Ah, can you feel it? The summer sun, open road, wind in your hair, beach chair and drink in your hand are waiting for you. With many Americans spending into the thousands for vacations, we have 5 ways you can travel in style without breaking the bank. Plan wisely, search for deals and think of alternative ways to relax and unwind. Planning for your budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun when you travel.
Jet Setter. Summer is a time for exploring—domestically and even for those deciding to make the trip across the pond. For several weeks during the summer, the airlines and hotels offer special travel rates to encourage last minute excursions. Orbitz.com has identified those weeks as June 5-11 (average airfare $300), July 3-9 (average airfare $337) and August 28- September 3 (average airfare $280). Never mind the guilt—these deals will allow you to enjoy the summer without breaking the bank.
Shut Up And Drive. Gas prices in many areas of the country have continued to stay low. You know what that means? ROADTRIP! If your budget doesn’t allow for airfare, you can find plenty of fun by hitting the pavement. Plan a weeklong trip that allows for two or three stops in cities with attractions and landmarks to explore for the first time.
House Hunters. Want a cheaper travel alternative to staying at a hotel? Stop dreaming about a beach vacation, camping adventure or destination getaway and make it happen. Opt for a more cost efficient choice by grabbing family or friends and renting a beach house, cabin or cottage. Hotels can have high nightly rates and fees that add up to a major check out bill. Depending on the size and location of the house, cost per couple should only be between $250 and $400 total. After the house is taken care of split the cost of food, cook every night and enjoy good company.
Day Trippin’. In today’s world, it’s normal for professionals to work during vacation or not take a vacation at all. According to Project: Time Off, more than 40 percent of Americans don’t plan on using vacation time. For workaholics who aren’t planning on taking a big trip this summer, consider a day trip to an area close to home. Every city has surrounding areas that are worth visiting, so start up that Google search and hit the road for the day.
School’s Out For Summer! Kids deserve an adventure, too, and summer camps can be a lifesaver for parents! Before breaking into that happy dance, make sure there are enough funds to cover this expense. According to the American Camp Association, fees to attend camp vary from less than $100 to more than $1,500 per week. The best idea is to check the summer budget and see what type of camp is a good fit.