Thanksgiving is the time of year to gather friends and family to celebrate nature’s bounty. Traditionally, it has always been a festive occasion to appreciate a successful harvest.
However, with the tiresome obligations to prepare and provide the typical turkey dinner and all that goes with it, Thanksgiving can also be a very work-intensive occasion. If you invite overnight guests, there are beds to be made, towels to put out and socks to be washed. Then the dinner and all other meals must be followed up by dish-washing, house cleaning and days of leftovers.
However, there are ways to get away from the usual home dining tradition, and to make the holiday both exciting and friendly on the wallet.
1. Take the gang on a Thanksgiving weekend cruise: At sea, there are no dinner or household chores, and everyone can enjoy all the amenities of sun, swim and carefree dining. The big holiday dinner is served, with no before- nor after-dinner chores to do. You don’t even have to make your own bed. The typical cost is from $50 to $100 a day per person, and it’s all inclusive.
2. Thanksgiving, Las Vegas style: Vegas is all about luxury hotels and casinos, and everything there is inexpensive to lure gamblers to bring their wallets. You can book a wallet-friendly posh two-bedroom, two bath suite for $200 a night that sleeps eight people, large or small, in comfort. All-you-can-eat buffets offer $5 breakfasts, $10 lunches and $20 dinners, including a big one on Thanksgiving Day. Your big brother can have two turkey legs, while you eat three pieces of pumpkin pie.
Complete the Las Vegas celebration with an enjoyable Broadway-style evening of entertainment at a cost of $50 a person. Don’t be too surprised if just maybe you make a big hit on the 25-cent poker machine to pay for it all.
3. Pool your resources: Plan together with friends and family to celebrate this Thanksgiving at a local restaurant or hotel. If you want privacy, you can hold the dinner in a private room. If it’s inconvenient to travel far out of town, with all the stresses involved, this could be an excellent choice.
Traveling away from home to an exciting destination can make the holiday more of an adventure. It may not be cheaper than doing all the shopping, cooking, serving, diswashing and clean-up yourselves for an in-home dinner. However, it will be much more enjoyable and relaxing for everyone.
Wallet-friendly Thanksgiving destinations away from the usual home-bound routine are worth considering. They can make the holiday a time to be happily remembered long into the future.