Summer travel can be very expensive since more people are taking to the roads and skies, but your vacation doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. The number one rule of budget travel is planning ahead and booking at the right time. It makes all the difference, so start organizing your summer itinerary now.
Why now? Pricing data suggests it’s best to book your summer trips somewhere around 47 to 70 days in advance if you want to save on airfare, and Google Flights starts seeing the biggest uptick in searches for summer vacations right about now. Planning this far ahead is sure to save you some serious cash on lodging as well. Nothing ruins a cheap trip quite like a pricey, last minute hotel room.
Prices for flights will start going up three weeks prior to your travel dates, and the same goes for hotel rooms one month out. It’s a summer vacation, so it’s okay to splurge a little, but there’s no need to waste all your splurging on a poorly planned out trip. Pick a place, do some research, and lock down decent prices while you can. It might feel like your trip is a ways off, but you’ll enjoy your vacation a lot more and feel less stressed if you get things squared away sooner rather than later.
Analysis by Patrick Allan, lifehacker