Spring is an excellent time of year to be outside taking advantage of the sun, warmer temps, and FREE activities that nature provides.
I spent this past weekend at the lake with my family but we didn’t spend $1,000 or more on one of the fancy rental houses in the area. I took advantage of the state park at the lake and rented a cabin with another family and split the cost. Total cost for a trip to the lake after splitting the costs? $160! Not bad for a 3 day weekend. Each family brought it’s own food so we could cook out by the fire and avoid eating at the high priced restaurants around the lake and nature provided all of the entertainment for the adults AND children.
The state park had miles and miles of hiking trails by the water and through the woods. We skipped some rocks, caught a few fish, saw a ton of wildlife, and were able to get away from all of the technology that is normally part of our lives. No T.V., no cell phone, no internet, social media or blogging. Just fresh air and good times with family and friends.
The fun we had this past weekend got me thinking about other ways I’d like to get away on the cheap this spring and, luckily for you and I, nature provides just about all of them. There’s no better way to enjoy a weekend after the cold, dark winter than to be out in nature getting fresh air and (for me) some much needed exercise.
- Camping- Tent camping is the cheapest way to camp but RVs and Cabins are also decent options.
- Kayaking– it’s great exercise and MUCH cheaper than boating. You could pick up a decent kayak on craigslist for as little as $100.
- Hiking- It’s free and you can easily google hiking trails wherever you live or wherever you’re vacationing.
- Trail riding- This could be with horses or bikes. If you don’t already own a horse, obviously, a bike would be the more cost effective way to go.
- Geocaching- If you prefer having a goal or a mission while you’re hiking, you could also take up geocaching. Essentially, it’s the worlds largest treasure hunt and there are millions of “caches” all over the world. You can check it out here.
- Playing outdoor games with your kids- You can teach them some outdoor games or, more likely, you can let them teach you some outdoor games.
- Swimming in a river or lake
- Star Gazing- If you want to have your phone with you, you can always download one of the astronomy apps that points out the stars and planets as you pan your phone along the sky.
- Hang around a camp fire with friends
- Take up photography– You never know what types of things you’ll run across if you get out in the wild.
These frugal activities can take up most of your weekends in the spring and you’ll be healthier and more relaxed if you spend time outside and get your mind off of work and the stresses of normal life. I only listed some of the ones that I really enjoy but there are unlimited options for cheap outdoor activities. Use your imagination and come up with some that people may not have heard of yet.
What kind of frugal activities are you planning this spring?
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