Guide to Savvy Summer Travels

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Whether you’re planning to travel across country or around the corner, for a month or just a weekend, here are more helpful tips to avoid disaster and have a great summer vacation.

Pack healthy snacks

It’s easy to eat junk when you’re on the road, but you want to be feeling your best when you reach your destination. Pack some healthy snacks for when you’re on the go. You’ll feel more energized for bigger adventures!

Don’t get burned

Don’t forget to pack (and frequently apply!) the most important summer travel essential —sunblock. There’s nothing that can ruin a vacation faster than a painful sunburn and lobster-pink skin.

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Eat like a local

Seek out local eateries for a more authentic experience. You’ll save money by avoiding expensive tourist traps and enjoy delicious local specialties.

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End it with something special

Arrange a special activity on one of the last days of your vacation. You’ll have something to look forward to and gain special memories to savor on the trip home. Depending on your locale, consider a hot air balloon ride, a sunset dinner cruise or perhaps a spectacular live performance.

Relax!

Your body is on vacation and your mind should be too. Put away your phone and stop checking your email. You won’t be able to truly relax and unwind if you’re plugged in. Spend time with the people around you and take it all in.

Guide to Savvy Summer Travels

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Summer will be here before you know it! While you’re making summer vacation plans, here are some travel tips to keep in mind so you can have your best trip yet. 

Maximize deal sites

Food and entertainment expenses can kill a travel budget quickly. Use Groupon, Living Social, and Zozi to find the best deals in the city you visit. You’ll save 40 to 80 percent off dining, spas, attractions, and more, which means you’ll be able to fill your time with even more experiences.

Enhance your stay with hotel packages

Streamline your planning and save big bucks by booking with a hotel package that pairs overnight stays with memorable experiences such as tickets to local attractions, museums, tours, and more. Most packages include perks like complementary meals, spa treatments, and welcome amenities. Use Getaway Packages to easily find the best package for you anywhere in the country.

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Choose your friends wisely

Make sure you’re truly compatible with any prospective traveling companions before hitting the road. Spell out the details in advance so that you’re all on the same page about traveling expenses, sharing the driving responsibilities, and so on.

Take the time to pack

Smarter packing makes for a better trip, so don’t wait until the last minute. Check the weather forecast earlier in the week and lay out exactly what you’ll be taking with you.

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Downsize

Clothing takes up space and will weigh you down! Don’t be wishing you had packed less when it’s too late. Streamline your travel wardrobe by only packing essentials that pull double-duty, such as shorts that you can rock on the beach or pair with dressier sandals for an evening out.