These 6 Caribbean destinations are cheap (but amazing) for summer travel

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is a dreamy destination — so it’s no surprise it has an $18 billion tourism industry. According to Caribbean Tourism Organization, 30 million visitors traveled here in 2017, the highest number on record.

Many parts of the Caribbean are cheaper to travel in summer when several islands go “off peak,” compared to fall and winter high-season prices. (Though hurricane season in the area is June to late November, most storms hit during its peak, between late August and October. Last year, hurricanes Irma and Maria both occurred in September.)

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10 cheap places for recent graduates to travel this summer

After pulling all-nighters to finish papers and cram for exams, affordable travel is a final test for a college graduate to face before embarking on their career.

The mean college debt is $32,731, according to the Federal Reserve, which makes the idea of traveling seem out of reach for many recent graduates. But cheap travel is possible for a graduation getaway.

You don’t have to spend a year planning the trip in advance. The best time to purchase a plane ticket is typically one to four months in advance. Online services for deal hunters include SkyScanner.com, which allows you to enter destinations, departing and returning dates, and fares for the cheapest month, said Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, founder of Making Sense of Cents.

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30 Ways to Spend Less on Travel

Are you feeling a little wanderlust? If you’ve got the itch to get on a plane or get in the car and go somewhere, there’s a good reason for it – travel can improve your health, reduce the risk of a heart attack, relieve stress, enhance creativity, and leave you with wonderful memories of seeing the world.

The only problem is, dreams of traveling to far-away destinations may be hard to put into reality because taking trips can be expensive. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to see the world for far less. In fact, here are 30 tips to help you travel on a budget.

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21 Ways to Get Luxury Travel for Less

Penthouse suites and first-class seats to Europe may be extravagant, but there are a slew of ways to snag five-star hotels, roomy airline seats and private tours for a lot less than you’d expect.

We rounded up ways to wrangle upgrades and price breaks on luxury experiences.

Bonus: We also found places to go and ways to get there using these strategies. Take a look.

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How to Fund Traveling Around the World (Without Going Broke)

female traveler sitting on top of a rock overlooking islands

What’s holding you back from taking your dream trip?

If you’re like most people, your answer is probably money. According to the Simplemost/Don’t Waste Your Money 2017 Travel Survey, more than 52% of respondents said costs were a big source of stress when they travel.

But if travel bloggers have taught us anything, it’s that you don’t have to be rich to travel. I reached out to a few full-time travelers to learn how to fund traveling around the world. Here are their best tips for making long-term travel affordable.

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