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Summer vacation often sneaks up on all of us when kids are getting out of school and it is time to find creative things to do with them without busting your budget. We all know that in the summer the beach, pools, and sun all are calling our name to come outside and play. I decided to make a small list of 9 ideas that you can do that cost little to nothing.
CHEAP SUMMER VACATION IDEAS:
- Tour your own city or region – Decide to go somewhere that’s maybe just one or two hours away from home. You’ll be out of town while avoiding the price shock of highly visited vacation areas. And you’ll save money by not dealing with flights or long drives!
- Go Camping– You can go to your backyard and set up a campsite or even some national parks allow camping. There however may be a small fee or donation so research first.
- Go to a less popular beach– Everyone would love to go to the Keys or to other expensive beaches, but you end up paying more. Going to a less popular one you still get sand and water, but you come home with more money in your pocket to maybe do something else fun.
- Stay with Friends or Family– You can learn something new about your extended family, cook together, and so much more. If they have space why not stay with the ones you love? But make sure you’re a great guest. Don’t be a mooch! Pay for groceries or cook some meals to show your gratitude. Maybe even treat them to dinner or dessert while you’re in town!
- Travel during off seasons – Everyone loves taking a vacation in the summer, but that is often when prices are inflated due to everyone traveling. If you push it out just a few more months, it could save you a bundle. Peak-season and off-season vary year to year so do your research before you book.
- Travel on a weekday– Often if you travel on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday will save you more money than traveling on a Friday through Sunday.
- Visit National Parks or Museums– The greatest thing about nature is that it’s usually pretty much free to enjoy. Did you know there are over 61 national parks across the United States? Did you know that some museums are often free to visit? Find one near you and go explore! (Check out Linda’s ideas on how to save at the Museum as well!)
- Book in Advance – I am not saving years in advance. Just a few months in advance will save you money. I know travel sites say last-minute deals which allows them to get rid of unsold rooms while still making some income.
- Take a Staycation – Staying home can save you so much. You can grill in your backyard, set up a pool, and even have a fire pit to roast marshmallows at night. During the day you can focus on things around the house you have been meaning to do and more!
What do you do in the summer that helps you save money without breaking your budget?