If you’re on the fence about taking a vacation this summer because you’re not sure if you can afford the one you want, don’t worry — there are so many ways you can enjoy a fun vacation without breaking the bank. Even though commercials and social media influencers may make it seem like it costs a bundle to get away from it all, you don’t need to be wealthy to have a good time — you just need to know how to get the best deals, and for that, we’re here to help.
Here are a few things to consider and research as you plan a summer vacation:
Getting a great deal on airfare.
If you want to vacation somewhere that requires flying, there are ways you can save on airfare and get a solid deal. If you have a few months before your trip, apps like Hopper can help you price out your flight by watching out for prices for your ideal destination. Once you know how much you can pay, sites like Kayak let you comparison shop between airlines and travel times. Also, flexibility here is key — certain days of the week, such as Tuesday, often come with cheaper prices.
Be flexible with your lodging options.
As more and more people get the travel bug, corporations and entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this open market with new hotel concepts, as well as home sharing with AirBnB and VRBO. Hostels are also an affordable option for travelers who appreciate a more communal experience. When you decide where you want to stay, consider more than just the nightly cost — for example, many home sharers offer full kitchens, which can allow you to save money on dining out every night. You also want to consider location as well — staying closer to big attractions can save you in cab / Uber fare.
Attractions to enjoy and things to do.
It’s true that certain attractions and locations will cost much more than others; for instance, if you want to visit a theme park in Southern California, it’s less expensive to enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm than the Disneyland Resort. Consider what you want to see and experience, and check out apps like Google Trips that let you organize your plans and reservations in one place so you can add up the sum of your costs. Groupon is also a popular and useful tool where you can purchase deals on travel, such as regional tours, excursions, and adventures.