Five Ways to a Cheap Last-Minute Vacation

Procrastinator? No matter. You can pull off a fun and memorable getaway on a moment's notice — without breaking the bank.

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Still no plans for a getaway? A last-minute vacation might be just the thing and it's not too late to make your escape. But doesn't traveling at the last minute mean paying through the nose? Not so, if you choose the right vacation spot and know where to find 11th-hour bargains. 

Here are five tips to help you plan a budget-friendly adventure on the fly — and make the most of the rest of the year. One note: if you're desperate to take an international trip, just make sure your passport is up-to-date and, if your dream is on the other side of the Atlantic, that you have what you need to travel to Europe ready to go. 

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Vaishali Varu

Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University, UK. She has worked for her local news outlet, the Leicester Mercury as well as writing personal finance stories for digital publications, The Money Edit, MoneyWeek and GoodToKnow. When she is not writing about money-saving, deals, finance hacks and other personal finance topics, Vaishali likes to travel and she's a foodie.

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