My son texted me late last night (college kids, geesh!), “Mom, can we explore North Carolina this summer? I mean REALLY explore it?” I thought we had, but apparently, my adventurous spirit is multiplied in the next generation. He wants to discover new restaurants and places we have not yet seen.
His text is a good reminder. If you haven’t made summer vacation plans yet, now is the time! Decide where you want to go AND make sure it fits your budget.
Making Summer Vacation Plans (tips and resources):
- If you’re set on a destination, make sure it’s affordable. Even expensive summer destinations offer budget options. Choose wisely to avoid credit card debt.
- If you know your budget, choose a destination that fits. We went to Paris, France last year and there’s just no way to get there from here on a budget of $1,000 (for a family of five anyway). To save for that vacation, we chose super-budget friendly vacation options for a couple years.
- Some people aren’t sure how to budget for vacation. These tips will get you started.
- Set a realistic budget. Consider all expenses: hotel, travel costs, food and entertainment expenses before you book that trip.
- Travel options: Planes, trains and automobiles. Which is best for you?
- Lodging options and discount websites.
- Negotiating the best hotel deal. You CAN ask the manager for a discount!
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I need to get back to my son… I wonder if his plans will fit in our summer vacation budget!