Cheap birthday getaways

Updated February 21, 2017

Getting away for your birthday doesn't have to be expensive. Treat yourself to something that you enjoy that will emotionally fill you up but won't physically deplete your bank account. Either go by yourself for a do-as-you-please getaway or bring along close friends and family to help you celebrate your special day. Whether you are getting away just for the big day or have a weekend in mind, celebrate your birthday in style without spending a lot of money.

Off season Destinations

Find out which destinations are off season by visiting websites such as If you live near Las Vegas, for example, and you were born in May through November, try ringing in your birthday by playing the slot machines or taking a stroll down the Vegas strip. Enjoy the charming downtown district of Sebring, Florida or visit SeaWorld in Orlando, when your birthday is between the middle of September through the last week in October.


Pack up your car with a tent, food and other essentials and head to a beautiful beach or relaxing campground. Choose a beach campsite and soak in the sun or play games during the day and roast marshmallows at night. Remember to bring birthday candles and something sweet to celebrate with, such as a cake, pie or cookies that don't need refrigeration.

Swapping Residences

Visit or and browse through hundreds of available residences that you can swap with. Booking this kind of weekend enables you to get away for your birthday while saving money on lodging. Once settled in, explore the town during the day and have dinner out at night. Call ahead to the restaurant and mention it is for a birthday celebration. You are likely to receive a dessert on the house.

Borrow a Residence

Would your grandmother's lakefront house be the perfect destination for you and your friends? Use her boat for recreation, for example, and your birthday getaway will only include transportation and food. Perhaps someone you know has a rental house in a desirable location. Would they allow you to vacation there as a special birthday gift to you?

Road Trip

Save money by going on a road trip. Combine eating out and filling an ice chest with foods such as bagels, cream cheese, fruit and lots of dried snack items. Use your sleeping bag and tent for lodging. When mapping out your trip, go toward beaches and national parks that are scenic. Obtain a park pass and use it to hike and explore year round.


When you purchase an initial spa treatment over the phone, mention it is your birthday and some places might offer you a discount. Zen Spa, in Calabasas, California, features the Birthday Bliss Promo, which entitles you to £32 off an 80-minute massage on your actual birthday. Find a large spa and, after purchasing just one spa treatment, plan on using the complimentary amenities all day. Amenities can range from relaxing steam and wet rooms to a cold-plunging pool, jacuzzi and meditation room. Enjoy complimentary fresh fruit and snacks, and then take a fitness class for free or a nominal fee.

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Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.