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Summer Travel Tips

by margaret 20. April 2012 10:50

Summer vacation is coming up fast for families and anyone looking to get a break half way through the year. People are always looking for a deal when they travel, and this summer is no different. Whether you’re traveling abroad or traveling around home, we hope some of our suggestions will give you a few ideas to start your summer travels!

Traveling Abroad

Traveling abroad is one of the most popular trips for singles, couples and families to take during the summer months. Because of this, traveling during these times is considered high-season, and flights are generally a few hundred dollars more than they are from about October through May. There are ways to still have that dream vacation through Europe though while still keeping to a budget. Flying to cities like London, Paris or Rome can sometimes set you back $1,000 per person (depending of course on where you’re flying out of). Instead, fly into smaller cities like Dublin or Berlin for prices that you’ll often times find below $700 per person. Cities like this still offer a lot for visitors of any age, with plenty of history and culture to fill your schedule. Once you’re there, consider getting a rental car or taking the Eurorail to visit multiple cities while still keeping costs down.

Chirst Church Cathedral - Dublin, Ireland
Traveling to smaller cities like Dublin can help you
save on your summer vacation (Photo by Blackburn Photo)

While countries throughout Europe may top a lot of peoples Bucket List, there are plenty of other options for traveling with the family or on your own. If you and your traveling party are into diving and swimming, you can’t go wrong with an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean. All-inclusives really do have everything you could possibly need for your stay, while saving you money and time. Generally, these resorts will all have plenty of opportunity for day trips and excursions throughout the area to experience something new. One of the most popular excursions is of course diving around the area you’re staying in. Someplace like the Grand Cayman Islands are very popular for this. Of course, you could always just lie on the beach all day as well! 

Traveling through North America

While Europe may be on a lot of people’s mind for a glamorous vacation, there are plenty of opportunities in our own backyard that are just as good! If it’s a wine trip you’re looking for, skip the expensive flight to Paris or Florence and fly into San Francisco or Oakland to visit the always popular Napa and Sonoma. But if you’re looking for something smaller (or you’ve already been), there are vineyards all over the US, in states like Virginia and New York on the East Coast or Indiana and Michigan in the Midwest. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a city that has plenty of European appeal, head north to Canada with a visit to Montreal. Home to over 30 museums, plenty of gardens and restaurants, it’s a city you’ll definitely find yourself having a lot of fun in, whether you’re going solo, as a couple or with the family. 

If it’s history you’re looking for, the obvious choice might be to fly out to Washington DC. But why not try something like a road trip through historic Route 66? While it at one time ran from Chicago to LA, there are still portions of the historic route that can be found on a road trip from the Midwest to the Southwest. And while the Smithsonian in DC may be well known as one of the best museums for history, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI give it a run for its money! The museum has been home over the years to such historic artifacts as Thomas Edison’s last breath (in a test tube), the Allegheny Steam Locomotive (one of the largest ever built) and of course, being so close to the Motor City, an exhibit on Automobiles in American Life and Society. Visiting Greenfield Village during the summer months is literally like walking through time! The Village includes some replica homes, but there are several homes from notable people like Noah Webster and Robert Frost that were moved from their original spot to be in the Village. You can also take in a baseball game on your visit, played with the rules from 1867.


Robert Frost's House

A trip to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in
Dearborn, MI is like taking a walk through time! 

Get Out There! 

Whatever your travel budget and whatever your travel hopes are for the summer, there’s something out there for everyone, whether you want to book a European vacation for the family, or a solo road trip out west. Whatever you decide on, Fare Buzz is here to assist you with all of your vacation needs. Just call us at 888-808-4123 or send us an email at

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