Budget Friendly Trips: Summer Fun for Less

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 B&B

o Romance

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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