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How to Protect Your Budget From Summer Travel Chaos

Taking a vacation will be expensive this summer, but if you’re planning a last-minute trip there are tips for keeping costs down.

Travelers wait to check in for their flights at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on July 1.

Travelers wait to check in for their flights at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on July 1.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

It’s a tough time to travel.

So far, it’s been a summer of chaos as flight cancellations multiply and airports are too short-staffed to deal with the mayhem. The price of plane tickets and hotels have surged. Roads trips are expensive too, as the war in Ukraine continues to pressure fuel prices and rental cars remain in high demand.

While many people have their trips booked, and don’t have much choice but to cross their fingers and hope for a restful vacation, those considering last-minute plans can take steps to protect their budgets.