It’s that time again—summer travel season. You might be dreading it because you’re afraid to part with your heard-earned cash, but not to worry. You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a fun, satisfying summer vacation. There are tons of resources available to you.

Airfare, Cruises, and Hotels. The travel website allows you to identify deals on airfare, cruises, hotels, and more. Check out Kayak’s deals section for some serious savings. is another great place to go. This site has a section that features last-minute specials. And if you’re looking to save on airfare, sends e-mail alerts when prices reach a certain point. Also check out and, and sign up for their e-mail alerts.

A Home Away from Home. If hotels aren’t your thing, and you’d rather enjoy the comforts of home, think about doing a home swap. Web sites like HomeLink and HomeExchange allow you to exchange homes with another family going on vacation during the same time that you are. Home Exchange boasts more than 40,000 listings in 142 countries. In addition, check out Vacation Rentals By Owner.

Flex Your Membership Muscles. Your place of employment and club memberships can also be a source of savings. For example, government and military employees can snag discounts at And membership clubs such as AAA and Costco also offer access to travel discounts.

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