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The economy is recovering - and travel spend reflects that. This summer, U.S. travelers will have taken an average of 2.8 one-week trips, and 43 percent will have take long weekend trips, according to a summer travel survey conducted by American Express, which polled a random sampling of 1,500 participants defined by a minimum annual household income of $100,000. Spending an average of $1,180 per person, travelers are back on the map. As August marks the slow wind down of these hot months, we at Bundle brainstormed the best end-of-summer vacation ideas that are easy on your wallet and fun for all. Here's where not to travel - these are America's most expensive vacation towns.
Read on to find out how to make the most of the last dog days of summer.
Collaborate with Friends
Renting a condo, beach or lake house is often more budget-friendly than staying at a hotel, and renting them with friends is even more affordable. Usually, these types of accommodations are meant for large groups and can easily hold multiple families. This method of traveling deeply cuts costs - from rent to grocery shopping to gas. Renting a car for a long weekend? Find the best deals on car rentals here.
Extend a Business Trip
As business trips are usually paid for by the employer, either have your friends and/or family come along or extend your stay. This way your flights are already paid for, and some of the accommodations could be paid for as well. These are the best budget friendly hotels for a great vacation. Depending on how packed the business trip is, there will likely be down time to explore, have fun, and spend time with your guests. If you extend your trip for a few days, it turns into a real getaway on the cheap.
Luxury cruises are the perfect example of a vacation that is different and budget-friendly. Cruise prices are often all-inclusive, so you can better anticipate how much you will spend and keep costs low once you're on board. Accommodations, meals, and entertainment are all included in your ticket, and access to most amenities is unlimited. Relax at the pool and spa, and get active by taking advantage of the many activities each destination offers.
Get Back In Touch With Nature
Camping may seem juvenile, but it doesn't have to be. Sleeping in a tent can be fun, exhilarating, and a great way to appreciate the serene outdoors. Headed on a summer road trip? Get the most for your money at these gas stations. However, if you don't want to "rough it," many campgrounds have cabins and other "rustic" accommodations that are a step up from sleeping on the ground. With activities like fishing, swimming, barbecuing, roasting marshmallows, you'll have plenty of fun alternatives to keep you occupied.
Dig for Deals
Check out Groupon or Living Social for deals in your destination and save on dining, hotels, entertainment, and more. If you're unsure of your plans and don't want to commit to buying upfront, check out Scoutmob for instant deals you can use at the time of purchase. Some restaurants and hotels offer deals to their Foursquare customers just for checking in.
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