8 Tips to Keep Your Summer Travel Costs Low

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When it comes to summer vacation it’s easy to overspend on travel, hotels, eating at restaurants and activities. It’s your vacation after all! But you don’t want to come home to a pile of bills. Here are a few tips for having a great vacation on a budget:

  • Spend Within Your Means 
    1. Be realistic about what you can spend. Everyone wants to go on an adventure of a lifetime, but scheduling a trip you can’t afford can stress you out and leave you with a stack of bills.
    2. Create an Itinerary
    3. Research all the costs associated with your destination – transportation, food, lodging, activities, etc., and figure out how many days you need to do everything on your vacation.
  • Make a Travel Budget 
    1. You want to make sure you have the money to cover all the activities you plan to do. Create a budget based on your available travel funds and calculate what you can spend each day. You may have to cut out some places from your list or reduce the number of days you will vacation if you go over your budget.
  • Book Activities in Advance 
    1. It’s a good idea to book activities ahead online. Without a reservation, you may run the risk of a tour running out of available spots. Instead, book ahead. You can often find group-discount rates or other deals for many tourist destinations and even off-the-beaten path activities by just putting in the research time. Booking activities before you go on your trip will save you unneeded stress and money.
  • Shop Around for the Best Deals 
    1. Many sites such as Expedia.com and Travelocity.com allow you to compare airlines hotel and rental car costs. Driving might be a cheaper than flying. Public transportation such as trains and buses may offer you lower travel rates than flights as well. Companies like Airbnb, rent unoccupied living space in other people’s homes can save you quite a bit of money on lodging.
  • Renting Your Place When You’re Away 
  1. Renting out your house or apartment through Craigslist or Airbnb can help you offset your travel costs. You may even come out ahead!
  • Use Public Transportation 
    1. Research the public transportation options at your destination before traveling. Renting a car can be a lot more expensive than taking trains, buses or just walking. If you absolutely must rent a car, book it ahead of time. You can typically find coupons, discounted rates and other deals by renting in advance.
  • Prepare for the UnexpectedB187-MN-6-17
  1. When planning your trip, set aside some extra money in your travel budget for emergencies. You never know what could happen. Your flight might get delayed. You might lose your credit card or your passport. Ten percent of your estimated budget is a good amount to set aside.

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