Planning a Weekend Trip to Mexico on a Budget

Although I have been to Mexico many times, I thought it would be great to have a posting on the topic as many people are now looking to visit and travel to Mexico now that the lockdowns have been lifted!

I have been to Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Cabo and over course, Cancun, but never Mexico City. I need to start planning I think!

Photo via Pixabay by Mscxp

For many Americans, finding the time and the funds to take a weekend trip can be extremely difficult, but these days, it’s important to do the things that make us happy in a healthy way. With so many anxieties and stressors whether you’re a busy manager, parent, or student, it’s no wonder that so many people are looking for budget-friendly trips so they can get away from everything for a little bit and relax. But how do you do it when you only have time to head out for the weekend?

The key is to get creative, and it helps to do a little research as well. One of the most affordable trips you can take is a weekend jaunt to Mexico, where you can book a four-star hotel for a little over $60 per night and take in all the sights of a historic city like San Miguel de Allende. Located in Mexico’s central highlands, the city offers gorgeous architecture and cobblestone streets, as well as mild weather well into fall.

The David Cross Travel Blog shares some great tips on how to plan a weekend trip to plan to many places around the world.

Know Your Dates

One of the first major steps in planning a weekend getaway is to have firm dates so you can book your airfare and accommodations. Clear your schedule, and make sure there are no conflicts before you make any final decisions. Look for days and times that are off-season, as during peak times the flights will fill up faster and you’ll end up paying more. This also applies to hotels.

Avoid Scams

While traveling can be a time to relax, it can also be tricky. Making plans and using your credit card means you’re more susceptible to scams and theft, so only use companies that are confirmed with the Better Business Bureau before giving them any of your information. Travel fraud is a very real thing that affects many Americans every year, so it’s important to only do business with reputable agencies.

Skip the All-Inclusive Resort

These types of resorts are wonderful if you’re going to be staying for a week or longer, but if you’ll only be there for a couple of days, it’s probably in your best interest to pay as you go. You can download an app such as Trail Wallet that will help you keep track of exactly how much you’ve spent on your trip so you won’t have any nasty surprises down the road.

Plan a Little

For many travelers, the idea of a weekend trip comes with the need to get away, destress, and not plan too much. Flying by the seat of your pants can be freeing sometimes, but when it comes to saving money, it’s not always the best option. Instead of winging it, plan a bit so you’ll know how much you can expect to spend on a given day. You might do some research on local restaurants or tourist attractions to find out the average cost of a meal or ticket, or consider how you’ll get around. In many cities around the world, small motorbikes are popular because they allow for fast travel without having to deal with traffic. These can often be rented for the day.

Planning a weekend trip to anywhere on a budget can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Simply think ahead as much as possible and do some research before you commit to anything. With a good plan and a little thought, you (or you and your family) can have a wonderful weekend getaway in Mexico without breaking the bank.

By Jesse Clark from

P.S. If you want a good example of what a great trip to Mexico City looks like in the summer of 2021, then check out Paul Thurrott’s trip blog which really makes the city look a great opportunity to visit on a budget!

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