Cheap Tips on Booking a Summer Trip

Cheap Tips for Booking a Summer Trip
Between the warm weather and school letting out, summer is the perfect time to go on vacation. If you haven't booked anything yet, though, don't worry. You can still find a great deal this summer by following these simple tips.

To start, save money by taking a trip at end of August. According to FareCompare, flying after August 20 can save you up to 22 percent off the average price of airline tickets. The same goes for finding a place to stay. According to Orbitz, the cheapest time to book a room is between August 24 and August 30.

Next, with ever-changing plane ticket prices, find out when to book your flights by using an app named Hopper. It starts by asking you where you want to fly and when. From there the app shows you a color-coded calendar that helps you spot "good deal" days and avoid the expensive ones.

Once you select the dates, your prediction pops up and lets you know when prices might start to rise. You can also select the app's "watch flight" option, and Hopper will tell you when it thinks it's the right time to book your flight.

Finally, another great way to figure out when to book a flight is through a service called FLYR. This website works a bit differently, since it predicts prices for specific flights. Since you may want to want a non-stop flight, earn points with a specific airline, or fly at a certain time of day, FLYR waits for you to pick an exact itinerary before it makes a recommendation.

After that, a graph will pop up and show you how prices may change over the course of the week. This will help you decide whether to buy right away, or wait to see if the price goes down. Currently, it only predicts prices for flights in the U.S., so keep that in mind if you're looking to fly internationally.

If you're still looking to book a summer trip, just follow these tips. You'll still be able to go on vacation without overworking your budget.

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  • Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 41
  • Local Prices Rank: 18
  • Attractions Rank: 12
  • Weather Conditions Rank: 16
  • Parks & Recreation Rank: 19

Albuquerque is WalletHub's 10th best city for a budget-friendly vacation.

Any trip to the desert is certainly not complete without a ride in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande Valley. Or if you prefer an activity closer to the ground, there are more than 60 well-established hiking trails crossing more than 150 miles in the Sandia Mountains.

Looking for a place to stay? The Hotel Andaluz features Andalusian architecture throughout the property, built in 1939 by Conrad Hilton (yes that Hilton) It was the fourth Hilton hotel ever built. The downtown boutique hotel also has a rooftop bar to take in the gorgeous New Mexico sunsets.

  • Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 30
  • Local Prices Rank: 47
  • Attractions Rank: 5
  • Weather Conditions Rank: 9
  • Parks & Recreation Rank: 23

Los Angeles may be a lot of things, but boring it isn't. Whereas other parts of the country see summer temperatures rise into the 90s and possibly over 100 degrees, L.A.'s average temperature in July is 71 degrees, perfect weather as far as we're concerned.

First, no trip to LA is complete without a walk down Hollywood's Walk of Fame or on a bus tour of Beverly Hills, Mulholland Drive, Bel Air and others to see your favorite celebrities' homes. Next, be sure to take in a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium or hike into the Hollywood Hills to see the best view of LA and the San Fernando Valley on a guided tour.

Los Angeles was No. 5 on WalletHub's list for cities with the most attractions.
  • Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 4
  • Local Prices Rank: 22
  • Attractions Rank: 36
  • Weather Conditions Rank: 19
  • Parks & Recreation Rank: 28

Purchase a Dallas CityPass for reduced admission to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science; the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck; the Dallas Zoo; and the George W. Bush Library & Museum, among other places.

Sports lover? Take a tour of the AT&T Stadium, the massive football mecca where the Dallas Cowboys play.

Or looking for some free attractions? Be sure to check out the John F. Kennedy Memorial or walk through Freedmen's Cemetery Memorial, a pre-Civil War burial ground.

Dallas was ranked the No. 4 city with lowest costs/hassles of traveling there.

  • Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 13
  • Local Prices Rank: 2
  • Attractions Rank: 51
  • Weather Conditions Rank: 10
  • Parks & Recreation Rank: 48

A must-see for any visitor is the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, showcasing exhibitions of "turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, Victorian firearms, frontier military and Western performers," among other things.

At night, visit the shops, restaurants and river walk of Bricktown, once a warehouse district converted into a vibrant entertainment and dining area.

Oklahoma City was WalletHub's second best city with lowest local prices behind Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 5
  • Local Prices Rank: 25
  • Attractions Rank: 10
  • Weather Conditions Rank: 38
  • Parks & Recreation Rank: 17

There is no shortage of activities and gastronomic fare in this city, known as the "live music capital of the world." The city is home to more than 250 music venues and has a big art scene. But there's plenty more to see and do. For some history, check out the Bremond Block Historic District, which showcases the nearly dozen remaining upper-class Victorian homes from nineteenth century Texas.

Looking for some good eats in the city? Franklin BBQ was not only raved about by the experts, but also by customers. Hope you're hungry early though because this establishment is only open for lunch.

Austin was ranked the No. 5 city with lowest costs/hassles of traveling there.

  • Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 27
  • Local Prices Rank: 16
  • Attractions Rank: 28
  • Weather Conditions Rank: 6
  • Parks & Recreation Rank: 36

Salt Lake City has a lot to offer the outdoor buff. While the city may be known for its proximity to some excellent skiing in places like Park City, it has plenty to offer for summertime visitors as well.

In Salt Lake City visit the city's historic Temple Square -- headquarters to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For additional historic charm, be sure to visit the Marmalade Hill Historical District, which shows off homes to Utah's earliest settlers. The streets and locations are named after the fruits and plants that early pioneers planted.

Elsewhere in the city, visitors can hike and bike plenty of mountains and canyons like Big Cottonwood Canyon, Ensign Peak, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Silver Lake, Lake Solitude, and more.

And while the city has historically had some unusual laws regarding alcohol, here's a primer on drinking in the state now.

  • Cost and Hassles to Get There Rank: 15
  • Local Prices Rank: 31
  • Attractions Rank: 1
  • Weather Conditions Rank: 12
  • Parks & Recreation Rank: 15

Las Vegas has worked hard to change its brand from Sin City to a place where the whole family can have fun. And the city has tons of family-friendly activities. A few favorites include the Discovery Children's Museum; the CSI: The Experience exhibit at MGM Grand hotel.

If you're willing to drive an hour southeast of Vegas, visit The Hoover Dam, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Built between 1931 and 1936, the Hoover Dam was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but "somewhat controversially named after former president Herbert Hoover."

Looking for a hotel to stay that's off the strip? There are plenty of options from the pricey to the wallet-friendly.

Of course, you can always try your luck at the city's numerous casinos.

Las Vegas was named No. 1 for most attractions by WalletHub.

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