We can all use a summer vacation, but with soaring costs for gas, airfare and lodging, planning an affordable getaway can be more stressful than stress-free. No one is suggesting you skip your trip just because you may have to cut back on certain expenses, or search harder to find affordable itinerary items. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, taking a vacation, no matter what the price, where the destination, or how long the stay, is important therapy for stress busting and attitude adjusting. So, once you’ve determined that taking a summer vacation is a must, (you have our permission – and encouragement), start planning! Don’t know where to begin? We can help!

Getting There
First, start with how you’re getting to your destination. If you’re flying, use websites that offer comparison prices on airlines, and flight dates and times. Or, use an experienced travel agent who knows how to find the best deals. Sometimes, booking at certain times of the day, or flying during certain days of the week can save you hundreds. If you plan on taking that “once-in-a-lifetime” road trip across the country with your family (you know, the one where you stop to look at every “historic” rock, argue about what music to listen to, and ultimately end up playing 20 Questions and listening to the young ones say “Are we there yet?”), be sure to take the shortest route to your destination to save on gas and car mileage, and research where the cheapest gas stations are located along your route.

Staying There
Next, plan your stay. Whether you’re staying in a 5-star hotel or a local motel, it’s easy to find deals online if you do your homework. Search travel sites for flight and hotel deals, or visit hotel-specific sites for upcoming offers. Sometimes, if you call the hotel directly, they will offer discounts on rooms they need to fill.

Eating There
Finally, plan your meals. We all have to eat, right? Besides the fact that we have to eat, food is sometimes the best part of a vacation! This is where Restaurant.com can offer the most help – it is our specialty after all! Plan your dining destinations ahead of time to find savings at restaurants near your vacation spot. You can search Restaurant.com by location, and then refine your search by cuisine, atmosphere, and more! Once you find restaurants that are sure to fill your family’s hungry vacationing bellies, simply print out your Restaurant.com Gift Certificates and pack them in your carry-on!

No matter where you go or who you go with, we hope you have a fun, and well-deserved vacation!

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