02/28/2012 10:39 am ET Updated Feb 28, 2012

Obligation Trips Turned Leisure Vacations With These Side Trip Travel Ideas

As the winter months begin to thaw, the travel season will be upon us. Post 50s may find themselves pulled in multiple travel directions with reunions, college graduations, weddings and other obligation trips filling up their travel calendars and invading their savings.

Forty-one percent of U.S. travelers spend the majority of their vacation budgets on obligation trips, according to survey data recently released by As travelers jet around for other people's milestones, many are wishing for a getaway of their own. Hotwire's survey found that 89 percent of adults want to take more leisure trips but don't have the time or money for these vacations.

What's a busy, budget-conscious traveler to do?

“It’s no surprise that obligation trips monopolize travel budgets and time, but with a little flexibility and creativity you can use these must-go trips to your advantage,” Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group, said in a statement. “There’s no better way to keep in budget than by making the most of the travel investment that you’ve already made. By adding extra days at the end of must-go trips, travelers can create more leisure time for themselves, which can be used to explore a new side of the city they are already in or venture to a nearby destination.”

Add some leisure to your next obligation trip with one of these vacation-worthy side trips based on five of Hotwire's most-booked destinations:

Hotwire's 5 Most-Booked Vacation Destinations