Summer is finally here! For most, the season of sun comes with the big 3: beach, barbecues, and breaking away with a solid vacay. The problem? Vacations are mega expensive! But here’s the secret; they don’t have to be! Check out Docupop’s top 5 super sweet vacation ideas that won’t break your summer budget.

#1: Glamping

It’s trendy, it’s affordable – and most importantly, it’s a blast! If you don’t have the money to stay at a fancy hotel – or, if setting up tents and sleeping on the ground isn’t your thing either, why not try something right in the middle? Glamping offers everything from stargazing beds under the sky, tepees, cute cottages, tiny houses, trailers and more. Unlike camping, the set-up and hard work is done for you and at fraction of the cost of a hotel. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy a whimsical weekend away on even the tightest of budgets. Looking for a great place near you? Simply type in, “glamping” followed by your zip code and several sites should pop-up.

#2: Tropical Stay-Cation

In need of an island style vacation but can’t afford a trip to Hawaii? No worries, there are plenty of places with long sandy beaches and restaurants that can serve your favorite summer cocktail – but aren’t quite as expensive. Ever been to Galveston, Texas? Visit Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier and ride their roller coasters to feed your inner child. End the day with a happy hour drink at one of their many pool bars, while floating away into the sunset with good company.

#3: Road Trip In Style

Always dreamed of a California style road trip along Highway 1? Take the scenic route and pass through gorgeous spots alongside nature while aboard a cool new experience in itself – an old school hippie bus. Renting out one of these nostalgic, live-in style vehicles won’t just be groovy, it can also save you a ton of cash by sleeping in your ride at some of the most beautiful campsites in the world. For all of you surfing, hiking and social media lovers, this is sure to be a trip to remember!

#4: Explore Somewhere New, Stateside.

You don’t need a passport to visit somewhere with a unique vibe. You can enjoy lots of different energies right here in America. If you’re looking for a summer vacation in a city with an edge, Portland is for you! Take a stroll around town, where you’ll find unique bookstores, coffee shops, parks, food trucks, and wine tasting rooms to fit just about any connoisseurs’s taste. Fun fact: not saying you have to partake by any means haha, but Portland even has an annual world naked bike ride. True story!

#5: Um, hello. Nature Is Totally FREE!

Last but not least, one of the most budget-friendly vacation options available is to visit one of the country’s many National Parks. Wherever you may live, a great National Park is most likely within driving distance. Make it a goal to visit one this summer. Zion, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain or wherever it may be, grab your backpack and get ready to enjoy nature. Hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, and helicopter tours are all options. Depending on your budget, make it cozy by the campfire or choose to bunk in the lodge for hot chocolate at the end of an adventurous day.

Whether it’s vacation ideas, or even student debt assistance, Docupop is always here to help you brainstorm new ways to help to stretch your dollars to the max. If unattainable student loan payments are keeping you from budget-friendly summer fun, Docupop may be able to help. To find out if you qualify for lower monthly payment, give us a call at (866) 269-5501 or click below to get started.

Happy travels!

Co-Written By: Madelene Vestlund

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