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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Summer Vacations Can Be More Affordable

Travel is expensive. Travel in the summer is even more expensive, and airfare is rising quickly right now with demand and gas rates way up. Luckily, there are ways you can save on all parts of your trip, including activities. You can even find deals on entire vacations. 

Travel is expensive. Luckily, there are ways you can save on all parts of your trip, including activities.

Here are the sites I recommend checking out. 

Rakuten - formerly Ebates

Get paid to shop! Here's how it works: Sign up is quick and easy, then you're ready to shop! When you have a hankering to buy something, say, at Sephora, go to Rakuten, sign in, click on Sephora and it takes you straight to the main website. You must go through Rakuten, so they can track your purchase. At checkout, make sure you use the same email address you used to sign up on Rakuten and within a few days, your purchase will show up in your account. You can track your cash back total to see how much you saved and then every quarter, Rakuten sends you a Big Fat Check (if you choose that method) or a Big Fat Payment via Paypal. You even get $30 right now just for signing up and making your first qualifying purchase.

Groupon & Living Social

For those of you who don’t know what Groupon and LivingSocial are, they are daily deal sites that usually give you 50-90% off an attraction, restaurant, service or activity. We subscribe to each city we're traveling to (and use it at home as well) 3 months before we are due to travel and find great discounts on things wee were already going to see and do. Don't forget that you can also buy whole vacations on both of these, which can save you tons, especially if you're not picky as to where you want to visit.


Travelzoo has a Top 20 each week that they put out with their best deals, but you can also search for trips and portions of your trip directly on their site for cheaper activities, tours and more!

CityPASS & GoCard

If you have a list of must-dos on your list, check the ones offered on the city card of that destination to see how many are offered on that card. You can save up to 55% on a list of attractions and activities when you use GoCards or CityPASS. If they aren't available for either of these cards, because you're going out of the country or just because they aren't, just Google "city card [destination city]" and often you'll find something that works.


Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash.


It's sort of like Swagbucks, but all you do is take short surveys about things like food products and banking. Usually, they take less than 5 minutes each and you can rack up points really quickly if you waste an hour or so on the site while watching TV or whatever. Use my referral link for Crowdtap and get a free 100 points to start.

With just a few extra steps in planning, purchasing, or saving for your trips, you can actually save enough to take a better trip, or even take another trip later in the year.

What are your favorite summer destinations?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I may be compensated for your clicks. This allows me to run this block regularly and bring you better tips, overviews, and more. Thanks in advance.

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