Money advisor Ellen Rohr has tips for getting the most out of your vacation budget this summer.
Paring down the frills can make any trip not only more fun but a lot less stressful.
* Check out National and State parks
o Plan ahead!
o Lodging may be pricey, but the trails, activities, tours are included
o Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon - shouldn't you?
* One-Tank escapes - yes, but have you?
o Mark Twain National Forrest
o Eureka Springs
o Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville
* Most museums are FREE!
o Split up and let the kids explore the museum
o Skip the main exhibit - avoid the extra cost many charge
* How about exploring a small town?
o aligned with a hobby or obsession - Gordons mining for diamonds
o Easy to navigate
* Big City? Resort town
o KC or St. Louis - VRBO and AirBNB
o ONE major activity per day
o ONE great meal
* Skip the rental car
o Subways, buses and ferries are more engaging, less stressful
o Walk. The calorie burn will do you good.
o Citi bikes are hip!
* Take that double decker on-off bus tour
o Usually good for the whole day
o Get the lay of the land
* Extreme TIP: Embrace the heat…and siesta!
o Golfing in AZ is cheap right now
* BONUS: Always have a valid passport! You never know when you'll need it.
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