In today’s world, we have flights that connect the United States’ soil with every neck of the woods available on this blue and green planet of ours — the whole world is in the palm of our hands. Hell, with the advancement of technology, we’ve even developed space tourism now. Leaving Earth for 10 minutes in a space capsule surely must be the most mesmerizing experience anyone can ever hope for.
However, not all of us have a multi-billion company which operates all over the world and gives slave-like conditions to their employees (looking at you, Jeff Bezos). But you needn’t worry — you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a trip for it to be an enjoyable one. It can still be a fancy, all-you-want-covered vacation for a tenth of such sums. We’ve selected five destinations which are great places to visit during the summer, and you won’t have to spend your life savings on them.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
An unincorporated territory of the United States, San Juan is around a thousand miles away from Miami. The capital and the largest city of Puerto Rico with around 400,000 inhabitants, San Juan, is the 46th largest city under US jurisdiction.
With Spanish being the main language, San Juan represents a perfect opportunity for an international island vacation without having to bring your passport (that is, if you’re flying from the US). You can find a hotel in Old San Juan (the city center) for $130 a night — the rates get lower the further you go away from downtown. Flights from Chicago to San Juan start at $325, making this an economical and relaxing summer vacation.
In summer months, Honolulu gets a 2,1% fare drop, making this destination — which is usually high in price during other parts of the year — an affordable summer destination. Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, can give you even better rates if you’re wise enough in picking during which week you want to go there — a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu in the last weeks of August costs $495. The same trip in July costs $560. You can find amazing accommodation via Airbnb and get a studio apartment for $75 a night. Furthermore, you won’t get thrown somewhere over the rainbow — at these rates, you’ll get an apartment on a beach in Waikiki. How does that sound for a tropical vacation?
Austin is the capital of Texas and is its fourth largest city. It’s a popular destination for lovers of art and music, with the city offering a multitude of things to do and see throughout the day. When the night falls, your activities don’t need to stop, as there are still plenty of places open that you shouldn’t miss. Namely, there are over 250 live music venues which work far into the night. If you’re going there from Los Angeles, you can find a trip in August for $97, while an apartment via Airbnb will cost you $56 a night.
New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) is one of the most captivating cities in the United States. If you haven’t been there already, then you should definitely place it on your bucket list. Despite the disasters that Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005 (which flooded 80% of the city), the Big Easy managed to retain its charm and most of its beautiful architecture. A flight from New York to the birthplace of jazz can cost you $220. You can find a hotel in the French Quarter (the center and the soul of the city) for $149 per night.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Running away from the cold like winter migratory birds, many people decide to visit Florida during winter months, which makes this state see an influx of tourism in winter. So as weird as it sounds, summer is actually an off-season for this peninsula state. Less than 30 miles from Miami, Fort Lauderdale represents an affordable Florida destination, with flights from Boston starting at $139 for a round trip. You can find studio bungalows on Airbnb for $69 a night.