Are you thinking about a summer vacation? With the warmer weather right around the corner, now is the time to plan. Vacations can be pricey, especially if you are on a fixed budget. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go away. Here is how to plan a vacation with your wallet in mind:

Do Your Research
One of the most important parts of planning a trip is doing your research. Price out a few different places you may want to travel. You should check out hotel rates, activity costs and restaurant options.

Travel Somewhere Unexpected
Popular destinations often come with a higher price tag. If you are looking to save some money try checking out destinations that are a little more unexpected. Instead of Martha’s Vineyard, try Block Island. Forgo Miami and try Deerfield beach instead. You can find area’s around where you want to go for a cheaper price.

Make Your Own Meals
Cook for yourself when you can. If you can’t get a hotel or rent a house with a kitchen try buying your own breakfast items like bagels and cereal and make sandwiches for lunch. Don’t forget to bring your own snacks and water, you would be surprised about how little things like this can add up quickly.

Drive Don’t Fly
Although gas prices are pretty high, airline costs are even higher, especially for multiple people. If you can make the drive to your destination try that instead.

Look for Free Fun
Check out what is going on in the local area by visiting the visitor center website or local Chamber of Commerce. Many towns offer free activities during the summer months, it’s worth taking a look. You can also opt for less expensive activities like a beach day, sightseeing, or visiting a museum on a discount ticket day.
Planning a vacation on a budget doesn’t need to be stressful. Have a plan and set a daily dollar limit and you will be able to enjoy your trip without worrying about the bill afterwards.