4 Ways to Spend Summer Vacation On a Budget

As we creep closer and closer to the end of spring and that final ring of the school bell before that long break from classes begins, it's like you can almost taste the sweetness of summer vacation on your lips.

One thing you probably can't avoid the closer it gets to summer break, though, is hearing all about your friends' plans for how they're going to spend all that time away. Whether they're headed to their cousin's place in the Hamptons, taking a long-awaited family trip to Europe or doing any kind of activity that sounds like it costs more than you can even imagine, you can easily start to feel like your vacation just won't compare if you can't afford a bank-breaking trip or experience like theirs.

However, there's no need to think like this! Sure, maybe you (or, more likely, your parents) don't have the pretty penny to spend on the most pristine summer vacation, but that doesn'mean you can still spend your summer having an absolute blast on a budget. Here are a few fun and helpful ideas for ways to spend summer vacation without breaking the bank:

1. Spend Your Days in the Sun (Beach or Not)

Grab the SPF and maybe your most Insta-worthy pool floatie and head straight to the nearest pool or ocean for as long as the sun sets late and the school bell seems like a distant memory. Even if you don't have access to water where you live, you can still create a backyard oasis for you and your friends to relax and work on those golden tans to impress your classmates when you head back to school in the fall—just don't forget your sunscreen, of course.

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2. Pick Up a Summer Job

Sure, this might not sound like the most fun way to spend your summer vacation on a budget, but it actually might surprise you how enjoyable it can be! You'll probably meet a few good friends while working a summer job and make some memories while you're at it, and at the very least you'll be saving up some cash for a real fun trip or activity—or even for college in the future.

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3. Try a Trip to a Nearby City

Who says long-haul flights and fancy hotels are necessary to take a good trip? While it may not be the fanciful travel experience to a far-off place you've always wanted, day trips to local hot spots can actually be a highlight of your summer vacation. Do a little research on some nearby cities (think within an hour or so's drive or however far your parents will let you take the car), pick a few cute spots you want to check out and bring a few besties along for the ride to have the trip of your dreams without busting your budget.

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4. Become Your Best Self

If nothing else, you can simply spend your summer vacation working on becoming the best version of yourself you can possibly be—there really isn't a more productive way to do it than that, after all. Take time to really get to know yourself and what interests you. Discover new hobbies or passions that you might want to pursue in life. Start exercising regularly and uncover a love for new healthy foods. Whatever it is that works for you, your future self will surely thank you even when summer vacation is far in the past.

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Need a little extra help becoming your best self in just a few short months? We can help—just click HERE for our tips on how to do it over summer vacation.