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As the travel industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, so has people’s desire to get out of town. “Revenge travel” is prompting Americans to make up for lost time and book dream vacations this summer. And that demand is quickly pushing up prices.
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If you’re traveling on a budget, know that most of it will probably be eaten up by airfare, which was up 18% in April alone. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands to go on vacation. We reached out to travel experts for their top recommendations for cost-effective destinations. Below are a few ideas for where to travel on a budget of $1,000.
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Joshua Tree National Park, California
With a budget of $1,000, you can find some great spots at Joshua Tree National Park to go glamping, said Heath Hammett, CEO of VacationRenter. You can even rent an RV for up to six guests for as little as $99 a night. “Make the most of your outing by going hiking or checking out Joshua Tree Lake,” he said. Fishing is just $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, but guests must bring their own poles due to COVID-19 restrictions.
To save more money, Hammett suggested making campfire food. “Of course, s’mores are the all-time favorite. But grilled corn on the cob and veggie and meat skewers are a great option before dessert rolls around.” For those with more wiggle room in their budgets, visit Crossroads Café or drive along Twentynine Palms Highway to discover restaurant options.
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Branson is considered one of the premier destinations for live music. So if you’re hoping your vacation includes plenty of concerts and dancing, Branson is the place to visit.
However, if you’re traveling with kids, they may not be as enthusiastic about seeing the hottest bluegrass bands. Fortunately, Branson is home to another one-of-a-kind attraction: Silver Dollar City. Greg Wilson, co-owner of the personal finance blog ChaChingQueen.com, recently took his family of five there on a vacation for under $1,000. “There was something to do for all ages, including our two-year-old twins,” he said. “Lodging was very affordable and only a few miles away.”