Do you work hard? Of course you do, but do you play hard as well? All work and no play can make you a dull person. The best way to put some excitement in your life is to get away and take a vacation. This is why, despite your financial means, there should always be time for a vacation. Since your money and time is limited, this article will concentrate on advice to help you take that vacation you deserve. Take a mini vacation, and there is no better way to do this then by taking a mini cruise. Mini cruises can be booked last minute, last for a weekend, and cost a fraction of what you would pay for a full length cruise.
Cruises like the Carnival Valor, one of the most enjoyable forms of vacation. You do not have to worry about booking a hotel, finding places to eat, and as long as you can find the ship, you have everything you could want with in walking distance. As if that was not good enough, you are treated like a monarch on deck. Anything that you could possibly want or think of is at your fingertips. If you wish to relax, then soak up those sun rays and get a massage from one of the world famous masseuses on deck. Many people love to shop and most cruise liners have their own mall on them so you can shop your heart out in the middle of the magnificent sea. While others are relaxing in the sun or shopping, you might prefer a little friendly competition. You can play shuffle board, water basketball, run track, and more to feed your urge for competition. At night, the cruise ships come alive with entertainment. There are restaurants, clubs, and best of yet a beautiful view. You are the master of your own destiny when on a cruise.
Mini cruise breaks offer all of these luxuries at less cost and time. Not only do you pay less, but you go for fewer days. There is no better way to recover from a stressful work week then the open seas and activity filled decks of a mini cruise. Better yet mini cruises can be training wheels for a full length cruise. Many first time “cruisers” will try a shorter cruise to see if they will like it and if they will become sea sick. When leaving on a cruise, who could know that a two day vacation would become a once in a lifetime experience.
The question that comes to mind to many people is where to find a mini cruise. You can easily find a one anywhere there is coast line. Even mini cruises from New York are available for the people of the Big Apple to get away for a weekend. Unfortunately, not everyone lives near the coast line. No need to fear, many cruise lines offer an air/sea program. This includes the flight to and from your city, baggage, transportation from the airport to the cruise liner, and the cruise itself. Another aspect to take in consideration when making a travel budget is whether the cruise is all-inclusive or there are items that must be paid for. An all-inclusive cruise will cover things like drinks, food, shore excursions, etc. Generally, this type of cruise may seem like it should cost more, but in the long run inflated prices on board may make a non-inclusive cruise a very pricy and stressful one.
If the price of your cruise is still an issue, try choosing a different room. Depending on the location and view of your room, your price may sky rocket. Rooms range from the most expensive, a stateroom with a verandah, to a more modest room on the inside of the ship with no view of the ocean. Inside cabins may lack the relaxing feeling the others have, but if you’re trying to save money and plan on just sleeping there, it is a smart choice. Generally when all said and done, if you are living near the port you are looking around $500 minimum for your vacation. If you have to fly in you are looking more around $700 for your weekend getaway.
Remember that all work and no play make you a dull person. Even if that mini cruise seems out of your reach now there still is hope. Just like when you were a kid set aside a piggy bank. Every paycheck make sure you pay “yourself” first before spending any of the money you earned. You will be surprised with how short it takes to raise the money to get to your mini cruise. Wither it is $100, $50, or pocket change every little bit will help you reach your goal. Instead of sitting at your job wishing that you can get away on a cruise, set a goal date of your cruise, budget it, and go! This small idea can become a big reality with dedication. After all, who wants to be dull always?