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Last-Minute Summer Vacation Savings Ideas

Personal Insights

Okay, so you weren’t able to plan out that big Tahiti-French Polynesia trip that you wanted with a detour to New Zealand. Then the breakup happened and you canceled the big backpacking trip you always wanted. It’s okay, things get put on hold.

But when you can’t even get an Airbnb for a decent price and time unless you sit on the website scanning for deals all day long, it’s disheartening. It’s almost like any type of getaway is out of reach, unless you know how to plan for it.

But planning only does so much. Finally, it’s hard to find people that actually want to commit. Sometimes going on a trip by yourself seems enticing. And then at the last minute, plans can change again. If you need a trip though, take it. Your soul will appreciate it.

With summer here, it’s good to think about what you can do to save on any last minute vacation trips. Here are some ideas that you might be able to put to use.

If You Can’t Plan at Least a Year in Advance, Look at Some Facebook Groups First

So while this doesn’t apply to any trips that can be driven to in a car, this applies to those who want to leave the country. You should always plan a year ahead in order to find the best prices possible. If you don’t want to do that, try to look for a short stay after summer instead.

If you can’t do that and you manage to squeeze yourself in somewhere but you’re a little lost, don’t worry. There are a lot of Facebook groups available online that are easy to find, with many helping people find the confidence to travel alone.

If you’re trying to really plan out an area you don’t know, go to a Facebook Group first so you’re able to get a wholesome opinion regarding your entire trip. If you happen to get stuck somewhere, expect one of these Facebook groups to help you out of a tight spot.

Go Off The Beaten Path (But Not Too Far)

This is where Facebook groups come in handy again because it’s the best way to find and pick your destinations while on your big trip. This even comes in handy even when you’re not out of the country. Yelp is also a great way to find hole in the wall places, as well as Google searches that lead to local entertainment websites for the city.

Try going where crowds aren’t going to go: for example, don’t take a trip to Santa Monica on a weekend. If you’re heading out of the country and going to Greece, for example, avoid Mykonos or Santorini for South Evia or Poros.

For example: New Hampshire has 18 miles of hidden beaches, which are far less crowded and costly than the states of Vermont and Maine. They also have tax-free shopping!

Another way to go off the beaten path is by going during the off season. For example, it’s okay to visit Tahiti, French Polynesia in the winter. It was still humid and the low was probably 79 at  best. The water’s a little colder than usual but it won’t be unbearable.

If you’re able to get a guide or solid itinerary that has every activity you want to do set for the entirety of your visit, then you’re looking at saving money in the form of time. In short: someone is there to basically make sure you get from point A to point B in decent shape.

Buy Tickets to Fly at The Appropriate Times

According to experts, the best time to book a flight is on a Tuesday. Tuesday is inventory time, which means some seats might end up empty. Then, other airlines will try to lower and match their fares. Expect to see carriers like Spirit with cheap rates. But think about your baggage and the weight first!

The Best Time to Fly

While Tuesday is the best time to book, the best days to book to leave are Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, either early in the morning or late at night. Don’t think about flying Friday to Sunday if you’re trying to save money. Leave a tad early on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Or leave Saturday. Either way, there’s options to consider. Just make sure you’re being practical. A long stay, no matter where, will cost you more.

Cheapest Way to Pay For Flights

If you’ve got a Grandma or Auntie who is willing to give up her airline miles, contact her. It’s really one of the cheapest ways to pay for airfare. Using those miles often unlocks extra last minute deals that help save money later. There’s also no blackout dates when using these miles. If you’re able to accumulate your own, good for you. Keep using those and reap the benefits of them. Investing in Travel Apps to find cheap flights is also a good idea, but not a necessity. If you’ve used their sister sites before online, you’re sure to be getting emails of the deals that they offer from time to time.

Using a Campground or Cheap Travel Destinations (When Caught Right)

You don’t have to travel far. AirBnb also helps with that. In fact, research has found that in August, travel costs to New York are a bit lower before peak fall season hits. Probably because the weather isn’t too prime at that time. And the same can be said for Charleston, South Carolina. In the days just before Labor Day, some hotels offer great deals when you pay with a partner credit card. When you’re searching for great deals, you really have to be vigilant.

There’s also places that have access to campgrounds (some as low as $20), such as Southern California’s Yucca Valley’s Joshua Tree. Who knew that place was actually highly WiFi accessible? A lot of those AirBnbs, when split with people (or even alone) have been found to be a pretty cheap quick vacation alternative when you need to clear your head last minute.

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