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07/29/14

Laborious process: How to make your Labor Day travels budget friendly

Whether you're talking about a vacation to the beach in the summer or jetting to Europe for a month to take in all the sights and sounds, every trip comes with some sort of budget that individuals, couples, parents and families alike have to adhere to no matter what time of year it is.
The summer is nearly over, but that doesn't mean the trip planning is over. In fact, some would argue that Labor Day is one of the more heavy travel days of the entire year with those aforementioned groups looking for not only ways to save money but still enjoy themselves in the process. That enviable combination often is a tough one to pull off given anything from airline tickets to the price of gas for that cross country trip or only a few hour car ride to the beach.
Naturally, you'll have to account for your travel plans in the form of costs for airline tickets, car rentals, gas and hotels. Discount web sites and online travel experts certainly can help with getting you the very best rate before you book, but you might also want to consider your destination and finding a spot that won't drain your Labor Day vacation budget because everything within a few mile radius is either overpriced or so incredibly crowded that most of the trip is spent in that four star hotel.
Some cities stand out as being relatively inexpensive to visit yet still boast the kind of fun, entertainment and value that you want out of a Labor Day trip. Baltimore and New Jersey often find their way on to the Labor Day itinerary thanks to the inner city and beach and boardwalk, respectively. New Jersey also has its fair share of parks, too, to keep everyone engaged on the trip.
Free concerts and festivals also rightfully draw their fair share of interest, and cities like Chicago and Virginia Beach are two very different spots to enjoy both. Virginia Beach, much like New Jersey, has the beach as draw for those who are interested in one last summertime beach trip before fall sets in for good. The "Windy City" is a cultural melting pot from a music and festivities standpoint, and would be travelers have taken notice of what Chicago brings to the table every year around Labor Day.

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Keep in mind the Labor Day travel comes at the end of the travel season, and some would be travelers may have already spent their allotted amount for the season. You also have to remember that parents traveling with kids have to not only put forth cash for a Labor Day trip but also have just spent or are going to spend a nice piece of change on back to school shopping.
Those facts should point you in the direction of a city that never sleeps and has plenty to do without you being overly restless that you're overspending at the conclusion of summer.

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