The sinking economy has clipped many people's travel plans, but there's no need to stay home this summer. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, a trip abroad or to the beach is still possible.
In past years, you could afford to wait until mid-May to plan your summer vacation. This year, more people will use frequent-flier miles to buy tickets or fly economy-class so they can
afford their trips
. Consumers will need to plan ahead and change the way they view travel to create a memorable getaway.
Here are seven tips to help you maximize your summer vacation:
1. Seek affordable alternatives:
If you spent past years in a glamorous summer rental footing the tab for your friends, maybe it's time to show everyone that you're not above living within a budget. Scout out cheaper rentals on websites run by
Owner Direct Vacation Rentals
, where owners list their properties directly. You'll be able to cut out the brokers and negotiate with the owner, which could save you 30% or more.
2. Consider London:
A year ago, one U.S. dollar was worth about half a pound, making a stay in a three-star London hotel pricey and shopping unimaginable. The gap has since
, and a dollar is worth 0.70 pounds. Some analysts expect the dollar to gain more value against the pound, creating a boon for bargain hunters.
3. Stay closer to home: ReserveAmerica
provides a catalog of 300,000 campsite and cabins in 4,000 destinations. One of our favorites is the
Crystal Cove Cottages
near Laguna Beach, Calif. It's a collection of 1930s and 1950s beach cottages originally constructed for a Hollywood movie. They were recently renovated with furnishings from those eras. Their kitchens and proximity to the beach make them perfect for a family getaway.
|Camping is a cheap, fun vacation alternative.