It’s time to put the school books away, hide the sweaters, and dust off those bathing suits. The summer travel season is upon us. You can tell based on the disgustingly long security lines at many of the major airports. Yeah, you’re certainly not gonna be alone in your travel plans: Americans plan on spending nearly $83 billion this summer. 5.5% more than in 2015 when booking vacations online.
I’m sure many of you have already (at least) started to plan your summer vacation. But, as the saying goes, are you getting the most bang for your buck? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Is it a better deal to go to Las Vegas or New York? How about Orlando or Los Angeles? Dallas or Denver?
The biggest bang for those dolla dolla bills
Lucky for us, WalletHub compiled a list of the 80 most “wallet-friendly and Instagram-worthy summer destinations.”
There are a lot of familiar names towards the top of the list. Las Vegas came out with the top spot. Orlando, with its theme parks is also up there. So is Los Angeles and its Pacific paradise. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is in the top 10, rightfully so. Chicago, Austin, and New York are in the top 20.
Some of the popular vacation destinations outside of the top 20: New Orleans, Miami, Denver, Washington, D.C., Nashville, San Antonio, and Honolulu.
The cities that didn’t make the top 20 are certainly still worth going to. And plenty do! Denver has been a huge tourist destination for the past couple of years (must be something in the air). And who doesn’t love Hawaii?
While it’s nice to know how much it’ll cost you to go to one place over another, sometimes it doesn’t even matter. You wanna go to Hawaii because it’s frickin’ Hawaii! Screw how much it costs and the amount of bangs your buck is getting.
There are other times when you want to get out of town just to get out of town. If that’s the case, this list is for you. Because you can go somewhere (on a whim) knowing you won’t lose your pants in the process.
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