Do you have summer travel plans set yet? Believe it or not, many people still do not have summer travel plans finalized by Memorial Day and struggle to decide a place to go. If there is one thing our Chapter Two Collect creators know, it’s where and how to travel, and we are here to help make your summer travel plans easy and stress-free. This 50+ Ultimate Summer Travel Ideas guide includes tips for air travel, packing, theme parks, camping, and awesome places to go in the United States and Europe. And if these ideas are not enough to get you started and you need more or have questions about the tips we feature, just ask, because one of our creators likely has an answer!
(Cover photos by Rachel Heller, Nicky Omohundro, Leigh Hines, and Julie Cohn)
What are your favorite things to do in the summer? Do you like to go to the beach and relax or travel to the mountains for outdoor activities? Maybe a little of both? Have you always wanted to visit a national park or go on a cruise? Summer is the ultimate time to travel because the weather is (usually) nicer, business is a bit slower, and kids have a summer break. Even if you only take a few days to go camping or have a staycation, make sure you travel this summer to connect with your family, discover a new destination, and recharge your body!
- Did you know that you should book your airline tickets at least 30 days prior for best pricing?
- Look for a cruise that includes free perks like drink packages, WiFi, and shore excursions to save money.
- Make sure you call your credit card company before you travel so they know the card usage is you.
- Pack plastic baggies when you go to a theme park so you can protect your phone while on water rides.
- Make a copy of passports or drivers licenses and keep in a secret pocket in luggage, in case you lose your wallet while traveling.
- Check the weight of your luggage before you leave home. Most airlines allow 50 pounds or less for checked baggage.
- Find a unique destination. Don’t flock to the same places other people travel in the summer if you want to avoid crowds.
- Make sure you use frequent flier and frequent guest programs when you travel to earn points toward free travel!
- When traveling internationally, make sure to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.
- Bring a portable battery charger for long days at theme parks or museums.
- Stay hydrated especially when you are going to be outdoors. The heat can affect your body temperature more than you realize.
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