How to financially prepare and plan for your adventure.


Looking forward to a summer vacation? We all are! But even if you just can’t wait to hit the road or take to the skies, you may first need to take a few steps to get your finances ready – or to plan out a budget-friendly trip. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your trip without breaking your budget.

Create a trip budget.
Add up all your trip expenses – including lodging, gas or airfare, food, and entertainment. This will help you develop a plan for paying for the expenses. If you haven’t saved the amount you’ll need in advance, research affordable financing options – like lower-rate credit cards or even personal loans, which offer even lower interest rates.

Comparison shop and book early.
Take advantage of travel websites like Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak to pre-book lodging, airfare and car rentals rather than waiting until the last minute. You may even find packages to make your trip more affordable.

You have lots of ways to make your summer vacation more affordable. Staying closer to home, going camping, or selecting lodging that allows you to cook instead of eating out every night can help.

And when it’s time to come back home, be sure to start paying toward your vacation expenses right away so that you can move on to your next financial goal. Have questions about financial solutions to help you make summer vacation more affordable? Give us a call at 720.640.7243.