Now that it is June, it's the official start of Summer!

So that means sundresses, sandals, frequenting the bach and vacation plans. But with making a major move this summer, traveling back and forth between different places and starting on college applications- I need easy summer plans on a budget. From free to almost free, keep scrolling to check out my ideas for fun summer plans that are budget friendly!

1. Do Something Local

I feel like there is always something new to do where I live, you just have to look around and find it. A few of my favorite things to do is going to the flea market, exploring new cafes and restaurants, looking at the new art exhibits and finding new spots to do a fun photoshoot. Make sure to check out my Raleigh, NC travel guide where I share all of my favorite spots and how to visit like a local. 

2. Road Trips 

Road trips are SO much fun. Even if you're just going a couple of hours away, it's nice to get out of town on the weekends and it's a lot cheaper than a flight! Road trips with friends are a great bonding experience, and you'll make memories that will last a lifetime! Living in North Carolina, the beach is about a 2-3 hour drive away and the mountains are about a 4 hour drive away so there is so much to do and so many fun places you can explore. 

3. Beach/ Pool Day

A beach day or a pool day is the best way to take advantage of a gorgeous sunny day. It is a great way to relax and unwind. Of course, don't forget to bring your sunnies and your sunscreen. I listed some of my favorites down below. 

4. Dinner Party

Potluck style dinner parties are always super fun and affordable. Just ask everyone to bring a side dish or a their beverage of choice for a fun night in. All it takes is a little organization and planning. Be sure to have a Polaroid on hand to capture the memories! Everyone loves a good instant photo! 

5. Vacation On A Budget

It is as simple as saving $5-$20 bucks here and there over a few months that really adds up. If you do that, there are so many places you can go and still on a budget. For the past year, i have been pulling a little something out of each paycheck and putting it a side where I can't touch it so next summer I can go on a fun senior trip after graduating from High School. For me, it has been cutting out buying my usual $5 iced coffee with almond milk every day. $5 x 7 Days a week + $35. $35 x 52 weeks = $1,820! That is a price of a plane ticket to somewhere fun and some fun activities along the way.

Do you guys have any ideas for doing summer on a budget? Let me know below!

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