According to Project: Time Off, more than half of American workers had unused paid leave at the end of 2015, resulting in up to 658 million wasted vacation days. If you refuse to let summer vacations ( or the deals that come with it) become a thing of the past… you might need to redefine what you vacation looks like - which include late summer vacation, multiple weekend getaways and more spontaneous moments.
And there are benefits.
Lower hotel rates. Less crowded popular destinations. Great deals on attractions.
Not to mention the Hello Sunny 2-4-1 Savings Card chocked full of savings and available for download online at www.Sunny.org/Summer
Best time to travel this summer*
According to Hot Rate® Hotel data from Hotwire®, summer travel will be most affordable during the last two weeks of August this year. The middle of September offers big savings on hotels in most major U.S. cities as well, a perfect option for those who prefer a late summer getaway.
For those looking to pack up the kids for a Fort Lauderdale Beach vacation or staycation - Fort Lauderdale is Hotwires' #3 ranked U.S. city for Family Travel, and notes, offers the best travel values in all of South Florida especially low prices in the summer months.
More weekend getaways.
According to American Express, on average, Americans are planning three weekend trips this summer with journeys to the beach cited as the most popular getaway.
According to Hotwire, the Top 6 best weekends to travel during the summer months for big savings, are the weekends between of August 23 - September 27. If you are able to include a Sunday as part of your stay, you can save on lodging costs - as Sunday's are typically the least expensive day of the week.
More spontaneous travel moments.
"Planning" and "spontaneous" may sound contradictory, but there are a growing number of travel booking tools that make guesstimation a viable way to plan a trip. And if you are just looking to "get out of the town your in" a classic American road trip will be hard to beat this summer, with AAA reporting gas prices at the lowest average since 2005.
Spontaneous travel also mean knowing where to go to find how to spend your time, and again, there are a growing number of resources and apps that provide recommendations for things to do, including online sources such as www.Sunny.org,
www.MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com, and www.Travelhost.com to local publications, Fort Lauderdale Magazine and Fort Lauderdale Daily for a comprehensive listing of events, local commentary and off the beaten path adventures to see and do.
Fort Lauderdale is quickly growing as a popular destination for music lovers too featuring free weekly Friday Night Sound Waves oceanside concerts and dozens of live music and dance venues located in the vibrant downtown. Check out the Bandsintown app for an easy guide to the bands and performers, or search live music in Fort Lauderdale for a great list of options.
And never forget the food. Greater Fort Lauderdale offers some of the finest, most varied dining of any U.S. city its size, in part by the advent of new luxury hotels and upgrades all around. From among more than 4,000 wining-and-dining establishments in Broward, choose from basic Americana or cuisines of Asia, Europe, or Central and South America, and enjoy more than just food in an atmosphere with subtropical twists. Foursquare, Yelp and TripAdvisor are some tried and true apps that will help you find the perfect place to eat.