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Five Tips To Plan A Summer Vacation

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Summer is just around the corner and I have my travel shoes on. This year I plan to work through my remaining U.S. States. However, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is one of the most popular periods of the year for travel. Your summer trip could burn a giant hole in your bank account which would be stressful enough to defeat the purpose of relaxing vacations. Here are 5 ways—from pre-trip planning to travel hacks to use when you’re there—to help you spend less for an equally awesome summer vacation.

1. Plan as much as you can in advance.

This is a no brainer, but you want to keep in mind at all times how much booking ahead will save you ultimately. The data shows August is the cheapest month for airfare and that Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day are the busiest weekends of the year for rental cars. Travel experts advise to book over 45 days ahead for the best deals on hotels and airfare. 

My first stop for travel research has always been Expedia. As a member the points you earn from Expedia can be redeemed for travel later. Essentially, the more you book and travel with Expedia, the more benefits you get!

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Pondicherry, India
2. Don’t plan your trip during the peak of the summer season.

The bulk of travelers (mostly families) plan trips during June-August months, and you’ll save big if you refrain from traveling during that time frame. In my experience, traveling in May or September can get you the best season along with the best deals.

3. Visit destinations that aren’t as popular during the summer.

Based on Expedia flight data these are the cheapest places to fly during summer based on average ticket prices:
Fort Lauderdale
Myrtle Beach
Las Vegas
West Palm Beach

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Casco Viejo, Panama
4. Plan (and pay for) activities ahead of time.

Planning a vacation is a ton of work, so sometimes vacation packages can be your best bet, especially if you’re super busy and don’t have the time to separately book cars, hotels, activities and flights.

The best part about Expedia is that you can book all activities plus services you require in one place. So if you need a car in addition to a hotel and a plane ticket, you can book all that together. If you just need a flight and a car but are staying with a friend and not in a hotel, you can book that way too. This allows for some flexibility and various options for everyone involved.

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Valletta, Malta
5. Be flexible if possible. 
Ultimately, the best strategy is to be flexible and use all the resources available above to book your next vacation. The more open-ended you are about destinations and dates, the more money you can save.

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Ultimately, using a website like Expedia to book your travel can be a great tool. Not only can you get great Expedia coupons and Expedia deals on their various deal-specific pages, but you can earn points while you travel and let them help plan your vacation for you.

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  1. I didn't realize Denver is a cheap place to visit during the summer. The rest make sense. We love traveling in May when possible.

  2. This is so lovely! How I wish I was as talented and could pull off such a look.

  3. Planning ahead of time will save of a lot of hustle during travel! great tips!

  4. I have heard so much about Myrtle Beach and cannot wait to visit. These is a great list.

  5. Such great advice for planning a summer holiday. I definitely need to remember some of these for when I next go away!

  6. Good advice. My favorite time to travel is September because the weather is still good but the crowds have left (kids return to school). That said, I'm planning motorcycle trips in May (just done), June, July and August.

  7. This is so useful because I've just booked a week-long holiday away but I haven't done any planning yet! I better get started!

  8. Love the shots! I haven't heard of Expedia but judging by how it sounds it looks like it'll be helpful for my travels next month. I'll try it their way!

  9. Great tips! We haven't planned any summer vacays yet but I'm totally wanting to get on it ASAP now.

    xx, Danielle |

  10. Great information and beautyiful pictures! I know personally that no matter how much I plan in advance, I will always end of doing few things at the end of it

  11. These are really awesome tips!! I think flexibility is a game changer and makes trips so much less stressful!

    cute & little

  12. These are really great tips! Being flexible is a huge game changer. I'm shocked to see West Palm Beach on the list, but I love visiting there all year, I wouldn't mind going back. I've been to Myrtle Beach in August and it was very affordable!

  13. Expedia is a really helpful service when trying to plan out vacations! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  14. So many fin places to travel this summer!

  15. We love to pay in advance for our all inclusive fees so that way we don't feel bad or guilty when our vacay starts!

  16. Omg I love these tips! Paying ahead makes it so much more enjoyable once arriving!!

  17. WHOA I'm surprised how many Florida destinations are supposedly cheaper in summer...I'm dying for a beach trip so SIGN ME UP!

  18. I love these ideas! I love the idea of visiting destinations that have an off season in the summer!
    XO Sara

  19. These are great suggestions! Can't wait for summer travels!

  20. I'm an avid planner, so getting as much as possible done ahead of time is key for me.


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