It’s 2019 so let’s be honest with each other, life is about traveling for Millennials right now. Who can see more, do more and ultimately post more onto Instagram. But another key aspect to a traveling millennial (IF they’re paying for it themselves..) is bragging about the great deals they got in order to go on the trip and do what they wanted. So, here are some cheaper summer destinations as well as ways to plan your travels and keep it budget friendly!

Cheap But Amazing Destinations Within The U.S. (with average cost per week)

  1. Little Rock, Arkansas ($1,033)
  2. Corpus Christi, Texas ($1,064)
  3. Albuquerque, New Mexico ($1,076)
  4. Winston-Salem, North Carolina ($1,110)
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina ($1,138)
  6. Morgantown, West Virginia ($1,138)
  7. Boise, Idaho ($1,186)
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio ($1,222)
  9. Orlando, Florida ($1,248)
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah ($1,351)

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Tips To Keep Your Vacation Spending In Check

  1. Know how much you can ACTUALLY afford to spend on your vacation: It’s all fun and games until you’re into day 2/5 of your trip and you’ve already blow your budget. To keep from doing so, make sure all your finances are good to go and see how much you’ve saved and try your best to not go over that budget. You’ll thank yourself when it’s time to pay your bills again!
  2. Three words, credit card points: If you have a credit card that lets you stock up on points or miles for flights, make sure you double check those accounts and see how much you’ve saved up. Air miles are one of the biggest plus sides to having a credit card with an airplane company…people fly for free all around the country all the time. Use what rewards you have if they can be applied for your trip, it can save you a lot of money in the end. Some of the best rated credit cards to get air miles are: Capital One® Venture®, Wells Fargo Propel American Express® and the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier cards.
  3. Get the best flight price: I’m sure everyone has a favorite airline that they prefer to fly with, but if choosing a different one could save you a couple hundred dollars on each ticket, why wouldn’t you?! There are a ton of different websites and apps you can use to check flight prices every day, some of my favorite are: Hopper, Kayak, JustFly, Expedia and Hipmunk.
  4. Book your hotel sooner than later: Like flight prices, the earlier the better. A lot of people book around one month before their vacation but it’s actually suggested to book two or three months in advance for the best prices. And a lot of the sites that have been linked in tip three also have hotel pricing features as well.

Hopefully, these tips and suggestions will help you achieve the summer vacation of your dreams with an even dreamier budget!

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