We’re stretching your dollar with three tips that can save you big bucks.
Ditching summer travel? You’re not alone. A new report shows 39 million adults won’t be taking a summer vacation this year because they can’t afford it. According to survey from Bankrate, the average expense is $1,979.
But don’t let that keep you home. Travel experts say a little planning can keep costs low without skimping out on the fun.
“Having a good vacation experience really comes down to being prepared and doing a bit of research,” said Dayvee Sutton, Travel Expert & Host.
The biggest expense is usually airfare so experts say follow these three steps to save big.
First, be flexible when it comes to when and where you can go.
Next, consider traveling in the off season.
Or better yet, experts recommend you book travel in the shoulder season which is between peak and off season.
“You might compromise a little bit on weather but you can save on your accommodations and experiences,” said Sutton.
And finally, use online tools and apps to research, plan and book the cheapest options for airfare and accommodations.
“You don’t have to worry about tracking it. It will send a notification right to your phone,” said Sutton.
And remember you don’t have to go at it solo. Experts say a travel agent can typically book your vacation for free because they charge the vendors not you.
“You can just tell them what your budget is and then they will do the work to get you what you want,” said Sutton.
So, while expensive, vacations don’t have to be out of reach.