Summer can mean a lot of things and that includes going on vacation. But taking the family on a vacation can be difficult in a sluggish economy. Here's a list of ways to save money on your next summer vacation, according to Kiplinger.com.
Airfare ticket prices change throughout the day, George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, told Kiplinger.com.
In the morning, an airline might only have one seat cheap seat available for a certain flight, but later in the day they might open up more inexpensive seats.
Many airlines charge for each bag you check onto an airline. But some don't have such a fee. Look for airlines that don't have such fees.
Websites such as Bing Travel, Travelocity and Airfarewatchdog.com show consumers when the cheapest flights are to their vacation destinations.
Renting a car means fewer miles will be put on your car. But rental-car companies often have extra fees.
Renting a car with a portable GPS unit can cost about $13 a day and satellite radio can cost an additional $5 a day. Checking for fees such as these and others can save people a hefty amount throughout the trip.
Downloading free travel apps can save a person a lot of time and money. Gasbuddy has a free app that enables consumers to find gas stations with the lowest gas prices. Goby helps people find free activities and events near their vacation spots.
Other apps such as TripAdvisor and Yelp help families find hotels, restaurants and other attractions in their desired destination.
If you don't have time to constantly check airfare prices throughout the day, you can sign up for alerts from airlines and travel sites so you'll know when prices drop.
Various sites help you search and compare airline prices. Checking airlines' sites because some keep their best deals on their website, Hobica told Kiplinger.
If you reserve a hotel room months in advance, chances are that prices will have dropped. Look for sites like Tingo that automatically rebook your room at the lower price. That way, you'll get a refund for the difference.
Renting an apartment, condo or house is usually much cheaper than getting a hotel room, especially for longer vacations. Vacation homes usually have kitchens which means you'll save money because you won't have to eat at restaurants.
Gowalla is a social networking app that has user-generated recommendations for restaurants, stores and more. This app also has trip guides made by National Geographic, USA Today and other publications.
Free Wi-Fi Finder shows you where hotspots are so you don't have to pay to connect to the internet if you need to look for something.