Vacation on a Budget

Here we are again, it’s summer time and we have beaches and vacation days in our sights. The harsh reality is, not everyone can afford a vacation. Most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and don’t have money saved for a “post-worthy” adventure. The good news is there are some tricks to help save hundreds on your family vacation. Don’t let a tight budget keep you from spending time with your family this summer!

Search Discount Vacation Deals

Utilize sites like Groupon,, HomeAway, Living Social, Yipit, and Airfairwatchdog to find the good discounts. You can find up to 70% off travel, dining, events, and even products! The offers are usually for packages, but you can find hotel discounts as well. Sites like Airfairwatchdog will monitor flight deals and send you a notification when there’s a price drop. Groupon also offers deals on activities during your vacation and dining out.

Try a Volunteer Vacation

Do you have a passion for helping others and strengthening communities in other countries? This vacation would be perfect for you! Choose from projects such as childcare, teaching/education, healthcare, construction, elderly care, and more. Although there’s quite a bit of work involved, this vacation will add a lot more meaning by contributing to a great cause. And these organizations wouldn’t be successful without the help of volunteers like you! They often charge a program fee, but the cost is relatively low. Destinations include Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, China, Ecuador, and Mexico. Visit International Volunteer HQ, Habitat for Humanity, and Frontier for details about their current projects and destinations.

Stay with Family

Staying with family could make your vacation more affordable. Cutting out one or two nights of hotel stays could save you hundreds! Try planning your trip around your family member’s home and use sites like Groupon and Living Social to score deals on attractions and eating out. This could be the difference between going to a theme park or staying home.

Consider Hotel Alternatives

Are hotels taking up most of your budget? Try searching for alternatives such as Airbnb, VRBO, or vacation homes. These options can become available last minute and allow you to snag a great deal. They also allow you to have more room for the family and a kitchen to make meals on a budget.

Book Last Minute Deals

If booking a last-minute trip is feasible for you, try snagging a deal at This site is great for deals on flights, hotels, and attractions! This would be a great option for an extended weekend getaway on a budget! One thing to remember is the destination you want might be out of your preferred price range, but if you can be flexible you can get a great deal!