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I went home to Rancho last weekend, and my parents were raving about them going to Honnolulu for a week. Matter of fact they took off early this morning from LAX straight flight to Hawaii. They planned this vacation for about a year. They both worked hard full time, and us kids are pretty much set up with our school loans. I can't believe it, but it's vacation time I guess. hahahaha! I want to talk about the safety of traveling at the moment, and since it's Labor Day weekend, let's make sure that you're having a good time before it's back to school. I don't have that much money, but here are some ideas I think you can probably stretch $500 budget per person trip on a credit card. I know I can't.. But here are some ideas.
Stay in Town
Step outside your comfort zone. Can’t hit the road this Labor Day? You can still make the most of the three-day weekend with creative staycation ideas like hitting niche museums, taking a walking tour or taking advantage of local events like state fairs.
And even if your city seems like a ghost town, there are ways to spice up your free time. You might host a picnic in your backyard (or living room, in case of rain), invite friends over, pop some wine and hand out adult coloring books — or try to learn a new skill (knitting or whiskey-bottle crafts, anyone?).
Shopping deals of the year
Shopping is a Labor Day tradition where you find great deals on number of items. Retailers purge seasonal merchandise with great discounts. You’ll see sales everywhere you go. Labor Day is a good time to stock up on groceries, buy a new grill and mattresses, but wait until November to buy large appliances, a new smartphone or a fall wardrobe.
For specific deals, you might check out places like Macy's and Best Buy and get up to 65% off home furnishings and electronics.
In the market for a new car? Labor Day is the tipping point for dealers to dump their summer inventory, according to U.S. News & World Report. Dealers want to clear out as many 2017 models as possible, so you might start researching before the weekend, get pre-approved for financing and go to the dealer either late or early in the day,
Road trip it the right way
Road trips can be a blast, and you don’t need to travel across the country for a great time. In fact, you can probably stumble across an undiscovered destination just a few hours from home. Need inspiration (like this)? A quick Google search or the old-fashioned trick of closing your eyes and putting your finger on a local map will do the trick.
To avoid wasting time in traffic, leave early in the morning or before rush hour on Friday afternoon, USA Today advises. Use apps like Google Maps to not only map your destination, but also alert you to where and when you might run into slowdowns. National gas prices are on the rise in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, already up 4 cents to $2.37 a gallon according to AAA. One way to get the best price this weekend is to use apps like Gas Buddy.
The City by the Bay may not be the first place that comes to mind as a cost-effective summer escape, but with inexpensive accommodations and free natural attractions, it's an ideal choice for the frugal traveler. Currently, Travelzoo is offering a promotion for the Hotel Kabuki, situated near the Pacific Heights neighborhood, with rooms starting at $179 for two guests over Labor Day weekend that includes a complimentary breakfast. Whether you want to embrace the great outdoors as you explore Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge, peruse the culture-filled Mission District or ascend to the top of Twin Peaks, there are plenty of sights to pique your interest.
Take a Cruise
If your heart is set on a stress-free tropical getaway, consider a cruise to maximize savings, Tornatore says. With the tail-end of hurricane season lasting through November, there are bargains to be had, she explains. Currently, Orbitz lists a four-night Bahamas cruise on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas in an ocean-facing cabin for $329 departing on Aug. 29. Tornatore also points to a three-night Bahamas itinerary departing on Sept. 2 on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas in an ocean-view room for $418 that includes port stops in Cococay, the company's private island, and Nassau, available through Orbitz.
If your dream end-of-summer escape includes relaxing in an off-the-beaten-track locale, then consider heading to Tulum for the long weekend. Hotwire lists nightly rates at four-star hotels in the area starting at $75 from Sept. 2-5. When you're not exploring tucked-away Mayan ruins or getting rejuvenated with a yoga class at the Maya Spa Wellness Center, you can check out the Yucatan's myriad of eco-parks or enjoy sunbathing along the pristine sands of Playa Paraiso.
If you're yearning to escape the scorching triple-digit temperatures found in many places across the country, consider heading for the hills to enjoy outdoor thrills and laid-back vibes. Here, you and the kids can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing and other outdoor pursuits. Best of all, you can snag budget-friendly lodging at three- and four-star properties, explains Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at Orbitz.com. From Sept. 2-5, Orbitz shows nightly rates for properties in the area starting at $93. Plus, Breckenridge is easily accessible from Denver International Airport, Tornatore adds, noting that it's only about 105 miles, and a two-hour drive, west of the major hub.
Capital City Fury Football game
And of course, if you're in the Sacramento area, you should go and check out the Capital City Fury play against the Puyallup Nation Kings for the West Coast title. I'm not from up in the Sacramento area, but from what I hear, Fury is pretty good. And it should be a very good football game to watch. If I get the chance, i might check it out online. Good luck fellas!!
As for me? Well....My friends and I are going to head up to Big Bear Mountain and party. It's the last weekend which most of us from high school are going to be around before we all really leave for school. A couple of our friends have already leave to Grambling and another is at Syracuse.
Good luck in school to all the students! Have a good year!