9 Tips for Planning an Affordable Holiday Vacation

 With Facebook and Instagram accounts filled with pictures of exotic locations, plates of colorful, Michelin star-looking food, and technicolor sunsets in faraway lands, it’s easy to imagine that all of your friends are living la dolce vita, their vacations like an extended episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

If you’re traveling with your family, squishing into a hotel room to save money isn’t the only way to have a cheaper vacation. Why settle for a hotel room when you can get a house to stay in and save money? Sites such as HomeExchange.com allow you to search for houses up for barter and offer your own in exchange. You get the bonus option of being able to cook your own meals in the house’s kitchen instead of having to eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.