Whether you are visiting family, friends, or taking a solo trip, be sure to plan ahead. I’m not saying you should have every minute of every day planned out, so here are my top three tips for your summer vacation:

  1. Make an overall budget. How much are you willing (or can you afford) to spend each day? See Let’s Get Started for creating your spending plan. 
  2. Know where you will splurge and where you will save. What’s the most important thing for you on this summer trip? Are you willing to spend more for that one thing and less on others? 
  3. Use online reviews to find the best value for your stays. Whether it’s a campground or a fancy hotel, where will you get the best value for your money? I’m always looking for recommendations for travel sites, so let me know your favorite site by sending me an email