Inexpensive Summer Vacation Ideas

It’s that time of year again! We all need a break at one point or another, and summer is the best time to take one. Whether you’re working parents with kids, a single parent with kids, a teen wanting to get away with a few of their friends, or anything in between, you’ve come to the right place. Here at the Cristian Rivera Foundation, we believe that family is the most important bond that a person has because family brings us together to help us realize who we are. That is why spending time with them is so important. As we grow and learn, our families help to mold us into the people we will become and reach our true potential. So, as we dive into the hot summer months, here is a comprehensive list of inexpensive excursions with links!

  • Take a road trip! Here are some budgeting tips, as roadtripping can add up in the money department!
  • Plan ahead and set a road trip budget depending on how long you’re road tripping for, to where, and what you want to do. But leave room for spontaneity!
  • Trail Wallet is a great app for tracking expenses while on a road trip.
  • Avoid holidays (traffic means inflated gas prices!)
  • If you’re planning on taking a plane to any destinations, check out Google Flights. This is great for finding affordable flights with different airlines. You can even set up alerts for certain price ranges to stick with your budget!
  • If you want to stay in hotels but don’t want to pay full price, AAA members can get great rates on nice hotels!
  • If overnight trips aren’t your thing and you’d rather do day trips, no problem! Here’s a list of fun, inexpensive ides:
  • If located on the East, West, or Gulf Coasts, take a day trip to the beach! It’s inexpensive and fun, especially if you’re going with friends.
  • If mountains are nearby, drive there and take a hike.
  • If you have rivers or lakes near you, rent jet skis or a boat ride for the day. Water sports are fun and rafting centers are always an option, too.
  • Check out Nomadic Matt’s blog for money/budget advice when travelling abroad. Hostels and backpacking are generally cheaper than other modes of vacationing in foreign countries, but not everyone feels safe doing that. Do what feels best for you!
  • For longer stays, WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

We hope this beginner’s list of suggestions and resources helps the next traveller have an easier experience with planning and budgeting, because we know it can be a bear. In the end, we all just want to relax without worrying about how deep–or shallow–our pockets are and hopefully this comprehensive list gives you a little more comfort in that department.

By Sydney Forte

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