Evolve Money Summer Vacation Planning Tips

Summer is finally here. It’s a great time to kick back and take a much-deserved vacation with friends or family. But, vacations can quickly become stressful if you find yourself spending more money than you originally planned. Poor planning can cause you to use your credit card a lot and even make you late on paying some bills. Sticking to a budget and planning for timely bill payments is possible thanks to a few of these helpful tips: 

Plan Ahead and Book Promptly

The average summer travelers will spend $1,665 on travel expenses this year [1]. So your ideal vacation needs to be one that is planned in advance and booked right away. The sooner you plan, the more money you can save. For instance, if you decide to head to the beach for the Fourth of July, book your trip immediately so you don’t miss out on the best deals. You’re not the only one looking to head to the beach this summer, and they are just as eager to find deals as you are.

Travel During Down Times

Some of the best vacations are ones that you have when no one else is there. While the Fourth of July with friends at a popular camping ground can be a great time, it also can be the most expensive time to be there. To avoid paying extra, try planning your vacations during an off-peak time. During the week, at the beginning or near the end of the summer are the times when people may not be out traveling in such great numbers. You can still have a great time, even if there are no fireworks.

Avoid Costly Hotels

Summer is a time to be adventurous outside, not inside. Instead of staying at a hotel with luxury spa and fitness accommodations, look for hotel alternatives. Cabins, bed and breakfasts or even houses for rent can all offer viable options. Also, check out your credit card perks. They may offer discounts for certain hotels during the summer.

Take Care of Your Bills

Paying your student loans or gas bill should be the last thing on your mind on vacation, but if you fail to make a payment, you could be charged with late fees. Plan ahead for your bills by using a mobile bill payment tool such as Evolve Money. Our free app helps you organize all your bills and make one payment. Plus, paying your bills is super fast with Evolve Money so you can focus on your summer fun.

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Look For Discounts

Summer is the season for destination discounts. Before booking a trip, take a look at airline, travel, hotel and attraction websites. Some hotels offer reduced rates at certain times during the season. Also, many attractions offer bundled discounts such as free lunch at a local restaurant or discounts on hotels with the purchase of a two-day pass.

When it comes to planning for a cost-effective summer vacation, a little due diligence can save you a lot of money. Take the time to book ahead, find discounts, and take care of your bills before heading out of town. Your wallet will thank you later.

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