The long weekend that heralds the end of summer is your last chance to sneak in a summer vacation. But as with most last-minute adventures, the cost can pile up if you aren’t careful. Consider these smart strategies before picking a destination.
Labor Day Travel Deals
There is no shortage of specials on weekend getaways for this Labor Day. Surf the discount travel sites for an affordable package. It’s sort of like the clearance section on pool supplies. By the end of summer, travel agents are looking to squeeze the last dollar from the market. They do that by dropping prices to increase demand. It’s going on right now.
Social media has become a treasure trove for last minute vacation deals this year. Facebook and Twitter are good places to look for last minute announcements. If you have an open mind about where you might want to go, you’ll definitely find an affordable and fun vacation deal. Be spontaneous.
If flying, try to work out a Saturday to Tuesday trip instead of Friday to Monday. That will give you more savings on air travel and hotel accommodations. If you’re driving to your destination, take the time to compare routes that might land you in some pleasant way stops and get more from your experience. Use apps like Gas Buddy to find the most affordable pit stops and bring snacks to save on food costs.
Chances are, you have several great sights and activities within just a few hours’ drive from home. Take advantage of these affordable opportunities and book a last minute vacation. Check new apps like Pocket Ranger to find parks in your area to explore. Goby is a great app for finding local events.
You might even have some fun waiting right at home. Families who missed a chance to book a camping site at a campground can set up in the back yard to enjoy the camping experience with a lot more convenience. The kids will still have fun roasting weenies and marshmallows and parents will have everything they need just steps away in the house.
Your destination is less important than the fun you have with your loved ones. So don’t worry so much about the venue. Focus on the fun and enjoy the trip!