Labor Day Getaway: Where to Go When Money is Tight

Posted on 08/17/2012

Even if you already blew your summer vacation travel budget, don’t feel like you have to stay home this Labor Day. Enjoy one last summertime hoorah over this final three-day weekend by choosing the perfect destination for when money is tight.

Las Vegas Las Vegas is the second most popular Labor Day getaway destination, according to’s data from more than 3 million user searches. It also happens to be the most affordable with the average flight costing $267 roundtrip. Also, since it’s so hot in Vegas this time of year hotel rooms can be extremely cheap.

Stay Within Driving Distance
Despite the cost of gas, you’ll save money if you don’t have to pay for a flight. Peruse this long list of Labor Day Weekend Travel Deals from Travelocity that reward hotel stays with $50 gas cards. Whether you live near Santa Fe, St. Louis or anywhere in between you can get a hotel for about $100 and also earn a free gas card.

Orlando or Myrtle Beach
According to, hotel rates drop significantly in August at hot destinations like Orlando and Myrtle Beach. That makes these two destinations popular choices for affordable Labor Day travel.

Enjoy Free Events
Communities across the country send summer out with a bang by holding high profile events—including many free activities. If you live near Denver consider making a weekend out of the annual A Taste of Colorado event where admission is free.

Check Out Living Social Escapes
When money is tight turn to flash sales on sites like Living Social. They offer deep discounts on escapes around the world—including cool places nearby. For instance, right now you can score a two-night weekend stay at a beautiful hotel in the heart of our nation’s capitol for just $277, a 50 percent discount. The deal includes buffet breakfast and two metro passes.

Book Flights Now
Wherever you decide to go this Labor Day weekend, a key to saving money is booking flights now. Four years of data released from Travelocity shows that Labor Day flights booked five weeks out cost an average of $339 roundtrip while flights booked one week in advance cost an average of $372 roundtrip. Get more out of your money by booking early.

By Alison Storm

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