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Four Last Minute Memorial Day Travel Budget Savers

This blog post was updated on September 1, 2023.

As AAA revealed fewer travelers will be hitting the road for this Memorial Day, many are staying home due to the costs of Memorial Day travel. The weekend often stretches from Thursday to Monday of the last week of May and tends to be the unofficial kick-off of summer. Deciding to travel for Memorial Day last minute can seem like a costly decision. Hotels are all booked or over priced with such late notice. Flights are through the roof in cost. Gas prices are rising. If you would rather not stay home for Memorial Day but you find yourself limited in your weekend travel budget, you can implore these ways to stretch your dollars on the holiday weekend.

Invite a carload full of friends:
The high gas prices for Memorial Day weekend often drive travelers to simple just stay home. They always seem to skyrocket on Memorial Day weekend. And yet most travelers are going by car for the weekend. In order to make travel possible, you should invite a carload full of friends or family on your vacation. If everyone chips in for gas, the costs will be much more manageable.

Always do a coupon code search: We often hold back from traveling on popular weekends for the sticker shock on most items. From hotel rooms to car rental rates, the bottom line price can seem a bit hard to stomach. To ensure that you are getting the best last minute flight deals, even if the price is steeper than it was a few months, you should always do a quick search to see if your travel item has a coupon code available. While it might seem like a few drops in the bucket, those coupon codes can quickly add up to big savings on various aspects to your Memorial Day trip.

Join free reward programs: Many hotel groups and car rental companies have reward programs that you can join for free. Even if you don’t plan on staying at the hotel group enough to be a member, it might be worth joining for Memorial Day. Some programs have first time member or user perks that you can take advantage of on Memorial Day weekend. They might offer free WiFi to members or complimentary parking, all costs that can quickly add up on Memorial Day weekend.

Enjoy the great outdoors: It often doesn’t cost a pretty penny to enjoy the great outdoors. Rather than heading to an expensive city for Memorial Day weekend, the best place you can go for your budget is the great outdoors. From camping at national parks or merely finding a beach, these attractions won’t cost you a dime just to see and enjoy them.


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