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Have you ever had more vacation ideas than money?

When Anthony and I were planning this year's Anniversary celebration, we wanted a beach vacation.

We wanted to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind in favor of sandy shores, laziness, and adult beverages.


Life had other plans. Our basement flooded. The most adult thing I've ever had to do was deal with our Homeowner's insurance policy...between trying to salvage what we could, dealing with the Claims rep, and finding a flood restoration company, I was spent.

Needless to say, we weren't going to the beach for this year's anniversary.

After dealing with all of that, I decided we still needed to do something...just less expensive. Soooooo we did a one tank trip.


We went to Columbus, which is about 2 hours away from Cleveland. The best part about one tank trips is that they're relatively inexpensive!

I was able to put on my Travel Agent hat and score some really great deals for us. The fact that we went during the week was a bonus as well.

One Tank Trips are a great way to reconnect with your spouse because you're driving together. You can talk to one another openly about any and everything...that's exactly what we did! (Typically I'm like a baby...10 minutes on the road and ya girl is SLEEP! Not this time though :) I'm so proud LOL!). It's a great way to deepen the intimacy between you and your spouse because you're taking the opportunity to connect on an emotional level.

Here are a few suggestions on keeping costs down on One Tank Trips:

  • Go during the week, most hotel prices are lower during the week than weekend stays. It's worth playing hooky from work.

  • Pick a place that has free amenities like free parking or free breakfast

  • Choose free or low cost activities to explore

  • Prepare 1 or more meals at home and bring them with you

  • Budget for 1 splurge item

What are some of your tips and tricks for traveling on a budget?


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