Vacations are important — and there’s no time like summer to get away. While many Americans are booking tickets, dreaming of the beach, and squirreling away a little extra for a holiday splurge, many are getting ready to buckle down, sans vacation.

According to study done by, 39 million Americans won’t be going on a summer vacation this year because they can’t afford it, with 44 percent of them citing day-to-day bills as the primary obstacle.

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The same survey found that for those planning summer vacations, the average expected expense is $1,979 — a hefty cost when there are bills to pay and paid time off is running low.

While an extended trip to Paris or a scuba excursion in Aruba aren’t likely, there are ways to prepare now so you’ll be vacation-ready when summer hits. Take a realistic approach to saving money over the next couple months, then forgo summer’s pricey airfare and be a tourist in your own state or do the legwork to secure a once-in-a-lifetime cheap fare.