Saving for the future doesn’t have to be abstract. It helps when what you’re saving for is both real and worthwhile. Because traveling is expensive, we’ll help you plan for that great summer vacation. With spring nearly upon us, now’s a good time to start thinking about warmer weather.

When

If you can, avoid traveling on major holidays or exclusively on weekends. These tend to add up and airfare is generally higher during peak vacation days.

Where

Consider going to exotic locales as off the beaten path. Even though it sometimes feels like everyone continuously visits the same three or four island resorts, there are many beaches on earth. If you’re flexible with the “where” part of your trip, you may discover someplace new and wonderful.  And spots not as popular are generally on the slightly cheaper side.

What

Hotels are becoming a thing of the past. And is it really any surprise? Many home-sharing sites provide travelers with more space for less money. It’s definitely worth considering for a big trip. Cooking meals and staying in while traveling can add up to serious savings.

Why

We all need time to recharge and relax. But it’s a little harder to do in our home. While you may be a creature of habit, getting a little outside your comfort zone has many benefits.

Work

Worried about leaving your co-workers in the lurch during an extended vacation? Then figure out how you can parlay pleasure and business. Offer to be on-call for 1 of 2 weeks if that means extra time abroad for you and your family.

Are you getting things in order for a dream summer getaway? Share how you plan to save enough to make the trip amazing.