Summer is almost here and what better season than Summer to indulge in that break you have been longing for so long. This Summer, take a break from your monotonous, nine to five job, from your school and jet set for a vacation of a lifeimte. From beach trips to camping under the blue sky, and from hiking trips to exploring sophisticated metropolis, the sky is the limit for your summer break. But one thing that can be a real buzz killer is the budget. 

In most places. Summer happens to be the peak travel season and traveling on a budget can be quite challenging. Huge crowds, high demand, and fast-filling flights and hotels result in an expensive trip. But worry not. You don’t need to drain your account to have a fun vacation. We have some tips and tricks to help you plan without emptying your wallet.

The Right Destination 

Choosing the right destination is one of the most important aspects of planning a vacation. An offbeat destination will cost you less than a popular city. To explain it better, a vacation in St. Augustine will be way more affordable as compared to Miami. Although both cities are in Florida, their popularity makes one more expensive than the other. You can plan a visit to some budget-friendly places, such as Portugal, Croatia, Nepal, Albania, Denver, and Portland, which are cheaper yet offers tons of fun. Check the weather forecast, as many places experience rain showers during the summer. 

Make a budget

Setting a budget plays an important role in monitoring expenses and saving while traveling. As summer season is usually the peak travel destination for most cities the possibilities of getting hotels and flights at affordable rates are very slim. Start by booking flights online and reserving hotels at least 30 to 40 days in advance to get a cheaper rate and estimate how much the trip will cost. Study your destination to find cheap and good places to eat, and make a list of dos and don’ts to avoid extra expenses. All your activities and travel costs should fall under the estimate you have planned.

Pre-plan your vacation 

A well-planned trip is always cheaper, no matter when or where you are traveling. If you have a set itinerary, you will surely enjoy the best of your vacation without exceeding your budget. Look for free-to-do activities and indulge in tours that are affordable and interesting. You can go hiking, enjoy beach games, explore museums, and go window shopping to explore the destination without spending much. Pre-book your rental vehicle, or if you are up for local transportation, make sure to have a road map to avoid any last-minute hassle. 

Freebies, Discount Deals, and More

Travel rewards are a true savior if you are low on budget but need a vacation. If you've been racking up travel rewards points, use them to get discounted deals on your flights and hotels. Credit cards and hotel loyalty programs are best when it comes to saving on your travel costs. Similarly, airlines and many travel agencies offer special promo codes and deals to make flight bookings cheaper. All you need to do is keep an eye out for special promotions and subscribe to newsletters to get regular updates.