5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Mini-Vacation

mini-stay in Sandbridge

We know you want to spend as much time as possible on your vacation in Sandbridge, but sometimes a full week just isn’t in the cards. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you have to forego your vacation totally or have any less fun! Any time between September and May, there are properties available for less than a seven day stay or “mini-vacation” (we call it a mini-stay). READ MORE

Top Vacation Budget Tips for Sandbridge Beach (More)

family vacation budget tips
At Sandbridge Blue, we realize that family vacations are all about memories. When you think of your vacation to Sandbridge Beach, we want you to remember how much fun you had and how much you enjoyed spending quality time with your family…not how expensive it was.

With this in mind, we came up with a few budget-friendly activities to add on to our previous article, Top 7 Vacation Budget Tips for Sandbridge Beach, that you can take advantage of while on vacation to save you money while also fostering family bonding.

Budget-Friendly Activities

Make the most of your money and the time you have away with your family in Sandbridge by incorporating these activities into your vacation plans:

  • Participate in Water Activities – While a favorite beach pastime is just catching some rays and maybe reading a book, some people want a little more activity in their beach day itinerary. If you have children, teens, or even young adults in your group, they can spend hours surfing the waves on a body or “boogie board”. If you don’t have boogie boards already, no worries! You can rent some from Surf and Adventure Co. and enjoy free delivery and pickup. Also check out their kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals!
  • Plan a Family Game or Movie Night – Enjoy a night-in with the family at your vacation home with dinner and a movie or family game night. Fry up the fresh fish you caught at the pier, play some board or card games, and then relax on the couch with a family movie and build a blanket fort for the kids to camp out on the living room floor.
  • Go Berry Picking in Pungo – There’s nothing like fresh strawberries you picked right from the farm! Virginia Beach is known for some of the most delicious strawberries and the kids will have a blast harvesting their own fresh treat. Just south of Sandbridge is Pungo Agricultural District with 16 different places to pick your own strawberries; hurry though, Strawberry season in Virginia Beach runs from April through June and the best berries are available early in the season. Depending on what time of year your Virginia Beach vacation is, you may even be able to pick your own bushel of blueberries, blackberries, kale, cabbage, or even wildflowers!
  • Geocache around Sandbridge – Never been geocaching before? Geocaching is a fun (free) way to explore the outdoors and bond with friends and family. Basically, someone will hide a “cache” of some sort with hints about its location and people use a Geocaching App with GPS to find it. Once you find it, you add your name to the paper log (if there is one) and log that you found it on geocaching.com. Not only will you get plenty of exercise and enjoy the challenge of the hunt, but the only cost to you is the price of gas from one area to another!
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    Top 7 Vacation Budget Tips for Sandbridge Beach – Updated

    budget tips in sandbridge
    If you’re looking for a beach vacation but think that it may be too expensive then consider staying at Sandbridge Beach! When you stay in Sandbridge you can have a relaxing, secluded vacation without breaking the bank. This may sound too good to be true, but we’ve provided 7 vacation budget tips to help you plan your next beach vacation!

    Vacation Budget Tips

    1. Check For Specials and Discounts

    One of the best money saving tips we can give any vacationer is to check for specials. The best benefit to staying in Sandbridge as opposed to Virginia Beach is the seclusion.  We all know the old saying “you get what you pay for” but in this case you can get the seclusion of Sandbridge for close to the same price as busy Virginia Beach. Our Specials page is constantly updated to reflect the most current discounts and specials.

    1. Make The Most of Your Rental

    Your vacation rental should have everything you need to enjoy a budget-friendly vacation. All our properties include a full-sized kitchen and a grill. Since you will have a kitchen and grill you can save money by cooking rather than going out to eat. Most of our properties are equipped with some form of entertainment: pool table, foosball table, volleyball court, private pool, etc. Having this kind of entertainment is a fun, cheap way to enjoy your vacation while you’re not on the beach.

    1. Rent Beach Equipment

    I know what you’re thinking, “why rent beach equipment when I’m trying to have a budget-friendly vacation?” Well the fact of the matter is you can rent kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards, and bicycles fairly cheap for the entire week.

  • Visit Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
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    5 Things to Double Check Before Leaving on Vacation – Updated

    Leaving on Vacation
    There is nothing more exciting than the week before you go on a vacation. You begin to think about all the fun you will have and how relaxing it will be to get away for a whole week. What people don’t always expect is how stressful it can be to make sure you have everything taken care of in preparation for the trip. It’s easy to forget things when you’re scrambling around the day before you leave to make sure everything is good to go. Here are 5 things to double check before leaving on vacation.

    Double Check Your Car

    Few things are as scary as having car trouble when you’re on a road trip. Trying to fix mechanical problems on the side of a busy interstate or a deserted back road is enough to put a serious damper on your fun. Before you leave, check (or have a professional check) your brakes, oil, fluids and tires to be sure there aren’t any problems waiting to happen. A check up with a professional mechanic will be sure to ease road trip worries. It’s also a good idea to look into AAA if you don’t already happen. Even if your car checks out fine that doesn’t mean you can’t get a flat tire on the trip. You will thank yourself later when you don’t have to unpack the entire trunk to get to the spare tire and jack on the side of the road.

    Don’t Let You Mail Pile Up

    Burglars often check mailboxes in an effort to determine if a house is empty. Those with days’ worth of mail piled up give a clear signal that the homeowner is away. Before you leave, make arrangements with the post office to hold your mail or ask a neighbor to pick it up daily. This will also prevent scammers from going through your mail and gaining access to potential sensitive information.

    Safeguard Your House

    When you’re going on vacation, it is wise to safeguard your house before you leave. Unplug counter top appliances and television sets, so they don’t become victims of lightning while you’re gone. Turn off the water to your washing machine to prevent flooding and lock the gate to your pool (if you have one), so no animals or children are accidentally harmed. You may want to set your thermostat accordingly to the time of year you are leaving. It is recommended in the summer to keep your thermostat around 75 degrees and your heat at around 55 in the winter in order to maintain your home and keep the electricity bill down that week you will be away.

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    Top 10 Tips for Road Trips with Kids – Updated

    road trip with kids
    Whether it’s a week-long summer vacation or just a weekend getaway, time at Sandbridge beach is always looked forward to. The drive however can sometimes be trying. With the right preparation, a road trip with kids can be rather less miserable than expected, maybe even fun! From preparing the car to prepping activities, this post has you covered!

  • Don’t be in a hurry. With kids you are going to run late, especially with all the emergency potty stops. Allow plenty of time so your stress levels remain low.
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    20 Brilliant Travel Hacks for Your Next Sandbridge Vacation

    20 Travel Hacks to Use When Traveling to Sandbridge Beach

    Don’t you just hate it when you leave important things at home? Yet it happens
    every day. Here are 20 handy traveling tips and tricks to try the next time you visit Sandbridge Beach.

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  • If you’re bringing your
    family (or a party of friends) with you on your trip, chances are you will have lots of devices to charge at
    the end of the day. Pack an extra power strip in your bag to keep everyone powered up and happy.
  • Pack
    all your liquids in zip-top baggies to avoid the horror of opening a suitcase full of clothing covered in
    shampoo or sunscreen.
  • Make a quick and easy cork keychain to attach to your keyring.
    This will help your car or boat keys stay near the surface of the water in case they fall overboard during
    your seaside adventures. (From GreenMoxie.com)
  • Pack your jewelry in pill cases or
    divided plastic tackle organizers; bead organizers work too. This will keep earrings in pairs and necklaces
    from getting tangled in knots. (Troy-Bumpassin.com)
  • Tuck a folded garbage bag into one
    of your shoes in the suitcase — you can use it to hold dirty laundry during the trip.
  • Bring
    a couple of dryer sheets to slip into your suitcase for the journey home to keep the odor of filthy clothing
    under control.
  • Pack zip-top baggies, both large and small sizes, for snacks, storage,
    wet clothing, and many other things.
  • Pack a couple of clothespins to help close curtains
    tighter and seal out light in your room. You’ll be glad you did on those mornings after a late night out.
  • Pack
    a roll of duct tape and safety pins for those random little fix-it jobs that pop up unexpectedly. If you
    don’t have room for a full roll of duct tape, use an empty toilet paper roll or chunky pencil to make a
    pint-sized tape roll.
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    Budget-Wise Vacation Ideas For Sandbridge Beach, VA

    budget tips in sandbridge
    If you and your kids love the beach but want a quieter vacation than the bustling resort atmosphere of Virginia Beach affords, Sandbridge Beach, Virginia offers everything you are looking for! You can plan a relaxing, secluded beach vacation, explore natural habitats and wildlife refuges, and participate in all the water activities you love without breaking the bank when you plan for a budget-friendly stay in your beautiful Sandbridge rental home.

    Planning Your Budget-Friendly Itinerary

    Sandbridge offers five miles of white, sandy beaches, towering sand dunes, and sun-soaked ocean vistas. You can make the most of your trip when you incorporate some of these low- or no-cost activities into your itinerary:

    =&0=&—As home to thousands of geese, ducks, swans, sea turtles, and other wildlife, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers eight miles of trails where visitors can explore the beauty of nature. For just a few dollars, you can purchase a day pass to take your family hiking or biking along the scenic trails, where you may spot a bald eagle or brown pelican.
    =&1=&—Located at the southern tip of Sandbridge Beach, Little Island Park offers plenty of activities for both children and adults. Play a pickup basketball game, let the smaller kids enjoy the playground, and bring a picnic basket to enjoy at one of the shaded shelters. In the afternoon, venture onto the beach for swimming and surfing, or just enjoy a stroll in the sunshine as you look for shells.
    =&2=&—Bring your boogie boards for some wild, crazy ocean fun! Easier than surfing, boogie boarding lets you and your kids experience the excitement of catching some waves without the athletic prowess needed for other kinds of watersports. If you don’t have boogie boards, you can rent them for about $20 per week.
    =&3=&—Most rental homes in Sandbridge include a grill for the backyard. Fire up the barbecue for some hamburgers and hot dogs or slap some steak and chicken on the grill for an unbeatable outdoor dinner. When you are pleasantly full, relax on the deck to enjoy the sunset or take a walk along the beach to look for shells.
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    Top 10 Tips for Road Trips with Kids

    Whether it’s a week long summer vacation or a family
    reunion, time at Sandbridge Beach is always looked forward to. The drive, however, can sometimes be trying
    especially if you have small children. When it comes to road trips with little ones, these 10 suggestions
    can reduce stress and make your travels much more fun. =&0=&
    – Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out how to entertain your kids. Search for ideas online, ask
    friends and compile a list you can pull from.=&1=&
    – With kids, you’re going to run late. It’s pretty much a given. Allow plenty of time so your stress levels
    remain low.=&2=& – You know you’ll need them and
    wipes are so useful for tabletops, messes, washing hands and more.=&3=& – I Spy and the Alphabet Game are two long-standing
    favorites.=&4=&

    5 Things to Double-Check Before Leaving on Vacation

    The week before vacation can be quite frantic. Trying to get projects
    wrapped up at work, staying ahead of the laundry so you have clothes to wear now and clothes to pack, and
    keeping an emotional cap on your kids (and yourself) are just a few of your chores. There is little wonder
    that these five things often get overlooked by people rushing out the door for a fun-filled vacation at Sandbridge Beach.=&0=&
    – Few things are as scary as having car trouble when you’re on a road trip. Trying to fix mechanical
    problems on the side of a busy interstate or a deserted back road is enough to put a serious damper on your
    fun. Before you leave, check (or have a professional check) your brakes, oil, fluids and tires to be sure
    there aren’t any problems waiting to happen.=&1=&– Burglars often
    check mailboxes in an effort to determine if a house is empty. Those with days’ worth of mail piled up give
    a clear signal that the homeowner is away. Before you leave, make arrangements with the post office to hold
    your mail or ask a neighbor to pick it up daily.=&2=&– When you’re
    going on vacation, it is wise to safeguard your house before you leave. Unplug countertop appliances and
    television sets, so they don’t become victims of lightning while you’re gone. Turn off the water to your
    washing machine to prevent flooding and lock the gate to your pool (if you have one), so no animals or
    children are accidentally harmed. =&3=&– If you aren’t
    bringing your pets with you to Sandbridge, make arrangements with a friend or kennel. Be sure that your
    pets’ shots are up to date and that whoever is keeping them has any medicine or special food they need. =&4=&– Make a list of any medications you or your family members are on and get refills if need be. By
    taking a little bit of time to double-check these five things, you’ll have a safer and more relaxing visit
    to the Sandbridge Beach.

    Planning a Sandbridge Beach Vacation? Here’s What You Need to Know

    If you’ve ever worked with travel agents, you’re aware
    that they have a standard list of questions they ask before beginning. Once they have the answers, they use
    the information to come up with a fabulous adventure for you and your family. You can easily do the same.

    Who’s Going on Vacation?

    Just you and your honey? Mom, Dad and a couple
    of small children? Older folks? From a solo trip to a grand family reunion, knowing how many people and who
    they are will alter every other part of the planning process.If your getaway
    includes anyone other than your immediate family, start a list that includes the person’s name and any
    special needs he or she may have. For instance, if Grandma is coming along and she uses a wheelchair, you’ll
    need to make arrangements with the airline and be sure to book a rental home that is handicap-accessible.

    What’s Your Budget?

    As much as we’d love to say, “Money is no object,”
    when it comes to our vacations, most people can’t. Getting a firm grasp on how much you can comfortably
    spend is a vital first step. Without understanding what’s within your budget, you won’t be able to get too
    far into the planning process.

    When Are You Traveling?

    If you
    want to be in Sandbridge Beach during popular dates, book ahead and plan to pay more. Festivals, July 4th,
    Memorial Day and Labor Day all draw big crowds and can cause rental car, food and other prices to increase.
    If you have a special occasion that requires you to travel on specific dates (birthday, anniversary,
    wedding), you’ll also want to start your search for accommodations early to ensure you get what you want.If you can, be flexible with your dates. Whether it’s rental cars or lodging, being in a
    position to take what’s available can oftentimes save you a good deal of money.

    During
    the Drive

    Don’t forget to plan things to do during the drive. Parents.com
    has wonderful tips for moms and dads who are traveling with kids that list several creative ideas to occupy
    children.Keep a bag at the ready that contains wipes, napkins, medicine and any
    other vitals you might need. Also pack a cooler with drinks and snacks. If you’re traveling a long distance,
    schedule a stop at a rest area so everyone can stretch their legs and enjoy a picnic lunch. You can search
    online for a list of rest stops by entering the state you’ll be traveling through, plus the interstate and
    the phrase “rest areas.”

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