Budgeting for you next big trip? The less you spend on airfare, the more you can budget towards dinners, shopping, and other vacation frills. Below, we’ve got 15 tips to help you snag the absolute best fare.
It’s that time of year again—school is out and you’re headed on your ultimate summer vacation. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, a partner, or solo, these 10 affordable summer destinations won’t disappoint. They may even leave you some extra money to save—or spend while you’re exploring the world.
Some general tips for affordable summer destinations: Travel on Tuesday or Wednesday for the cheapest fares; July 9 is considered the most expensive day to fly of the summer; airfare to Europe is cheaper than ever this summer.
When David Bakke visits Savannah, he loves dining at the upscale Olde Pink House. But Bakke, a writer for personal finance site MoneyCrashers, has figured out how to avoid the high price tag—he sits in the restaurant’s basement section, the Planters Tavern. “By taking the trip downstairs,” he says, “you get extraordinary ambiance and affordable food.”
There’s much to celebrate this month, not least of all the end of another school year. As such, destinations kick into high gear as crowds young and old seek out the best places to spend their long-awaited summer vacation.
Blame it on the heat, the sunshine, or the fact that picnic-in-the-park season is in full swing, but summer, for many, exudes an air of romance. Come June, the allure of Venice is irresistible: gondola rides down glittering canals, afternoon coffee breaks at sidewalk cafés, endless gelato between art galleries. You’ll find just as much magic in what some have dubbed the Venice of the North, Stockholm, where locals emerge from hibernation to don flower crowns and usher in the solstice. Meanwhile, summer in tropical Kaua’i—a Hawaiian fantasyland of cascading waterfalls, impenetrable rain forests, and rugged coastlines with some of the best beaches in the world as well as some of the best sunsets—is as beautiful as it gets.
And, possibly the best way to save money … have a staycation!
Despite lower gas prices and a strong dollar making travelling at home and abroad more economical, some could decide to spend their summer breaks at home, saving travel dollars. Let’s call it #Staycation2015, a hashtag you should look for on Facebook’s (FB) Instagram this summer.
A “staycation” is a recently popularized term used to mean a vacation spent in one’s home country or local area, choosing instead to catch up on home-improvement projects, day trips or relaxation, for instance.