friends in Miami.
Miami can feel like a foreign land! Brush up on your Spanish, look up your old friends on Facebook, and find a pal you can crash with for a few days. With temperatures regularly in the 80s and sunny skies nearly a guarantee, Miami is a fantastic escape from the Washington cold.
Flights to Miami are also frequent and affordable – generally coming in at under $250 round-trip. There are direct flights from DCA (metro accessible!) to MIA for as low as $180 if you fly at an off-peak time. The food is delicious and the parties are wild. Just make sure you skip the pricier clubs at hotels like the Fontainebleau and your wallet will thank you.
Don’t look at a vacation as a waste of money. Consider it a necessary strategy for maintaining your sanity during the coldest, grayest time of the year on the East Coast. If you stick to a strict budget, set spending limits for yourself, and plan ahead of time, you’ll find that even the most luxurious-sounding trip can be economical. Do your research and investigate the three getaway ideas above. Or, plan a trip from scratch! The options are endless.