Tuesday Tips: Summer Vacation Planning

summervacaBefore you know it, kids will be out of school and summer vacation will be in full swing. This means that many people will be planning vacations to various places. Vacation planning can be difficult without a little bit of guidance.

Follow these tips in order to make your summer vacation planning a breeze.

Tuesday Tips:

• Talk to your family members and see what places that they are interested in visiting.
• Once you decide a location, include everybody in the planning process. Pick out the activities, accommodations, and travel arrangements together to get everybody excited.
• If you have young kids, start some sort of countdown so that they are counting down the days until vacation.
• If you are on a budget, consider taking a trip to a place that is off-season. You can get affordable rates at ski resorts in the summer. They usually offer plenty of activities to keep an “outdoorsy” family very busy.
• Create a vacation budget and start saving early.
• If you will be driving, make sure you get your car checked out before you go. Also, check out these tips to get the best gas mileage.
• Consider staying in a home or condo. You can find great properties all over the world on Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO). These properties have  great amenities and are often times much cheaper than staying in a hotel.
• Avoid traveling over Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July, and Labor Day weekend. These times of the summer are very popular for travel, and are usually much more expensive and busy.
• Have a vacation at home. You can visit local amusement parks, playgrounds, or pitch a tent in your backyard. These fun activities are quite affordable and are a great option for families on a budget.

Wherever you end up spending your summer vacation, make sure you budget accordingly. There are several website where you can find great travel deals. You can also look on Groupon for hotel deals, tickets to local attractions, discounted restaurant vouchers, and much more.

Safe travels!

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