Today we hop in the way-back machine to revisit an ultra frugal trip my husband and I took to Virginia Beach six or seven years ago. Time flies!
Traveling is my favorite thing to do. It can be expensive, though, so today I thought I’d show you how to do a popular East Coast destination on a restricted budget. All the fun for a lot less money.
Let’s go to Virginia Beach.
How to Get There
Virginia Beach is eight hours away from Pittsburgh by car, which was totally manageable for us. For other east coasters it may be a little further or a little closer.
You’d be surprised how quickly those eight hours fly by, and if you do the math, the gas really isn’t all that much versus flying despite the crazy prices at the pump. If you’re having issues getting gas money, save up some fuel rewards points from a grocery store you frequent. I’ve used this trick to get a free tank before!
When to Go to Virginia Beach
Right before Memorial Day or right after Labor Day. This is called the shoulder season, and is the best time to visit almost any vacation destination.
Prices on everything will be seriously slashed, but pretty much everything will be open. If you travel really close to either holiday, you get all the benefits and all the savings.
Where to Stay in Virginia Beach
Schooner Inn. Hands down. Our experience was that fantastic.
It’s a smaller hotel, but it’s on the boardwalk. The rooms are pretty economically sized, and the decor is a bit outdated, but they are CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN.
While only some of the rooms have living space, the amenities will not disappoint. Most rooms have a hot tub. All have a mini fridge, microwave, and sink. Some have a dishwasher and range along with a kitchen table.
They have a pool for guests, and every single room faces and has a view of the beach. On top of it all, there’s a water park for kids just outside the hotel on the beach.
While you are on the boardwalk, you’re at the very end of it so you’ll need to be prepared for some walking. We actually enjoyed this aspect of it. There’s tons to see and do along the boardwalk on your way to your destination.
When we stayed here, we got a room for $60/night. I want to reinforce to you that this is not some crappy motel. We got a great price on a perfect room because we went at the right time and were willing to walk.
What to Do at Virginia Beach
What isn’t there to do?
There’s a mini amusement park on the boardwalk.
A couple blocks inland there’s tons of mini golf places.
A bunch of mouth-watering places to eat and drink.
Save More with Coupons
The other tip I have is COUPONS.
Whenever I go on vacation, I sign up for the LivingSocial for that area. If anything fantastic comes along that I can use, I’ll purchase.
If group coupon sites aren’t your thing, the Schooner Inn (as most hotels, I’m sure) will have coupons books waiting in your hotel room or at the front desk. USE THEM. They’ll save you tons.
More Vacation Savings Tips
You can also bring food along to cook a few meals.
Bring your own bottled water for sure. You do not want to pay boardwalk prices for hydration.
Do as much of your frugal planning and preparation as possible before you go. That way when you get there, you can just relax and enjoy the view from your hot tub.
That’s the whole point of taking a holiday anyways, right?