New England Budget Travel Ideas
to find discounts and how else to save money for your New
England travel planning during these tough economic times
a delicious stuffed turkey special for $5.49 at the Pleasant View Diner
in Smithfield, RI. Now doesn't that sound better than a
budget-busting garlic-infused, saffron-embedded, 14
century-inspired pasta dish for $24.95 at your local pretentious
restaurant? The truth is, there are deals out there just like at the
Pleasant View, all over New England -- seek them out for the betterment
of your wallet! (photo by Eric H.)
ENGLAND BUDGET TRAVEL
along the line, vacationing in New England got mighty
days of clean, modest motels that simply served as a place to
sleep, family style restaurants that catered to people of all ages, and
local tourist attractions that didn't require a second mortgage seem to
be less common today. Many hotels have become upscale, restaurants have
become "gourmet," and attractions too overstimulating to the senses and
the pocketbook. Sometimes, it makes you long for simpler times when we
took vacations to enjoy with our families, not to make a statement to
our neighbors or people around the water cooler.
course, there are still some great money-saving deals
when vacationing in New
England. Some businesses owners know that people are on a budget and
simply can't stay at a place with a spa, caviar and gold-plated indoor
swimming pool (that might be a stretch but it sounded good to make my
point). The other side of the coin is that the traveler who
is interested in enjoying an inexpensive but meaningful vacation must
view a vacation as a responsibility and not a luxury. In
other words, if you budget in your everyday lives, then it might be
prudent to do the same on your New England vacation. You go
on vacation to relax. How can you do so, knowing that debt is
you budget correctly, however -- and are willing to do some research --
the savings could potentially be tremendous. The irony is that in tough
economic times, it seems like there are more good deals out there than
ever before. Many travel-oriented businesses want your business and are
offering almost unheard of deals. That's not the case
but, again, if you do enough research, we believe you'll find that this
is a good time to find good travel deals.
said, here are some New England budget savings travel ideas and
resources that we think you'll find useful, (in addition to starting a blog with hundreds of money saving New England travel ideas called The Thrifty New England Traveler). Here are 20 example budget New England travel articles from our Thrifty New England Traveler blog for your trip planning:
The five best cape Cod beaches
Ten great places to picnic in New England
Affordable admission, great experience at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Mass.
Paved Cape Cod bike trails
Budget travel on Nantucket
A cheap day trip to the FarmCoast of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts
Save money on Mystic, Conn., dining
Ben and Jerry's ice cream tour in Waterbury, Vt.
A Vermont day trip for $20
Following the Maine Civil War Trail
A Maine picnic by Nubble Lighthouse at Sohier Park
How to visit Bristol, R.I., without spending a dime
Nantasket Beach on a budget
SAVINGS TRAVEL IDEAS
early as a travel destination's peak season might bring about
higher prices. You can research thousands of New England hotels at the
lowest available rate -- and book online -- in our New England Hotel Guide.
2. Consider booking during the weekdays as rates tend to be lower than
can change the next time you log onto your computer, so we
recommend booking the first time if you feel the rate fits into your
4. Logan Airport in Boston is a tremendous airport, but also
consider Burlington International Airport in Burlington, VT, Portland
International Jetport in Portland, Maine, T.F. Green in Warwick, RI,
Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT, and Manchester-Boston
Regional Airport in Manchester, NH, for price comparisons.
Check the JetBlue Flight
Deals for some good pricing on Boston, Portland and
Burlington air travel.
New England destinations can result in less traffic headaches
and promote better relaxation. Some of New England's greatest
travel destinations are not necessarily that well-known.
Follow the advice on where the locals eat. Sometimes,
restaurants that are mentioned in your travel guides know they have a
good thing going and take advantage by charging you
more. For example, when on Martha's Vineyard several years
spent $12.00 on a cheeseburger. In retrospect, it might have
been nicer to "brown bag it" at the beach and get the
additional bonus of some great scenery!
have found that we can get out of some restaurants for around $40.00
for a family of four, while other restaurants approach $80.00 for
essentially the same food when on vacation.
Check our New
England dining section
where you'll find many affordable restaurants that won't break the
It won't be hard finding the affordable places in our guide since this
is mostly the type of restaurant we dine at. You can also check out and
Eats in the Boston Area and
Best Diners in New England
more money-saving dining recommendations. Additionally, HiddenBoston.com
features reviews of many inexpensive restaurants not well-known but,
of high quality in the Boston area.
also purchase gift certificates at Restaurant.com
offering discounts at more
than 8,500 restaurants, nationwide.
on the subject of scenery, much of it is free! Wow, imagine
that!! Check with the
locals on whether there are free beaches. Hikes are often free and can
provide great exercise, views and fresh air. Many state parks offer
nominal fees for accessing pleasant places to picnic, swim and boat.
It's amazing so people go to the expensive, overcrowded tourist
attractions that give you a headache when you can get a
better feel for the area by taking the
road less taken.
also find New England budget attractions (highlighted in red) at our New
England Family Attractions guide.
for local events, many of which are free. For example, many New
England communities have beautiful towns commons where tree lighting
ceremonies, Fourth of July and fall foliage festivals and free music
concerts are commonplace. It's another great way to
the "real New England," as close-knit New England communities really
know how to have a good time together. To refute the accusation that
New Englanders can be unfriendly, we have never been to an unfriendly
New England community event. On the contrary, the natives are
quite friendly more so than in other certain areas of the country (no
names here)! A
good place to start in Massachusetts, for example, is to browse the
list of upcoming events at MassVacation.com
Back to hotels. While upscale hotels are indeed a special treat, it's
a great idea to vacation there if you have lots of credit card debt and
really save in your everyday lives. Sometimes, we have to
remember that a motel can be viewed as nothing more than a clean place
to stay and a foundation, or springboard, for exploring the area. In
other words, you
get a good night's sleep and then leave the premises to enjoy your
chosen travel destination. If you're on a budget, do you
need more than a
clean place to sleep? Many of these more inexpensive lodging
establishments actually do have amenities like an outdoor swimming pool
(OK, that's good only in the summer), coffee 24/7, and hair dryers.
We recommend browsing the hundreds of New
on our site -- compare rates and see what bargains you can come up with.
10. Consider traveling by bus. While you lose of your privacy -- and
risk the small chance of being seated next to some unctuous clod --
are you won't and will save some significant money. We
checking out GotoBus
special New England region travel deals via bus.
BUDGET-FRIENDLY NEW ENGLAND
areas in New England seem to have more budget-friendly motels,
restaurants and sometimes, even, local tourist attractions.
For the ocean, you might want to try York
RI, and Plymouth, MA (not all peaches and cream, but enough nice areas
to make it worthwhile). For the mountains, we like the St.
Johnsbury, VT, area, and Lincoln - Woodstock, NH (suprisingly
affordable lodging options for such a heavily touristed area). For
cities, we like Burlington,
and Portland, Maine.
They are generally less expensive cities than Boston. In fact, by
staying in Providence, you can enjoy the myriad historical and modern
attractions there, and yet be only an hour to Boston. If it's Boston
you want, there are some excellent, relatively inexpensive money-saving
options in and near the city, some great
places, and some budget-saving attractions (free to under $20) like
touring the Freedom
Trail, viewing Boston from the 52nd floor of the Prudential building,
enjoying the spectacular 265 acres and 15,000 trees, shrubs and vines
at the Arnold Arboretum, a tour of Fenway Park,
or taking a Swan Boat Ride through the Boston Public Gardens area.
Speaking of the Boston Public Gardens, the area is a virtual oasis with
its fountains, flower beds and trees. It's beautiful and free to walk
around. Castle Island in South Boston is free to visit and features
water views, swimming, a network of walking trails for walking, hiking
or jogging, biking, fishing, picnic opportunities and the great
Sullivan's hamburger stand in the summer. Boston on a budget is
matter where you vacation in New England, there is a good
deal. Pick your location and make it fit into your budget!
return, please share with
us how you were able to budget on your New England vacation.
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