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Vacation season is upon us and the question that everyone wants to know the answer to is how to save money while vacationing. Our generation loves to travel, in fact we take about 4 trips per year and that number is only expected to grow. So what does that mean for us? That means we aren’t going to let expenses crush our summer plans. So here are a few tips on how to save on your trip.

1. Always look for packaged deals, and specials
Travel deals are always around, you just have to find the right one. Consider how long you want to stay at your destination, maybe there is a package deal on nights. Also, think about what activities. Flo says, “Bundle and save!”. Make this your new motto, be on the lookout for deals and savings, they can really help.
2. Consider your time frame
Traveling during the peak season will test your patience and your pockets, so consider going in an off season, when rates are lower. Cheaper tickets can be purchased to fly during the middle of the week, Try to stay away from flying on weekends, avoid the lines and extra costs. Additionally, ask about discounts such as student discounts, they come in handy.

3. Try alternative lodging
So, maybe you really want to go to the beach so traveling off season doesn’t work for you, no problem! You can still save a great deal of money instead of trying to find the perfect hotel try renting a beach house. Sites like Airbnb offer places to rent, Often times these places can offer bigger spaces, more freedom and better amenities. Remember to read the reviews, and no price is set in stone on these sites. 
4. Think location

Think about staying just outside of the actual area where you plan to visit. When traveling for events and festivals it is always a good idea to stay 10-15 minutes away to save money. Check out the area to see if they have a metro area transit much like a subway. Consider the possibility of renting bikes for the day and sharing an Uber for night time travel. 
5. Open a dedicated savings account and let your credit card do its job.

Planning out your entire trip will help you save so much in the long run. Once you have an idea of what it is you want to do, you can save. Michigan First has great options when it comes to opening a savings account. A good account, the holiday savings club, there is no minimum to open, no annual fee and the account helps you save for big purchases. Always remember to pay yourself first!

Make sure you take the right card. A card with Low interest rates and no annual fees for starters, much like Michigan First’s visa rewards card. What’s great about this card is that every purchase you make in Michigan gives you 1.5 back in reward points per dollar, which can be used towards travel.