Summer Fun on a Budget


With kids out of school and weather that begs for a trip to the beach or pool, the summer months mean summer vacations. And summer vacations mean lots of money, right?

Not necessarily. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy amazing summer trips on a budget. Here’s how:

Stay close to home.
Have you ever taken the time to explore your own backyard? Chances are, there are some amazing hidden vacation spots or day trips within a gas tanks’ drive away. Just Google “Things to do in (your city)” and see what comes up.

Go in on a vacation.
When it comes to a vacation, the more the merrier! Go in on a trip with family or family friends, and have everyone split the lodging and food costs. A vacation home on the beach that costs $1,000 a week may be out of your budget now, but split among three families, it lowers costs significantly.

Book with the hotels or airlines directly.
It used to be that third-party sites or Groupon were always the way to go when booking hotels or flights. Not anymore. More and more hotels and airlines guarantee the lowest prices if you book through them directly, so make sure you check their websites as well.

Redeem rewards.
If you have unused credit card or customer loyalty points to use up, now is the time! I’ve heard many stories of people who have paid for entire hotel stays or theme park tickets just with various rewards points.

Choose all-inclusive resorts.
When heading to a resort, make sure you choose an all-inclusive one. Most people find it easier to stick with a budget when they pay one price upfront. It also means you don’t have to worry about gratuity or how much of an alcohol tab you’ve run-up.

Plan ahead.
Sure, spontaneous trips are fun, but they can also be costly. This is especially true in the summer months when hotels, flights, and even restaurant reservations tend to fill up quickly. Make an itinerary and plan at least a few weeks ahead of time, so you can avoid paying the higher prices that come with last-minute travel.

Summer fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Do you have any tips for budget-friendly vacations? Share them in the comments!

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