Gas prices are reducing America's bank accounts just in time for summer vacation season. If you are feeling squeezed but still would like to take that summer trip, you may have more options than you realize. Sometimes creativity and an open mind are all that is needed to have some fun.
Here are 2 great ideas for a great summer vacation.
- Go Camping - I like posh hotels as much as the next person, but I've had some great experiences in the past on camping trips and the price can't be beat. If you sleep in a tent, there are lots of great campgrounds that charge around $25 a night. You can stay for 5 days for less that $150. You can also try to find a park that is in or near your home state to save on transportation expenses. Have you explored everything your state has to offer? Transportation and lodging are typically the top 2 travel expenses and if you can cut those down, you can have a great trip without spending a ton of money.
- Share a cabin with 1 o 2 other families - This is a little pricier than camping in a tent, but you still can get great lodging at a relatively low price by renting a cabin and sharing the expenses with another family. A 3 bedroom cabin provides great space at a lower cost than a nice hotel. I recently stayed in a beautiful and spacious cabin in the Smokey Mountains with a hot tub, air hockey and pool table for about $170 a night. With 3 bedrooms, there was plenty of room for 8 people. Split between 2 families the price was around $85 a night (hard to get a decent hotel room for that price). The game room kept the kids busy for hours.