Memorable activities that don’t cost an absurd amount have always been a positive thing. With the CoVid-19 pandemic still causing financial problems for many people, this is now an even more attractive prospect. Let’s look at a few things you can plan for summer and do with friends, family, or even by yourself that won’t break the bank.


Grab your backpack, lace up your boots, and grab your walking stick! Whether it be a state or national park, or just a trail by the river close to your house, there are many places and locations that one can hike. There aren’t many costs involved in this activity either. Transportation is the main cost. Some places charge for parking, but often it is free.

A good day on the trail also works up hunger and thirst. Packing a picnic lunch and bringing drinks in bottles or a thermos is a great way to add more fun! Find shade under a tree, near a body of water, or on a picnic bench that some parks provide and refuel for the rest of the day!

Going to an Arcade

If outdoor activities aren’t your preference, there’s no need to fret! Another cost-effective activity is going to an arcade. From racing games, to claw machines, to Skee-Ball and basketball, there are games and machines that just about anyone can enjoy. If you take your time and space out your credits/tokens, there won’t be a huge dent in your wallet by the time you leave. Adding food and beverages are added costs, but completely optional. Hop in the car and take a drive to the local mall and check out an arcade!

Day Trips

Vacations typically last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. They don’t have to though! As long as the destination is within a few hour drive, a day trip is an option. There are so many different options depending on the group’s interest. Check out some dolphins and other sea life at an aquarium, view the mighty lion at a zoo, or check out a history museum.

Bus tour day trips are also available in certain areas. For example, one can take a bus into New York City and then spend the entire day exploring different areas. See a show on Broadway, explore Time’s Square, or dine on the various cuisine available. Spend time shopping or even just sit down and people watch. The day is spent the way you’d like to. Just make sure to go back to the bus by the scheduled departure time. Day trips completely avoid the cost of lodging overnight which is often quite costly.

Although the world is definitely a different place due to CoVid-19, you still don’t need to give up on having a good time. Even with a tighter budget, there are plenty of things to do. Spend some time outside, in an arcade, or on a random day trip. Enjoy the summer!