How to Have a 5-Star Vacation on a One-Star Budget

We know that vacations are good for our mental health and well-being, but in reality they can also be a big financial drain. When you factor in the cost of flights, airport transfers, accommodation, and experiences when you arrive at the destination, it can be easy to admit defeat and stay home.

If you're among the massive group of Americans who left a record-setting 658 million vacation days unused last year, here's how to make sure you don't make the same mistake in 2017. We've mapped five remarkably simple ways to book a champagne vacation on a boxed-wine budget. Travelers who make the most of the sharing eceonomy—ride sharing, house swaps, etc.—and think outside of the box when it comes to planning a trip save hundreds and are rewarded with a truly unique experience. 

Forget resorts, airplanes, and packaged tours. Follow these five travel tips for a five-star vacation on a one-star budget. 

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