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Summer Budget Hacks: Vacation Planning

Warmer weather and longer days make us long for a trip to the beach or a vacation abroad. Even though summer is considered to be one of the most expensive times to take a holiday, it doesn't mean your exotic escape is out of reach!

If you can be flexible about timing and be savvy when searching for great deals, then traveling doesn't have to break the bank. From money-saving tips, saving strategies and bargain destinations, Mattress Firm is delivering our top tips to planning a budget-friendly getaway.

Off-season Holiday Hacks

Popular beach vacations may be preferred in the summer, but with higher prices and greater crowds, we here at Mattress Firm feel there's a conspiracy against the idyllic summer beach trip.

But, if you're willing to travel off the beaten path, you can discover fun, inexpensive and stunning vacation destinations elsewhere. Consider a trip to the mountains or an off-season visit to a locale with a chillier climate.

Know When to Buy and Fly

Mattress Firm recommends checking out aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz to track flight prices so you can know when you're looking at a good deal. Even better, download a travel app like Hopper, which analyzes flight prices daily and will notify you when prices drop.

If you have some flexibility with your travel scheduled, monitor a monthly comparison of flight ticket prices online, and choose to travel when others are busy working or travel on off days like Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Lockdown Your Lodging

Figure out where you'll post up during vacation doesn't have to be stressful. Consider skipping the hotel route and trying Airbnb or Couchsurfing . These sites can allow you to rent rooms or even whole homes for a fraction of what a hotel room would cost.

Make Travel a Priority

You can make your travel and affordable summer vacation dreams a reality! It just takes a little forethought and strategic planning. Evaluate your budget, track your spending and figure out where you can cut expenses to put toward a travel fund.

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