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Emily’s list: Summer travel edition

Emily Crone

You know it’s summer here in Texas when a quick walk around the block with your dog
leaves you looking like you just ran a 5K. Besides dripping in sweat, the other
thing I do often in the summer is travel.

It’s when my travel companions
tend to be the most available, since schools are out and companies are more accepting of
their employees taking time off. And when it’s this hot, nothing sounds better than an escape to a beach or somewhere relaxing.

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I won a trip to Costa Rica last month, and am now going to spend a long weekend in Las Vegas with a
girlfriend. I’ve never been, and I’ve heard that it’s easy to accidentally spend a small fortune, so I’m going to keep my plastic on a tight leash. I’m also going to Ireland next month, in part
because I was able to get my flight with credit card reward miles.

In this week’s roundup of my favorite personal finance blog posts, I’m featuring posts all about saving money
on summer travel and making the most of your hard-earned vacations!

1.
Have you diligently saved up money and vacation days at work, only to
learn that your company doesn’t want you to go on vacation? PT Money
explains how to overcome a company culture that doesn’t support taking
time off.

2. You don’t want to be the only person not going on a vacation this
summer! Evolving Personal Finance shares some wise strategies for paying
for vacations
.

3. My Dollar Plan has returned from a cruise and outlines all of the
extra costs that you should be aware of
when you make your travel
budget.

4. A guest post on Well Heeled Blog shares ideas on how to save money on a hotel.

5. Enemy of Debt discusses some of the hidden costs of going on vacation and suggests how to minimize them.

6. Volunteering abroad can actually be pricey. Money Crashers lists eight ways to volunteer abroad for free or for a low price.

7. Tackling Our Debt provides a great list of tips for couples who want to travel, but who are on a tight budget.

8. Sustainable Personal Finance makes an argument for taking a
staycation instead
, in which you take time off but stay home or explore nearby areas.

9. If vacations aren’t quite in the budget yet, use this free debt and budget spreadsheet from Married (with Debt) to plan for your next one.

10. After taking her first vacation in two years, Careful Cents discusses the importance of taking a break and traveling.

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