Close your eyes and conjure up an image of your dream vacation destination. Are you picturing palm trees weighed down with ripening coconuts swaying gently in the wind? Brilliant blue ocean water rising up to meet a cloudless sky?
How about a nagging sense of anxiety that you can’t shake, regardless of the number of cocktails you toss back, because you know that your bank account balance is creeping closer and closer to zero every minute?
If the idea of an exotic beach getaway fills you with financial dread, you're not alone. Most Americans spend over $1,000 on their vacations, and around three quarters of U.S. citizens admit that they’ve gone into debt to pay for a trip.
The thing is, there’s no reason to go into the red just to pay for a vacation. There are actually plenty of budget-friendly beach destinations located in the states and abroad.
You just need to know where to look.