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Frugal Vacations for Small Business Owners and Freelancers

Starting your own business is hard work. After months of toiling, you likely are in great need of some down time. However, building a business also tends to put a strain on finances. That means that while you need a vacation, it can be hard to afford a vacation. Fortunately, there are some frugal tricks you can use to take a vacation without spending a fortune.


These days, most of us have at least one relative out of state. Think through your list of relatives that might have a spare guest room. Aunts, cousins, grandparents, etc. Who might be willing to let you come visit for a few days? Just be sure you are a good house guest. Contribute toward the food, clean up after yourself, and thank them for their hospitality.


Personally, I hate camping. I don’t find it relaxing or a vacation, but if you are one of the thousands of people who enjoy camping, it is a pretty inexpensive way to take a vacation. Gather all your gear, pick a location and a safe campground and enjoy seeing the country.

Trade Homes

There are services that will arrange for a home trade. Basically, you stay in someone else’s home in their town and they come stay in yours. Most home trades are for a week or two. It is best to use a service for safety, as people will be vetted more than if you just trade with a stranger.



Instead of traveling away from home, why not take some short day trips around where you live? For example, near our home, we have some amazing state parks, museums across the river, and caves to explore. We are also within two hours of several large cities: Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis.

What is around you that you’ve always wanted to go see? You can save a fortune in hotel costs while still getting away from your ordinary routine and playing tourist.

Pamper Yourself

Another idea is to spend vacation money on pampering instead.

  • Take a few days off work
  • Get a mani/pedi
  • Get a massage
  • Take a class in something new

Down time is important so you can de-stress and come back to your business with a fresh perspective and renewed energy. These ideas will allow you to vacation on a budget.


Lori Soard has worked online designing websites, writing, editing and promoting clients since 1997. Through Promo Warriors, she's consulted with over 100 clients to help them figure out what online presence works best for them. In addition to helping people learn how to start their own businesses, she writes feel-good books about the way love and the world should be.