This may come as a shock to a few of you at first and I suggest sitting down before reading what we are about to tell you. Are you ready? Here it goes: YOU DON’T NEED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY TO HAVE FUN OR TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.
Wow, yes, let me repeat those words again, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun or to have a good time. It’s really true! There are so many different things that we can do that don’t involve spending a lot of money or things that are even free! Here are a few things that we enjoy doing that don’t require spending an arm or leg's worth in dollars or euros… or whatever currency you use.
- Pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors
This activity is one of our favourite activities to do when it gets warmer. Especially in the south of Spain, it gets warmer in late April and consistently gets hotter and hotter through out the summer months. Pack a picnic for you and your friends, or your significant other, and take it to the park to enjoy! You can have a potluck style picnic, where each person brings one dish to share, or have everyone chip in to buy and make food.
Things to NOT forget for your picnic:
- blanket (chairs are optional)
- plates, napkins, utensils and cups!
- cooler (for all of your colder items and those beers!)
- plastic bag (for trash, because we believe in keeping our environment clean)
Hiking is a great way to get into nature, get some exercise and to explore more of the place that you’re currently living in or traveling through. This is also a free activity to do with your friends! Some parks do require payment for parking, for example the Shenandoah National Parks in Virginia require $5 for each vehicle that is parked. If you’ve got a group, splitting the cost between all of you should be cheap enough. Pack yourselves a lunch, lots of snacks and water and enjoy the climb, to see a different perspective of where you’re living or visiting!
Some of my favourite hiking trails in Virginia:
Old Rag Mountain - this one is a bit tougher, but definitely worth the climb
Great Falls - this trail takes you through the Great Falls of Virginia and gives you a great view
Reddish Knob - located in the Shenandoah Mountains, this is a great hike to go watch the sunset or sunrise
Alright, this is one activity that we are absolutely obsessed with; especially when the weather is warm and sunny! In Spain, there are two types of camping you can do: the old school camping and camping at a campsite (which provides a bathroom, showers and some nicer amenities). Since I am a bit of a “posh gal” (Cassandra, here!), I prefer to camp at a campsite that provides bathrooms, showers and other things.
Camping is a relatively inexpensive activity that is SO much fun! If we had more friends, we would try to go camping at least once a month during the Spring and Summer time, here in Spain. Normally, what you have to do here is rent out a lot for the number of nights you’d like to stay. If you’re traveling with a group, this can be MUCH cheaper than traveling with two people. The only things you’ll need to pay for are groceries and the lot you will need to rent during your stay. When we go camping, I’m always envious of all the groups of friends who roll up in their cars stuffed to the brim with groceries, tents, foldable tables and chairs, etc. It’s a great way to hang out with your friends, in nature, relax and take it easy! One of our favourite places to go camping in Spain is Gredos, where there are natural swimming pools that you can hike to, right by the campsite!
- Visit your friends!
Have you got friends living abroad or in a different state? The perfect time to visit them is NOW! Visiting friends abroad or in a different city is a great way to #1: see your friend and #2: visit a new area with a personalised tour guide. If your friend is willing to host you, then you’ve got free accommodation! The only thing that may cost you a bit more is your transportation to and from the area. But, we think it’s worth it to save up and visit somewhere new and visit your friend as well! We’re sure they would appreciate a familiar face, as well.
We recommend bringing at least a house warming gift or a small present for them, to thank them for their hospitality.