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7 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

It’s time to start thinking about those epic summer vacation plans, people. Sure, it’s high season and hotels plus flight costs are sky high, but trust us when we say there are ways to save a pretty penny on travel this year. Need some guidance on how to keep those dollars from flying out of your wallet? We’ve got 7 tips on how to save you dough while you’re seeing the sights and taking in the R&R.

1. Follow the exchange rate: Be strategic and book a vacation to a country where the dollar is strong, like the EU. Our currency is currently stronger than it has been in a long, long time. In fact, it’s enjoying its fastest rise in 40 years. The Euro, for one, is 18% cheaper than it was in the first quarter of 2014, making most European countries an actual reality for US travelers for the first time in years. If you want the complete list of uber-exchange-rate-friendly spots, check out these 5 Vacations Spots That Offer the Biggest Bang for Your Buck.

2. Workation: If you’re flexible with plans, try working while on vacation for cheap to nearly free accommodations. It’s a great way to meet people and save a pretty penny. Work on organic farms and get free lodging via Worldwide Organization for Organic Farms or volunteer with non-profit organizations like Quetzaltrekkers or GoEco. If you live the freelance life, you can use a service like Caravanserai to help you find lodging for longer-term stays abroad.

3. Pick the cheapest times to travel: Cheap flight prices are available the first week of June and after mid-August. When it comes to scheduling, try mid-week flights. You can save almost $40 on average by flying Tuesday or Wednesday. Get the full details here.

4. Stay up to date on the latest deals: Keep your pulse on the latest deals. Use apps like Google Flights, Skiplagged or Hopper to save up to as much as 40% on flights. There is a lot you can do to score those cheap-y flights. In fact, we’ve sniffed out 15 Ways to Land Cheap Plane Tickets, and we’ll happily share the inside scoop with you.

5. Stay in a private room of a hostel: You can get all the same amenities of a hotel in a hostel. If you’re traveling with a group, you can opt for a private room. And many hostels even have private bathrooms attached.

6. Try package deals: While it requires a bit of research, looking for package deals may help you save on rental cars, flights and accommodations. Costco Travel, for one, has great deals.

7. Go minimal: Bring one carry-on bag to save on fees (learn how with these 7 Essential Packing Tips for Traveling With Just a Carry-On), do hikes and nature walks instead of art galleries and museums. Cook at your hostel to save money on food, or grab a sandwich from a local grocery store. The little things add up.

Have any other tips on how to save on travel? Let us know in the comments below!

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)