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5 Ways Travelers Can Save Money On Vacation This Summer

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With summer officially right around the corner, many travelers are struggling to plan their vacations.

According to data from the flight aggregator sky scanner61% of Americans plan to travel this summer, but 69% of them have not booked their trips yet.

Many travelers put off booking their trips due to high prices.

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The cost of travel has skyrocketed this summer. For example, Airfare costs increased more than 30% in the summer of 2023 compared to the summer of 2022. The median price of a the hotel room also increased by 54% compared to last year.

Travelers planning a summer trip may be faced with the cost of their vacation this year. It may seem like there’s no way around high prices, but there are still a few things you can do to get a great deal on your summer vacation.

If you’re looking for ways to save money on travel this summer, here are five essential tips to follow:

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1. Stay closer to home

Flights to the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean continue to be much cheaper than flights to Europe, with less price inflation compared to last summer.

According to the Hopper travel booking platform, the average cost of round-trip airfare within the United States remains less than $400 this summer. Also, the domestic airfare is only inflated by 5-11%, compared to the airfare to Europe, which is inflated by up to 50% compared to last summer.

This makes staying closer to home a great way to save money on your summer vacation.

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2. Travel later in the summer

Skyscanner data has shown that flights for late summer are less expensive than flights during June and July. Traveling during August or early September can save you some money.

If your heart is set on Europe, September can also be one of the best times to travel. You can take advantage of lower airfares compared to the peak summer months, and when the off-season begins, you’ll enjoy fewer crowds and lower prices overall.

Late summer is also a great time to visit many popular US tourist destinations, such as Orlando: mid-August through September is one of the cheapest and least crowded times to visit Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando.

Entrance arch of the Walt Disney theme parks in the Lake Buena Vista area.

3. Be flexible with dates

Another way to save money on your summer vacation is to be flexible with your travel dates.

While this isn’t possible for everyone, travelers who can be flexible with travel dates will enjoy better deals. If you can fly in the middle of the week, you will save a lot of money.

According thrifty traveler, flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the cheapest. Travelers flying on these days can save up to 20% on airfare.

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4. Consider off-peak destinations

One way to save money on your summer vacation is to visit destinations that are out of season.

While the summer months of June, July, and August are high season for many destinations in North America and Europe, this time of year is the low season for popular destinations like Argentina and New Zealand.

You may find better deals by traveling off-peak and you’ll experience fewer crowds.

Couple embracing while standing on a rock on the shore of a glacial lake, surrounded by snow-capped alpine peaks in Patagonia, southern Argentina, South America

5. Find last-minute deals

Finally, one of the best ways to save money on your summer vacation this year is to find last minute deals. You shouldn’t wait until the last minute to book a trip to a popular destination this year because of the very real possibility that hotels, flights and rental cars will sell out.

But for some destinations, you can find great last minute deals using a website like hot wirewhich offers deep discounts on hotels, flights, car rentals and vacation packages.

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