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Only 44% of millennial women use all their allotted vacation days from work. Compare this to the 51% of millennial men who use all their allotted vacation days.
Women need time away from work just as much as men — if not more. Between stressful work obligations, taking care of children, and keeping everything in order at home, it’s time you give yourself a vacation.
Worried about the cost of taking a vacation away from home? Not every trip has to be over the top. Keep reading to discover some unique ideas for a girls weekend that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly girls weekend, Santa Fe is the place to visit.
Start your trip with a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, which acts as a downtown market hosting everything from art exhibits to outdoor concerts. You can also enjoy the outdoors with a hike at Dale Ball Trails or the Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail.
If you and your friends enjoy learning things in your free time, there are a ton of options in Santa Fe. Stop by the New Mexico History Museum or the Canyon Road Arts District, both of which are free to enjoy.
Orlando, Florida isn’t exactly known for being cheap. Between Disney World and Universal Studios, this town can be an expensive tourist trap. But there are plenty of ways to have a cheap getaway here and still enjoy yourself.
Explore the outdoors with your friends at Lake Eola, theHarry P. Leu Gardens, or Mead Botanical Garden. Or, window shop until you drop at the Florida Mall, which is home to over 250 stores. And don’t forget to make a short road trip to any of the beautiful and relaxing beaches Florida has to offer.
As far as accommodations go, consider booking a room at the local Holiday Inn resort or another value hotel. These hotels have great amenities with a cheap price tag.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
If you need a girls getaway that involves turning your cell phone off and embracing simpler times, Mackinac Island is the place to go.
Mackinac Island is truly unique in that it allows no vehicles. Instead, you take a ferry to the island and enjoy your stay with bicycles or walking. All hotels and restaurants on the island are small-businesses, you won’t find any chains or franchises here.
Spend the day exploring via a carriage tour or visiting the local candy and fudge shops. Embrace the history of the island by visiting Fort Mackinac or a local blacksmith shop.
Enjoy Girls Weekend on a Budget
These three places are the perfect locations if you’re in the mood for a girls weekend that doesn’t break the bank.
If you’re looking to save even more money, consider renting a whole house off of Airbnb or VRBO to save on accommodation costs. As an added bonus, you can make a trip to the local grocery store and buy supplies to cook meals at the house as a way to save on eating out costs.
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