Cutting back on your summer vacation?

As we enter Memorial Day weekend — the traditional start of summer vacations — are you restricting your travel plans because of crimped finances?

More people are expected to hit the road this summer than did last year, but their budgets will be tighter because of high unemployment and a still-fragile economy, Associated Press is reporting.

AAA estimates families will spend an average of $809 on summer travel. That compared with $876 in 2009, AP writes.

They’re knocking down the cost, travel agents say, by staying closer to home, choosing less-expensive modes of transportation or by picking destinations based on the best fares and lodging they can find.

Is that what you’re doing? Have any other helpful money-saving strategies?

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13 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

May 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Stay home or stay and see GA!!!

I’ve never been one for vacations. We couldn’t afford one when I was growing up and I don’t like to be away from home for more than 2 or 3 days at a time. My wife and son used to always take one tho, to visit her family and explore new horizons. Ah, the good old days! He has continued the tradition with his family, altho they really can’t afford it.

don'tcareenough

May 28th, 2010
8:50 am

I like the mountains they are close enough and it’s a nice drive. The Nantahala river and forest is one of the most fascinating drives I have ever been on. Canopied so its almost dusk. The roadside stands and people are nice. It’s a don’t miss. I found is very much by accident when I was lost haha. They advertise river rafting. I am not much for that. Waters to cold for me. But the drive is an adventure you will never forget. You’ll dream about it later.

The Dogfighter Returns

May 28th, 2010
9:30 am

who needs a vacation when every day is a vacation in atlanta. cheerio.

Wes

May 28th, 2010
10:46 am

I’m going down to Mexico Beach, FL, which is a little town on the Florida panhandle. My friends and I plan to sit on the beach and drink beer. A very relaxing vacation which shouldn’t cost that much… just hope BP doesn’t ruin it.

Vince

May 28th, 2010
11:22 am

All of these furlough days have resulted in a loss of almost $600 a month for the next year. I’ll be happy just to keep a roof over my family’s heads!

Yeeeehaw!

May 28th, 2010
11:26 am

Was planning on going to Destin, but BP changed those plans…

Saw a comment on another AJC blog about someone in similar a situation going to Texas so now, the family is heading to Texas! We’ve never been so we are flying to DFW, seeing Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston in 9 days. The way people talk about it now is like people talked about California when I was young and I’ve never been to the “Lone Star State” so it should be exciting!

albany j

May 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

No money for a vacation. The teacher furloughs forced me to cancel our planned vacation in Florida. Maybe next year.

don'tcareenough

May 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

I find 3 and 4 jaunts over the course of several months a lot of fun.

Jack

May 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

“The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” Give me a break!! @ Yeeehaw -why would you not go to Destin this weekend ? People, there is not a drop of oil near Destin. Craziness.

HR

May 28th, 2010
5:42 pm

Those complaining about furlough days should count your blessings you have a job! Enough with the pity party.

@ Yeeehaw Glad you are doing something different, but the FL beaches are just fine!

Buzz G

May 30th, 2010
8:02 am

You are still not allowed by the AJC to talk about the $13,000,000,000.00 U.S. debt or the $6,000,000,000.00 bad debts carried by government entities Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac which are not carried on the U.S. books, are you? The press is making this the best kept secret around. This debt will bring this country down within a few years. But then that’s what the liberal press wants.

Broke

May 31st, 2010
4:14 pm

What vacation? We’re so broke, we can’t even think about any vacation this year. We’ll just stay home and watch reality tv shows and eat canned soup. Hope and change—we can believe in!!!!!

TnGelding

June 1st, 2010
5:31 am

Broke

May 31st, 2010
4:14 pm

Don’t give up hope. The change is coming.

Buzz G

May 30th, 2010
8:02 am

What’s $13 trillion in debt when we’re sitting on $55 trillion of household wealth? I ike that ratio. But the deficit and debt will be addressed responsibly in due time. Let’s get these folks back to work in well-paying jobs first.