Enter the SheSpeaks Summer Travel Giveaway

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Jun 17, 2015

Are you planning any summer getaways this year? Planning to stay local or venture to beaches, resorts, or amusement parks by car or plane? 

Tell us your summer plans in our Summer Travel Giveaway and you can win an American Express gift card to make your summer extra special! Just comment below with your summer plans for a chance to win.

According to the US Travel Association, Americans fail to use 429 million vacation days every year. The results were so mind-boggling to the web site, Skift.com, that they, too, polled their members and found out that only 62% plan to take a summer vacation at all. The majority used finances as their main reason and many stated they would be taking shorter breaks this summer. Surprisingly, the majority stating they can't afford taking a vacation this summer were women.

If money is a big issue this year, there are several ways to ensure traveling within your budget. Here are some tools to ensure a great, cost-effective summer vacation strategy, whether you're staying local or traveling:

1. Create a budget and explain to all of your travel companions, regardless of age, the importance of sticking to it.

2. Do your research to get the best deals. This includes booking online, making direct calls and getting personal recommendations. Keep in mind that travel agents tend to get a cut of a booking and that prices are often less booked further out and by avoiding blackout periods.

3. There are alternatives to 5-star hotels: Consider staying in an apartment or even take a house swap somewhere you've never been. 

4. Apartments or hotel rooms with kitchens are useful for eating meals in and are quite cost-effective.

5. Consider a road trip to avoid high plane fares. Car journeys are often bonding experiences and give you and your travel companions the opportunity to stop at new, never-before-seen places en route to a destination. You can also see more of the place in which you live and head to local beaches and amusement parks.

This giveaway is open now through June 30th to USA residents at least 18 years of age. No purchase necessary.

Update: Congrats to winner tkdmomma! 


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Jun 30, 2015

Road trips, amusement parks, BBQs, and visits to the pool!

by shellsimpson | Middletown, OH
Jun 30, 2015

We plan to stay local this summer. We will enjoy amusement parks, picnics, and family gatherings.

by tinkerbell218 | ORANGE, CT
Jun 30, 2015

Looking forward to my Annual Girls Getaway in Vermont this August. Nothing like a bunch a girls, a Jeep and Nature - what could go wrong LOL

by toyya28 | LITHONIA, GA
Jun 30, 2015

We taking the kids camping this summer

by Pedremiami | MIAMI, FL
Jun 30, 2015

We are having a staycation one hour away from home. We will also visit family that is over an hour away and they have a pool.

by kickingscreaminglife | OXNARD, CA
Jun 30, 2015

We are planning to go camping

by angelgenius27 | MODENA, NY
Jun 30, 2015

Camping, hiking new trails, water parks, and finding new things to do locally!

by princesspam | IOLA, KS
Jun 30, 2015

I would love to take my family on a nice vacation that is long over due! Money has been tight lately and we need some fun and relaxation. I would love to go to San Antonio Texas to visit Sea World!

by Alyson19 | Port washington, NY
Jun 29, 2015

I am a mom of two little girls and work in a summer camp for the majority of summer so my girls can have a camping experience. Before school starts we will do a small vacation that is local for us to keep down costs. We will drive from Long Island to Lancaster PA to enjoy Hershey Park and Dutch Wonderland.

by dragonfly777 | JACKSONVILLE, FL
Jun 29, 2015

We are driving to northern NH through the MT Washington Valley. The kids love that area. It's so beautiful there!

by DravensNana | NACOGDOCHES, TX
Jun 29, 2015

Having a rather bad year, with deaths, a move and divorce after two decades of marriage..I would really like a vacation. Having not had one in about 25 years, I probably need one. Ha. I now have 4 grandbabies and one on the way. Being able to spend time with them since they don't really even know me, would be nice.

by WhoLetTheMumOut | LAS VEGAS, NV
Jun 29, 2015

We're headed to my brother-in-law's wedding in London. It will be the first time our baby flies. it's going to be fun!

by musicalsguru | MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Jun 29, 2015

We mostly staycation and do very short roadtrips with family.

by cmessias | CHERRY HILL, NJ
Jun 29, 2015

Every year we go to Hershey Park for the day. This year I'd like to go overnight so it's not such a long drive. Would love to stay at the Hershey Hotel.

by mommy3sons | Denver, NC
Jun 29, 2015

We are going to Carolina Beach in August for a week. We ❤️ Going to the beach and spending quality family together making lifetime memories 😀❤️