5 Cheap Summer Vacations That Will Fit Your Budget

5 Cheap Summer Vacations That Will Fit Your Budget

5 ideas for cheap summer vacationWhether you’re looking for a fun road trip or prefer a cross country plane ride, summer is right around the corner—meaning it’s time to make your summer plans and consider your options for cheap summer vacations.


Between gas, food, lodging, etc., the costs for a vacation can add up. To avoid breaking the bank, check out our top 5 ideas for cheap summer vacations and start planning your next getaway. Added bonus: Our recommendations range from beach getaways to city excursions to help inspire your trip planning.



The heart of this historic town is the harbor, which welcomes tourists all-summer long as Annapolis showcases its colonial charm. In fact, “This quaint harbor town is often called “America’s Sailing Capital”…but the good news is that “you don’t need your own boat to join in the fun. The city offers plenty of diversions, from sailing to shopping. That’s what makes it such a great place for an end-of-summer getaway” (Southern Living).


In addition, some of the town’s most popular (and free!) attractions include: U.S. Naval Academy, Banneker-Douglass Museum and Quiet Waters Park.


Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia:

If you’re looking more for an outdoor adventure, consider visiting Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia. Besides having a rich history (Fun Fact: According to the New York Times, Harper’s Ferry “was of such strategic importance to the Union and Confederate armies that it changed hands eight times during the Civil War), Harper’s Ferry has a range of activities including swimming, hiking, kayaking, tubing and fishin—most of which can be enjoyed at little to no cost.


Maine’s Coastline:

While summer maybe peak travel time for coastal towns in this New England state, there are still deals to be had and destinations worth a visit. If you’re willing to travel off the beaten path, consider booking a night at the Lincolnville Motel, which is a “recently updated, mid century roadside find located just north of the much more popular Camden, while the charming Nebo Lodge is nearly 13 miles off the mainland on the island of North Haven. Both are affordable yet stylish options that still provide the perfect Maine Midcoast experience (Forbes)”



Located 1 hour from Disney and 45 minutes from a number of beaches, Tampa is a great cheap summer vacation option for millennials wanting to explore the craft beer scene to families who may want to explore affordable attractions like Busch Gardens or the Florida Aquarium.


If you’re a history buff by day, but also enjoy a night on the town, make sure you check out the historic Ybor City neighborhood while in Tampa. Visit Tampa Bay best describes Ybor City when they say “The historic Latin quarter and former center of cigar manufacturing wears two hats today: a creamy Panama for daytime lunching, shopping, cigar smoking and coffee sipping, and a black fedora for the high-spirited playground it becomes at night.”



Itching to add a stamp to your passport? Then a trip to our friends in the north may be worth exploring. Toronto is especially appealing ”if you’re looking for a bargain this summer…not only is this a vibrant and dynamic city, but the strong U.S. dollar means it offers American travelers great value for their money (think: 25-30% off)” (Forbes).


If you’re ready to book your trip, but are still scratching your head wondering how to afford a summer vacation, consider contacting our team regarding a vacation loan.


These type of loans are especially great for our members who simple need a loan of up to $1,200 for any summer to-dos, and American Heritage Credit Union offers vacation loans for members who may have lower income or low credit scores.


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