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Summer Travel: 5 Travel Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

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Summer travel is upon us. Here are 5 ideas that won't break the bank!

If you’re reading this, you’re probably like me. Our family loves a getaway trip, but it can be a struggle to afford a summer travel trip.

But don't worry! I think that my travel ideas will help you to keep your budget intact and still get away with the family.

There are plenty of fantastic places around the good old U.S.A that are well worth checking out which will fall within your budget!

5 Summer Travel Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

1. Theme Parks Like Cedar Point

We took our youth group to Cedar Point a couple of years ago and man was it a blast! You can save money by staying in an Air BNB or VRBO accommodation versus a hotel.

You can also save money by purchasing your tickets online at Wadav ahead of time and bundling what you want to do. I would allow two days for the theme park because it is SO massive.

2. A Beach Trip is In Order

One of our favorite budget-friendly trips is to the Gulf Shores area where we hit the beach and stay there.

My best tip is the further you stay out from the main part of the city, the more money you will save. The condos and hotels are higher right in the heart of the city, but stay out farther and you can save a ton of money that way.

You can opt to stay in lodges and bed and breakfast accommodation near the beach, far away from the crowded areas or the city. It’s good to research affordable accommodations before you go or ask locals once you get there. In that way, you can enjoy the beach this summer in a more relaxing way and privately without spending that much.

3. Smoky Mountains is a Must

A lot of people say that it is expensive to stay in the Smoky Mountains, but we have learned that you can save money and have a great vacation.

Don’t let anybody stop you from enjoying an unforgettable experience in the Smoky Mountains. Many dedicated travel websites and tour deals give discounts from time to time. You can sign up on these travel and tour websites to receive updates on promotions and special rates.

Try staying in a cabin with another family to share the cost OR find a hotel like the Margaritaville that offers a place to play and stay (and you never ever have to leave the area!)

4. Staycations are Great

I have learned that there are many areas within a couple of hours driving distance to where I live that are amazing and fun to see and do.

I live in Western, Kentucky, but just about 3 hours from me is a small town called Harrodsburg, KY that offers a fun and relaxing time right near where I live.

When taking a staycation, you can choose to stay in a bed and breakfast (which saves money) or a hotel. Be sure if you stay in a hotel, you use sites like Trip Advisor or to save money.

Dedicated travel booking websites usually offer great deals because they have close partnerships with hotels. You can save up to 50% on hotel bookings with exclusive perks included, such as free complimentary breakfast or dinner. Make your staycations unforgettable by taking advantage of these summer deals.

5. Use Southwest to Book a Trip

How do you want to get to your summer destination? Whether you plan to travel by driving one of the used motorhomes, bus commuting, or boarding a plane, choose a transportation mode that suits your budget. A great way to save transport money is to use a dedicated booking platform to book a summer trip.

I've been looking at all the amazing places to travel when Southwest offers their flights for $70-$100 round trip. For me, that is such a great price — and when I use Southwest to book those hotels and flights, I save money in the process.

This summer I am going to Atlanta — and my trip basically is costing me $70 for the flight, and about $200 for the Air BNB.

As you can see, there is always a way to save money and have the kind of summer travel trip you've always wanted. Don't be afraid to plan your next vacation. Do your research, save money in the process and have a great time with the family!

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Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Cedar point is so much fun. Our boys loved being there. I agree the beach is always a good go to place .

Claudia Krusch

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

I love Cedar Point! We go every year! Such a great place!


Wednesday 11th of July 2018

My husband has South West points to use! We did a Staycation this year here but I am so regretting it!


Wednesday 11th of July 2018

A beach trip is still in order for us this summer! I also use Southwest when flying the whole family places.


Wednesday 11th of July 2018

I love the idea of a staycation. And we love going to the beach. We tend to make it a camping trip.

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