Summer is a great time to travel. Not only are most kids out of school, you don’t have to worry as much about bad weather getting in the way of your carefully laid plans. Smart travelers know to follow their favorite airlines, hotel chains and vacation spots on Facebook and Twitter, where spur-of-the-moment deals may be announced. But last-minute booking can be risky. It pays to be the early bird and catch some discounts by booking sooner rather than later. If you haven’t planned that summer vacation yet, get to it. We have five tips that can help you make the most of your travel budget on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.