Want to go on a relaxing, enjoyable vacation this summer without breaking the bank? Here are some ways you and your family may be able to save money while getting away from it all.

Visit National Parks

Traveling to a national park can be a good way to experience some of the country’s most beautiful natural areas. An annual National Park pass is relatively inexpensive and provides access to over 2,000 federal recreation sites all over the country for a full year. You can find more information on the National Park Service’s website (nps.gov).

Explore Your Region

You may find that there are many interesting places to visit near where you live or within a few hours of your home. Using your own car to explore local sites can save you the cost of flights and vehicle rentals. Contact your local tourism office to see if it offers a tourism pass, which may allow you to visit attractions in your area for free or at a reduced price.

Look for Last-Minute Deals

If you are flexible about your travel dates, last-minute deals can be a great way to spend a lot less. Cruises and tours often lower their prices significantly right before the departure date in order to fill unsold cabins and seats. You also may be able to save by booking a flight at the last minute.

Get Off the Beaten Track

Popular destinations and high-season travel are typically the most expensive options when planning a vacation. Consider visiting unusual places or traveling off-season. In the summer, for example, focus on places that are favorites in the winter months. You might find great deals on hotels and other attractions in those destinations.

Getting away from it all for a little while is great. Spending a little less while you’re on vacation is even better.

Written By  Heather Jordan
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