As travel demand surges and prices rise, here are 7 ways to save money this summer


Americans want their summer vacations. After a year of restricted movement during , 80% in a recent survey by tourism market research firm said they are ready to travel. However, with that demand comes higher prices.

Airline tickets are up 7% for the month and 24% from the year prior, according to the , the Labor Department reported Thursday. Car and truck rental rates jumped 12.1% in May, rising 110% from a year ago, and gas is up 56.2% over the past year. Yet there still are ways to spend smartly. “Whether it is international or domestic, it is best to plan out every stage of your trip in advance to make sure there are not any hidden sticker shocks,” said Jordan Staab, president of SmarterTravel Media. Here’s how you can save money when planning your next vacation. 1. Road trip it The best way to save money is to drive your own car to your destination, Staab more...