Summer Vacation Saving Tips

Summer vacation is just around the corner, and the season is expected to be booming this year. While more people traveling this summer is great for the economy, it isn't great for the consumer who is likely to be victim of above average hotel and airfare fees. If you are planning a trip this summer, here are a few money management tips to help you stick to your budget.

Book Early

Hotel rates are usually higher in peak seasons such as the summer and holidays. If you have your heart set on a particular destination and hotel, try booking it early; you may be able to save a good deal of money. If you book your airfare early, you'll probably get a good deal too.

Plan Ahead

Don't wait until the last minute to book your airfare. If you wait too long, you may have to pay a lot more. It's a good idea to book a round trip ticket just in case you want to stay longer or extend your stay.

Pack Light or Carry On

Don't pack more than you need. If you pack too much, you'll spend a lot more on baggage fees.

Avoid Convenience Fees

If you have to withdraw cash from an ATM, check the fee structure before you do. Make sure that the ATM you're using is free. Check the fee for using a credit card at restaurants, and make sure that you don't run up more fees than you can afford.

Leave Your Credit Cards at Home

The last thing you need is a card that is maxed out and an overdraft fee. Leave most of your credit cards at home, and only take the one you need. The summer is a great time to get away and enjoy yourself. You may even save some money if you follow some of these tips.

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