The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Vacation Planning Edition

While preparing for our family’s trip to South Dakota and Wyoming this summer, I spent a lot of time researching how to save money on vacations. This week, I thought I’d share some of the best articles I found on that topic.

Planning a Debt-Free Dream Vacation This actually echoes many of the things I do during my own vacation planning. I tend to not get bogged down with planning a very specific itinerary, but you’d better believe we’re going to have a “travel binder” of some kind when we hit the road. (@ get rich slowly)

Productivity and Vacations I’ve experienced the “more tired than when you left” phenomenon of an overbooked vacation many times. Luckily, I’ve learned from that. Overbooking a vacation is almost always a very bad idea. (@ the art of nonconformity)

How to Plan an Awesome Last-Minute Vacation on the Cheap While we’ve been planning our trip for a while, these tactics are really useful if you’re pushing your planning up until the last minute. (@ lifehacker)

5 Tips to Map Out a Frugal Dream Vacation I liked this article because it pretty strongly advocated eliminating one’s high-interest debt before even considering a “dream vacation.” If you don’t have your financial house in order, a big vacation is just going to make things worse. (@ bankrate)

Don’t Skip the Trip! Frugal Vacation Ideas This one has a lot of good tactics pressed together into a single short post. (@ msn smart spending / donna freedman)

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