Summertime is the ideal time to take your vacation. The weather is warm, kids are home from school and you’ve probably got some vacation time saved up — but that’s true for everybody, so sometimes prices go up. If you time your vacation just right, however, you can have a great time without spending a fortune.

June

In many areas of the world, June is one of the least expensive times to travel because summer isn’t in high gear yet. If you want a June vacation, try to plan it for the first two weeks of June. Since kids are still in school, there’s less people traveling then, which means lower prices. However, you should check convention schedules before booking your trip because some businesses schedule annual events for the beginning of June. If you are traveling to a place where a convention is being held, you can expect bigger crowds and higher prices.

July

If you want to travel in July, make sure to avoid the 1st and 15th. These are the most popular travel dates, so you’ll pay a lot more for traveling on those dates. If you’re traveling by car, you’ll also probably pay more for gas on those dates because you will be stuck in traffic.

Consider the location you want to travel to as well. The entire month of July is often cheap if you are traveling to Europe because the whole continent is semi-shutdown during this month. You will be able to see everything you want to see, avoid crowds and pay lower prices if you travel in July.

August

August is very similar to July. If you’re traveling in Europe, expect lower prices and small crowds throughout the month (with the exception of the 1st and 15th.) Consider making your plans for the first two weeks of August, as businesses gear up for the coming fall and people try to get one last vacation in as the summer winds down.

September

In many European countries, September is the most expensive time to travel. With September comes cooler weather, so tourists are more likely to make their plans for this month. In addition, European countries often feature trade shows during September, which drive prices up even higher.

The beginning of September may be less expensive than the last two weeks, as temperatures are still fairly hot and people are not doing as much traveling. If you are planning on going to a beach resort, the entire month of  September will be inexpensive because beaches empty out as fall begins.

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