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Money-Saving Summer Vacation Tips
July 24, 2014

The second half of summer is a popular time to plan spur-of-the-moment trips and getaways. However, these trips can also come with high price tags. BBB is urging consumers to research, plan and make sure all deals are legitimate when arranging a vacation.

BBB recommends the following tips to save money and prevent disappointment while traveling this summer:

  • Prepare a budget. Planning is very important, so make a budget and stick to it. Be sure to leave a little bit of room in case of an unexpected occurrence or emergency.
  • Be resourceful. Look at websites such as the area’s Chamber of Commerce. These sites often have a lot of helpful information.
  • Consider a shorter trip. You don’t have to be gone for a week to get away and have a great time, so consider a long weekend instead.
  • Avoid unnecessary costs. Be aware of additional charges or fees when traveling, such as Wi-Fi in hotel rooms and parking fees.
  • Pack your own meals whenever possible. If you’re taking a road trip, try to avoid convenience stores on the way, because they are generally higher priced. If you do go out to eat, check to see if coupons are available.
  • Choose transportation carefully. Walk from place to place whenever possible. If you’re visiting a major city, consider buses, trains or subways as an alternative to driving or taxis.

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