Ah, summer: season of sunny beach days, outdoor adventures and bonfire-lit nights. But in 2022, it’s also a time of outrageously expensive tanks of gas, jam-packed airports, busy roads and rising coronavirus cases.
This summer might not be easy and breezy, and it definitely won’t be cheap. But as millions of people venture out for vacation — some after spending the last two years closer to home — they might need a little expert guidance on saving money, staying safe and navigating the travel chaos ahead.
Whether summer plans include traveling overseas, visiting national parks or heading to one (or three) weddings, these stories can help.
Vacation dreams are clashing with the reality of travel prices. Trips to Europe, Mexico and Central America are slightly more expensive this summer than they were in 2019, according to travel data. However, prices aren’t necessarily up across the board, and there are still deals to be found. To jump-start your trip brainstorming, we picked seven cheaper alternatives to popular summer travel spots.
As gas prices soar in the United States, taking a road trip is becoming less of a wallet-friendly option. If you’re looking to hit the road, there are ways to offset the higher fuel costs and keep car travel within your budget. Here are ways to save on everything from food to accommodations.
More than two years into the pandemic, vacationers are making travel plans with renewed zeal. But because of a number of economic, logistical and geopolitical issues, a summer getaway will come at a steep, painful price this year. Here’s a breakdown of what people should expect as they plan summer trips and how they might save a few bucks.
The “rental car apocalypse” dawned a little more than a year ago as travelers ventured back into the world only to find fewer vehicles and hiked-up prices. Experts say the scenario is slightly less doom and gloom now — but also far from the pre-pandemic norm. If you’re renting a car this spring or summer, here are eight things to keep in mind.
At first, the tests the Biden administration were distributing didn’t help travelers with U.S. testing requirements for international travel because they didn’t offer the virtual testing option. That has since changed. Depending on which brand of test, you may be able to use it on your next international trip after all. Also keep in mind: now the CDC recommends testing before domestic travel, too.
Experts say a budget is necessary for wedding guests who will probably have huge demands on their time and travel dollars this year as we enter the busiest season in nearly a decade. Here are 10 tips from wedding, travel and financial experts on how to save during this year’s nuptial boom.
The pandemic ushered in a newfound appreciation for the great outdoors — so great, in fact, that it made finding a camping spot three times harder last year compared to 2019. Does that mean your camping dreams are doomed? Not at all. Here are tips from industry experts on finding the perfect spot, no matter how you like to camp.
If you’ve been to Yellowstone during peak tourist season, you’d think the national park system has an overtourism problem. But it’s not that too many people are going to the parks — it’s that too many people are going to a few parks at the same time. But don’t let that stop you from going to a park this summer. Planning a trip to one of the lesser-known parks can help you avoid crowds and have a better time.
In the weeks since a federal judge in Florida struck down the federal mask mandate for planes and other transportation settings, Americans have met the change with a mix of excitement and concern. If you are nervous about flying on an aircraft full of bare faces, you can take steps to make the journey less daunting.
As much as you might want to curl up and go to sleep during a long flight, the secret to surviving the economy section is the exact opposite of that. We talked to fitness experts for the best stretches and moves to combat bloat and stiffness on your next flight.
Planning: Your guide to traveling again, in 5 steps | How to move to Europe | Less busy national park alternatives |Protect your plans from covid chaos | Save on wedding travel | How to cook at a vacation rental | How to travel with kids under 5
Road trips: How to find a rental car | Snacks | National park tips | Rental car disasters | Try Kevin Costner’s road trip app | Trying a fancy bus from NY to DC | How to save on road trips as gas prices soar | What it’s like to rent from Turo
Flying: What to do about lost luggage | Getting through to airline customer service | How to get a refund | Extend your flight voucher | Find a good neck pillow | How to deal with chaotic airports | Cut the line at the airport | Get your kid a frequent flier account | Plane workouts | Why you should pick your seat | Can you fly with edibles? | When an airline bumps you | Your canceled flight emergency kit
Camping: Finding a campsite | Plan your meals | Solo camping | First-time tips | Watch out for wildlife | 6 surprising camping essentials
Greener travel advice: Should you bike to the airport? | How to find ‘greener’ flights | How to actually make your travel better for the planet | What it’s like to rent an EV
Hot takes: Get up early on vacation | Why you should dress up for a flight | Talk to strangers | In a relationship? Travel alone anyway

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