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Summer vacation on a budget.

May 14, 2012 | Alliant Credit Union

It is time to start researching flights & shopping for bikinis - the summer travel season is rapidly approaching! However, not everyone has room in their budget this summer to jet set around the globe with the family in-tow. Here are some ideas for summer vacations on a budget.

Deals are out there.
With resources like Living Social Escapes and Groupon Getaways, the opportunity to find a vacation spot for the family (or just you and your spouse) is right at your fingertips. These trips are available for a fraction of the original price, so if you are an adventurer willing to travel somewhere the family has never visited before, this is an excellent way to do it. Some of these trips include airfare!

Travel on "off" weekends.
While watching fireworks over the Capitol Building in Washington, DC on July 4 would be a memorable experience, hotel fare may leave your budget dry, forcing you to eat off the dollar menu during your stay. Consider traveling to those memorable cities on "off" weekends, where the hotel rates are lower and flights into the city are more affordable.

Use your smartphone.
Recently, My Life Scoop published a great article about smart phone apps that will help you explore your city. This can help you save by minimizing travel expenses and eliminating the need for using vacation days. Use these apps to plan a "staycation" every few weekends all summer long and let the memories build!

Explore your back yard.
If you have young children, chances are they won't remember the beauty of the Caribbean or majesty of Niagara Falls. However, building a fort of blankets between the trees of your back yard and inviting the neighborhood kids for a sleepover may be the weekend they never forget. Utilizing the space of your back yard can be a great adventure for kids and is an affordable weekend for adults. Build a campfire, roast dinner over the fire and enjoy gooey s'mores for dessert. What could be better for a kid?

Do you have more affordable vacation ideas? We would love to hear them - share them with us on Facebook or Twitter.


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