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Have your vacation plans been upset because of your empty wallet? Is your dream Hawaiian vacation just a dream this year because of your budget?
If you’re looking at starting the summer with no cash to spare on a lavish summer vacation, have no fear. There are still loads of frugal ways to spend your summer months while still having fun.
Maybe your wallet won’t let you spend thousands of dollars on a first class flight to Hong Kong this year, but there are a lot of other great cheap vacation options out there.
Check travel agencies or online booking sites to find all-inclusive vacation packages or last-minute deals on flights to popular destinations. Do a little bit of research to find which airlines use nearby cities as hub airports to save money and cut down on layovers.
The most important rule of thumb in booking cheap vacations is to be flexible. Even if Houston and Baltimore aren’t at the top of your must-see list, go ahead and snag that crazy, cheap deal. These cities and many others offer a wide array of fun activities for out-of-towners that might just deliver your most memorable vacation ever.
If even a cheap travel deals are too far out of your budget, consider taking a “stay-cation”—a summer vacation based in and around your home city. Check out the local newspapers and tourist guides to find places and activities that you may not have even known were in your hometown. Look on online message boards or chamber of commerce websites to find festivals, concerts, and events that happen once a year.
A stay-cation may not sound very intriguing at first, but the more creative you are, the more fun you can have with it. Is a trip to the beach out? Consider taking your swimsuit for a dive at the city pool, or use your at-home sprinkler system to create an instant water party. Go to the planetarium, and then wake up at three o’clock in the morning to go star gazing. Check to see if your city or a nearby city has summertime specials on aquarium and zoo passes or go ahead and invest in that bucket good for annual popcorn refills at your local movie theater.
With a little planning and a strong drive to find fun, you can have a host of adventures that are easy on the budget and big on the adventure. Stay flexible and get creative this summer and keep your wallet full at the same time.