10 Cheap Summer Vacations for Students

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10 Cheap Summer Vacations for Students

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam is high on most students' lists of places to visit, even though many parents cringe at the idea of letting their children loose in a city with such a salacious reputation. The good news is that money is one less thing you have to worry about. According to Hotwire.com, the average cost of round-trip airfare from the United States to the Netherlands has dropped 6 percent from this time in 2011.
Average Hotel Rate: $97 per night
When to Go This Summer: August
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Dallas-Fort Worth

Since cowboy boots are always in style, students can feel good rocking the local footwear at the Fort Worth Stockyards or at Billy Bob's honky-tonk. For those who don't have a pair, never fear. With airfare to Dallas-Fort Worth airport from other major U.S. airports averaging $277 round-trip (down 5 percent from summer 2011), affording some new shoes should be easy, even on the stingiest student budget.
Average Hotel Rate: $65 per night
When to Go This Summer: July
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam is high on most students' lists of places to visit, even though many parents cringe at the idea of letting their children loose in a city with such a salacious reputation. The good news is that money is one less thing you have to worry about. According to Hotwire.com, the average cost of round-trip airfare from the United States to the Netherlands has dropped 6 percent from this time in 2011.
Average Hotel Rate: $97 per night
When to Go This Summer: August
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Dallas-Fort Worth

Since cowboy boots are always in style, students can feel good rocking the local footwear at the Fort Worth Stockyards or at Billy Bob's honky-tonk. For those who don't have a pair, never fear. With airfare to Dallas-Fort Worth airport from other major U.S. airports averaging $277 round-trip (down 5 percent from summer 2011), affording some new shoes should be easy, even on the stingiest student budget.
Average Hotel Rate: $65 per night
When to Go This Summer: July
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San Juan

Puerto Rico is always toted as an affordable getaway, and students can find even more exceptional savings during the summer. Booking a room in Old San Juan should be an easy feat, and the location will put students within easy access of the beach and the city's historical sites. And according to Hotwire.com, round-trip flights from major U.S. airports will cost an average of $334, which is 14 percent lower than they were at this time last year.
Average Hotel Rate: $109 per night
When to Go This Summer: July
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Denver

Sure, the Mile High City has been known to act as a convenient stopover to Rockies explorers, but students looking for an exciting, budget-friendly summer vacation should give Denver its dues. From riding roller coasters at the Lakeside Amusement Park to catching a baseball game at Coors Field, this city boasts plenty of ways to satisfy younger travelers. And with round-trip domestic flights from many major U.S. cities averaging $270, Denver is just as pleasing to the wallet.
Average Hotel Rate: $52 per night
When to Go This Summer: June
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Florence

Florence has a high-brow reputation—being home to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery is worthy of cultural standing. But fans of MTV's Jersey Shore know that once the sun sets on this Tuscan city, finding a place to party is no trouble at all. And while it may cost a fair amount to get here (round-trip airfare from the United States costs $829, on average), hotel rates are low and a budget-friendly diet is easy to maintain. Pizza, anyone?
Average Hotel Rate: $74 per night
When to Go This Summer: August
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Charlotte

Lovely Charlotte, N.C., is often overlooked by students in search of the perfect summer getaway, but that shouldn't be the case. This Southern city boasts a wide variety of things to do, from rooting for the rip-roaring race cars at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to riding the roller coasters at Carowinds. Meanwhile, fans of the recent blockbuster The Hunger Games can spend their time visiting the locations that appear in the movie.
Average Hotel Rate: $67 per night
When to Go This Summer: June
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Paris

This is the city of love, lights, and exorbitant prices. Despite the fact that summer marks the peak tourist season in Paris, Hotwire insists that students can save big on a warm-weather trip this year. Round-trip airfare from the United States is high—averaging around $882—but there are ways to stick to a budget. The key here is to plan a trip around national holidays, like Bastille Day, when entry to major museums like the Louvre is free.
Average Hotel Rate: $147 per night
When to Go This Summer: July
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Albuquerque

If they can stand the heat, students will enjoy a summertime jaunt to Albuquerque. Temperatures in the 90s keep most crowds away, meaning younger travelers can revel in rampant deals, not to mention the city's spicy cuisine and hot nightlife. With round-trip flights from major U.S. airports costing an average of $320, students will have plenty left in their budget to spend on a fiery barbeque.
Average Hotel Rate: $79 per night
When to Go This Summer: August
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Dublin

Airfare to Dublin from the United States isn't cheap; Hotwire places the average round-trip price at $865. But since all eyes will be on London this summer, deals on hotels and attractions are sure to run wild. With their savings, students can kick back and relax with a Guinness in one of Dublin's many pubs on a warm summer evening. And what student wouldn't want to see how this hearty brew is made at the Guinness Storehouse?
Average Hotel Rate: $70 per night
When to Go This Summer: July
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Phoenix

Summer is the best time to nab deals in Phoenix because triple-digit temperatures drive away the city's usual high-end clientele. Hotwire prices round-trip domestic airfare at $274, on average, and the area's ritziest resorts offer impressive discounts. Plus, there are numerous ways to beat the heat: Finding a hotel with a pool isn't too difficult, and every Phoenix museum, restaurant, and bar keeps the air-conditioning on full blast.
Average Hotel Rate: $67 per night
When to Go This Summer: June
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