Ah, summer vacation! When school breaks, the days are long, and the weather is balmy, it’s tempting to plan a family getaway. And, according to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, 75 percent of Americans will do just that despite rising costs.
With the average cost of summer vacations at $1,246 (up approximately $101 dollars from 2013), 44 percent of respondents said they’re trading wings for wheels and opting to drive to their destination.
If you’re strapped for cash, use Trip Advisor’s “Tank of Gas” tool to plan an affordable road trip. Simply type in your hometown and indicate how much gas you want to use (full, half, or quarter tank). The tool will recommend destinations within reach, complete with mileage and estimated cost.
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