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I just took a week off but it hardly felt like a vacation because I was at home most of the time with my three children while they were on spring break. Admittedly, I felt a bit jealous every time I logged onto Facebook and saw pictures my friends had posted of their families at the beach. Jacqueline Curtis echoed that sentiment in a recent post on the Money Crashers blog. She wrote that she gets travel envy when she sees a barrage of pictures on social media sites from friends traveling the world. "With two kids and a mortgage, though, dropping everything to jet set around the world just isn't in the cards -- or in our budget," she writes.
If an extravagant trip is out of the question, she writes that you don't have to forgo travel altogether. See her ten affordable travel tips so you can take a vacation within your budget. And check out the money-saving travel tips below from some of our favorite personal finance bloggers:
How to Build a Summer Spending Account [Block Talk]
"If you are fantasizing about lounging by the pool or shipping the kids off to summer camp, remember that those things don't come for free."
How to Start Travel Hacking: Fly for Little or Nothing (Even in First Class) [Money Under 30]
"Four out of 5 people sitting in first class aren't rich, they're smart. Enter the world of travel hacking to score rewards flights and free first-class upgrades on most of your flights. It's all possible. Here's how to start."
Not a Travel Hacker? Vacation Where and When Your Dollar Goes the Furthest [PT Money]
"When I think about traveling overseas without points these days, my more practical side takes over and my thoughts quickly turn to places I know that my US dollar might go a bit further."
How to Find and Book the Best Vacation Rentals [Wise Bread]
"The quality of vacation rentals can vary wildly because there are no professional standards that apply to these properties. But if you're careful, you can improve your chances of having a safe and enjoyable stay."
9 Ways to Vacation for Free (or Nearly So) [SavingAdvice.com]
"These opportunities don't usually advertise themselves, however. They require some work on your part to track down or apply for them."
6 Ways to Cook Food From a Hotel Room [Mint Life]
"Just because you're staying in a hotel doesn't mean you can't finagle a homemade meal or two."
7 Ways to Save Money at the Airport [Brokepedia]
"Airport spending is a quick way to go through a chunk of your travel money. But with a little preparation, you can avoid the crazy prices at the airports."
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