The nine-month march in the run-up to the big day when your beautiful new baby makes their very first appearance can be anything but relaxing.
For many mommies-to-be, between the stress of prepping for their little’s hopefully timely arrival, and the exhaustion and fatigue that pregnancy brings, the idea of a quick getaway can be a welcome respite from the drudgery of everyday life.
If you’re looking to vacay before the big day without tapping into that budding budget you’ve stashed away for your dream nursery, you may need to look at a few inexpensive locales to luxuriate in on your pre-baby holiday.
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Las Vegas – While we know that the idea of heading out to sin city to celebrate the arrival of a new little may not seem like the most traditional plan, hear us out before you dismiss this shining desert oasis out of hand.
Vegas may be best known for gambling, partying, and drinking, but that’s far from all it has to offer, from the gorgeous nearby views of Red Rock Canyon to the shimmering lights of the many shows you can take in while there.
For a visitor looking to experience the lighter side of Vegas, lavish and luxe hotels are often cheap, as are stunning restaurants, and stress relieving trips to the area’s many day spas, many of whom offer pregnancy specific services.
Little Tip: If you’re still not sure that the bright lights of the big city are right to help you relax, a couple hours drive north of the city will bring you to Zion national park, a beautiful and truly serene locale to help you decompress before your brand new baby arrives.
The Outer Banks – If you’re feeling less of a desert trip and more of a soft ocean breeze and some fresh air for you and your future little, then the Outer Banks could be just the getaway you’ve been searching for.
Far from the bright lights and bustle of the big city, this island chain off the coast of North Carolina offers simply stunning views of the roaring waves of the ocean and the quiet tranquility of the sound.
Take a stroll down the beach to see the lighthouses, enjoy some fresh fare from the area’s many locally owned restaurants, or take a trip through the canals to spot local wildlife.
Little Tip: To get the best bang for your buck, skip the hotel scene and opt to rent out one of the local vacation homes for a week. With numerous options to choose from you can stay anywhere from a cozy bungalow on the waters edge to a luxury highrise condo, all for less than you would pay for standard lodging.
Siem Reap – If you’re looking for something a little further afield of where you’re used to, Cambodia’s Siem Reap offers stunning views and pregnancy friendly fun at a cost that is surprisingly affordable.
From ancient ruins to the area’s numerous luxurious resorts there’s no lack of things to do in this beautiful city, and with everything from verdant rainforests to vibrant beaches within driving distance, this city offers something for just about everyone.
If you’re far enough along that you can’t do a considerable amount of walking, but still want to see the city, hop on to one of the area’s motorized coach tours, enjoy the warm breeze, and take in the beautiful architecture as you relax.
Little Tip: Your flight will definitely be the priciest part of getting to Siem Reap, so fly out on a Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday to keep your ticket costs as low as possible and as always make sure that you are booking your flight within a time during your pregnancy when your doctor says you are cleared to fly.
New England – For many, New England engenders thoughts of quiet, sleepy harbor towns tucked in along the seaside, offering a beautiful respite from the stress of everyday life offering you a chance to take things slow before the baby arrives.
While there are many places in the North Eastern states where you’ll pay a premium for the simple luxury of a little downtime in privacy, many of the lesser-known seaside towns and inland hideaways offer options that are far more affordable.
Bed and Breakfasts are a well known regional staple, often offering lower rates than major resorts with included perks and amenities that may be hard to find anywhere else.
Little Tip: If you’re looking to cut costs, skip Martha’s Vinyard, and opt for the nearby Portland Maine, an idyllic seaside town that many couples overlook with a much more reasonable price tag, and plenty to enjoy.
Sedona – This off the beaten path Arizona gem is a shining beacon in the desert, with its rose-red stones, it’s fresh air that’s wonderfully healthy for you and your baby to be, and it’s absolutely breathtaking views of the natural landscape.
Several hours north of Phoenix, this little-known wonder is situated in the center of some of Arizona’s most beautiful National Parks, offering plenty for the nature lover in you to get excited about.
If you’re not feeling a hike through the stunning local wilderness, the area also has more than its fair share of highly affordable spas and wellness retreats, offering you a number of relaxing ways to while away your days.
Little Tip: If you’re not feeling comfortable being so far from the comforts of the city, Flagstaff is less than an hour north of Sedona, offering all the luxuries you’re looking for without being too far from amenities and hospitals.