If you're looking to go on vacation this year but are on a budget, you don't have to even leave Illinois for one of the best destinations in the United States.

This Illinois City Is One Of The Best Budget-Friendly Destinations In The U.S.

I believe going on vacation is one of the most important things that a person needs to do every year. Life is hard with so many ups and downs. We spend hours working each week. You need a break or you'll just wear yourself down.

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When I was growing up, my father worked very hard. I decided early on in my life that our family needed some sort of vacation every year. He stuck with that rule his whole life and was very happy with the decision. I have followed in his footsteps with that thought.

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I learned that it didn't have to be something super expensive. Taking a few days off and relaxing with family can work too. The only problem is that you could easily get distracted by the outside which could steal away your fun. It's usually best to get out of town for at least a couple of days.

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I understand there is just one problem with that philosophy. That's money. A vacation might not be in your budget. Especially with how expensive everything has gotten. Luckily, there are some affordable short trips you can take. In fact, you don't even have to leave Illinois.

Chicago was recently named # 8 for the most cost-friendly city for visiting families in the United States. Factors for this rating include the average cost of living, average gas prices, the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel, and the average price of a meal. Plus, there are many things you can do in the Windy City for free.

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