Summer is here and it’s time to relax!

If you’re thinking about taking a summer vacation, but your budget can’t afford to take a big hit, check out these money-saving getaway tips.

Whether you’ll be soaking up the sun on the beach or enjoying outdoor sports, taking some time to plan your trip and budget your expenses can mean the difference between an enjoyable trip and travelers’ remorse. Figuring out how much you can afford to spend will help determine where you’ll go, where you’ll stay, what you’ll buy, and what you’ll eat.

Pro-tip: Look for budget-friendly dining and lodging, and take advantage of “kids-stay-free” and “kids-eat-free” options available at an abundance of hotels and restaurants.

U.S. News has compiled a list of the Top 20 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in the United States based on factors such as affordability, weather and activities. We’ve listed the top 10 here.

  1. Bar Harbor, Maine
  2. Montana’s Glacier National Park
  3. Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park
  4. Boston, Massachusetts
  5. Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
  6. San Diego, California
  7. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Zion National Park, Utah
  10. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

Can I afford to take a vacation?

According to a survey conducted by, more than one in four Americans won’t take a vacation this year. Most cited not being able to afford it as the reason. Among those who are planning vacations, the average cost is expected to be about $1,979.

If you’re watching your pennies but still want to have some summer fun, staying close to home and enjoying all our area has to offer is a good alternative to loftier travel plans.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the official destination marketing organization for Erie and Ottawa Counties. It offers the latest scoop on what’s happening in the area. VacationLand Federal Credit Union is proud to have two branches located in Sandusky, the biggest city in the Lake Erie Shores & Island area, which was recently named the best coastal town in America by USA Today.

If you haven’t socked away enough money to afford a vacation this year, VLFCU can help with a personal loan, share secured loan or home equity line of credit. Take a look at our rates here.

If you apply for a VLFCU Home Equity Line of Credit before June 30, 2019, we’ll give you a $250 Visa gift card at closing. Get the details here, then give us a call at 800-691-9299 or stop by one of our convenient locations to talk with a helpful lending specialist.

You can also set up a Club Account and start saving for next year’s getaway!

Bon voyage!