Monday, June 21, 2010

Save Money on Summer Vacation

We work hard all year long and we all live for summer vacation. Many Americans love to travel during the summer and family vacations usually begin during the Memorial Day holiday. The economy the past few years has made it difficult for many families to take a summer vacation.

Many airlines have increased prices and gas prices are high again this summer. If you can afford to take a vacation without hurting your budget and will still be able to pay all of your bills when you get back, then definitely take a vacation. Here are 5 ways to save money during summer vacation.

1. Plan ahead. Plan in advance to save money to go on vacation without using your credit card to pay for it.

2. Talk to others. Talk to friends and neighbors about their vacations and find out how they planned their vacation, i.e. ask about any discounts or sales they know about, inexpensive restaurants, shops, etc.

3. Act fast. When you see or hear about sales or discounts you have to move quickly to capitalize on the deal because they usually don't last long.

4. Shop around. Shop around to find the best deals. Visit websites like,, or to find cheap rates for hotel, airfare and cruises.

5. Shop before you leave. Buy traveler's checks which can quickly be replaced if lost. If your credit card is stolen you may not have another credit card available to purchase any necessities. Buy toiletries and other necessities before traveling.

If you want to take a vacation and cannot afford it, here are 5 simple things to do in the meantime:

1. Camp out in your backyard.

2. Take a road trip and go camping a few hours or at a local camp park.

3. Visit local caverns.

4. Spend the day at a water park or amusement park.

5. Go sightseeing in your local area.

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