Try this out: step outside and feel the sun's rays on your skin for just a moment.
Is it blisteringly hot?
If so, then it's probably summertime in Texas.
That means you probably want to get away from it all for an unforgettable, relaxing summer vacation. But can you afford it?
The answer is yes -- especially if you follow these 5 summer vacation tips for keeping your budget intact!
1. You Don't Have to Go to Walt Disney World
We know that when you think of ultimate family summer getaways, you probably imagine the most expensive of destinations, and how they'll leave you bankrupt once it's all over.
Stop. You do not have to go to Disney World to have an incredible summer vacation away from your home in Longview or Houston, Texas. Instead, make common sense vacation choices that are more easily manageable for your finances.
Whether that means planning your trip ahead of time to get the best possible airfare and hotel room prices, or selecting a destination your whole family can enjoy that costs very little (like one of the countless national parks throughout the country), keeping costs down for your family summer vacation is totally doable.
2. Eat Well, But Cheaply
One of the best parts of any vacation is the new and interesting food options you'll encounter along the way. But these can add up to astronomically high costs, even on the trips there and back!
Instead, you should once again look to plan ahead. Find restaurants and other food options that are low-cost or even free, and work your schedule around those as often as possible. Look for specials, and never pass up on a free continental breakfast.
Additionally, you can make your own meals ahead of time. Make sandwiches and simple snack foods to get your family through the day -- especially if you plan on splurging for dinner.
3. Look for Newer Vacation Destinations
This might sound crazy, but the nicest, newest vacation spots may actually be the most affordable.
When a brand new hotel, resort, or other destination opens, they often have to compete in areas with well-established brands that are comfortable with sky-high rates. As a result, the newer locations will offer huge discounts and package deals that will allow you and your family to spend your vacation in luxury for cheap!
But you may be racing the clock to snag these deals. Sometimes, the new hotels and resorts anticipate selling out during their cheapest pricing windows, so do your best to book your stay far in advance.
4. Take Advantage of Specific Discounts and Deals
Did you spend time in the military? Are you over 50? Are you an NRA member?
Depending on your age and background, you may qualify for a number of demographic-specific discounts that you could miss out on. Every time you book a night at a hotel or resort, pay for dinner at a fancy restaurant or buy a large item, you should ask the establishment if they offer these discounts.
Such savings may not be available at all summer vacation destinations, but if you find enough discounts, the money will seriously add up and allow you to do even more with your time away from home!
5. Apply for a Personal Loan from Atlas Credit
When planning a summer vacation, many people shy away from the best options because they see they don't have enough money in their bank accounts to afford everything they want to do.
That's because they're overlooking one of the quickest and easiest options for affording their vacation: a personal loan from a trustworthy lender like Atlas Credit!
By applying for a personal loan online or in your local Longview or Houston Atlas Credit location, you can get a loan of up to $1,300 to help pay for your summer vacation. Apply for your personal loan today and experience the summer getaway you've needed for years!