It’s finally summer break, the kids are out of school, and you’re probably wondering, “what now?” Cabin fever comes quickly if you aren’t doing more than going to the pool and watching Netflix to avoid the heat. It can be hard to get out of the house and travel somewhere if you don’t have the funds. But, it is possible! Here are just a few ideas on how you can still go on a vacation on a budget!

Search for a Groupon

Groupon always has fantastic deals going on, and you never know what could be going on around you! Check back frequently to catch new deals!

Pack food

If you can avoid eating out while you’re on vacation, you can save so much money, especially with a family. You can pack food or go grocery shopping and cook at the hotel.

Choose economic lodging

It might seem appealing to choose a nice hotel to make it feel like a vacation, but doing that does nothing but hurt your budget. Look for a more budget-friendly motel, hotel, hostel, Airbnb, etc. The more you save, the less a vacation has to hurt your wallet.

Experiences > souvenirs

Souvenirs can get crazily expensive. Cherish the experiences and take pictures to remember the moments instead of coughing up $25 for a stuffed animal.

Book in advance

If you’re planning on flying, book in advance to get the best deals. Also, Tuesdays are the best day to get a good deal! The same goes for hotels, hostels, whatever you have to book, do it ahead of time to avoid paying last minute fees.

Travel in the off season

Maybe your summer vacation needs to wait until the fall. Prices are usually lower, and there aren’t as many people crowded on that beach, (or wherever you’re going).

Frequent flyer miles

Those miles can save you a lot in the long run, if you have enough saved up. Whether it’s a credit card that gives you miles per every dollar you spend or another program, definitely look into it.

Do your research

Last, but not least, make sure you don’t rush into your plans. Take your time, research tips to travel like a local, read reviews and shop around. Doing your research alone could save you an incredible amount of money.

Happy traveling!