Consumer Watch: Snow day Summer vacation planning

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The snow, the ice and the cold . . . winter refuses to release its hold on most of the US. Old man winter leaves many of us dreaming of sunnier skies. Researching a vacation to a dream destination is a good way to spend a snow day.

According to Smarter Travel, a vacation budget needs to go beyond airfare, hotel and a rental car. Meals, baggage fees, cab fares, tipping, wi-fi and data roaming charges, admission to tourist destinations and travel insurance are just some of the additional costs to consider, and it's always good to budget for too much, rather than come up short.

To put more money in the bank toward those costs, trim some extra expenses like the cost of a morning latte, a weekly yoga class, or a dinner out and think how saving that cash now, might mean more fun on vacation later. Bankrate also recommends using a rewards credit card for everyday purchases in the months leading up to a vacation. Using a card that gives points or cash back to pay for things like gas or groceries can cut the cost of hotel rooms and airplane tickets.

You should also use social media to stay motivated toward the goal. Follow the destination's tourism board on Twitter or use Pinterest to pin photos or create possible itineraries of places to see, things to do and places to dine. Dream a little folks, Spring is just a couple of weeks away.

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