How to Find Affordable Lodging for Your Summer Vacation

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Spring time is an excellent time to start planning your summer vacation. Now that tax season is almost over, you’ll know how much you can afford to create some great memories during your time off. Whether you want to splurge or save, there are so many ways to plan the perfect trip (or Nevada staycation) that fits your budget and expectations. 

Vacation Rentals

Renting a place versus staying in a hotel can provide perks like the convenience of a kitchen for cooking meals, and more space to accommodate more people and activities. Sites such as FlipKey by TripAdvisor or AirBnB let you pick from a variety of lodging options around the world, whether it’s a New York City apartment or Italian Villa. Simply set your price and location parameters to get started. And on the flip side, you can even rent out your own place to earn extra cash!

Hotel Options

If you prefer the convenience of a hotel stay, there are several ways to shop online through sites such as Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, and Priceline, and Travelocity. According to an article posted on Forbes, titled “How to Get the Best Hotel Deals”, you should be flexible about your travel dates, understand all the associated fees and charges before booking, and look for discounts through memberships such as AARP, AAA, and professional groups. Plus, consider packages (including those found through Get Away Today for Greater Nevada members), and don’t hesitate to negotiate pricing with a hotel.

Camping Sites

Sometimes the great outdoors seem like a more appealing lodging option. In Nevada alone there are 23 state parks and numerous campgrounds for a fun and affordable vacation. And depending on your budget, there are all kinds of cool camping essentials to make roughing it a bit more luxurious.

Check out this list from the Guardian of the 10 Best Campsites in Nevada.

If you love camping but are ready for something more than a tent and sleeping bag, maybe it’s time to buy a camper or motorhome.  

No matter what your vacation plans are this year, if a little extra help financially, without maxing credit card debt, is what you need, consider a low interest rate personal loan that comfortably fits your budget.