Rethink your “summer vacation”
If your summer vacation window is wide open, why not consider skipping July and August altogether? It’s much more affordable to travel in the spring or early fall when flights and accommodations are about 25 per cent cheaper. However, if you’re set on travelling during peak season, you can still save by being flexible. Flying out on a Tuesday instead of a Friday could save you a bit of money, and if you’re taking a flight with multiple departures a day, flying in the afternoon will likely be cheaper than a morning flight. Don’t forget about the destination you’re considering, either. Portugal and Eastern Europe are much cheaper than, say, France or the United Kingdom, while a trip to Southeast Asia (that’s Halong Bay in Vietnam, above) could be more affordable than you might expect.