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Vacation on a shoestring

Travel without breaking the bank.

Taking a vacation is a great way to maintain balance in your busy life. We all need a little break from the daily tasks, and if you do a little research, you can uncover great getaway deals that won't blow your savings. Here are some tips to get you started:

How to get there.

Compare all your travel options to find the most economic way to travel - whether it's by air, land or sea. If your schedule is flexible, try flying midweek or include a connection. And, if you can take your time getting there and like the scenic route, opt for a train or bus. If you're looking for a "layaway" option a cruise might be right - some cruise lines allow you to pay an initial deposit and the remainder closer to your departure.

Where to stay.

If you have easy access to transportation, consider staying just outside the city of your choice. You'd be surprised how much you can save per night by staying a hop, skip and a jump from major attractions. If you have friends or family that you'd like to vacation with consider splitting a house, condo or hotel suite.

Getting around.

Instead of renting a car, use public transportation where you can. Also check with your hotel concierge before booking a room to see if they offer complimentary shuttle services for the airport and other attractions.

Finding fun.

Plan ahead and visit the Travel and Tourism sites for U.S. States and Territories1 Each state has a tourism site available that includes free travel guides, tips on how to save money, where there are free or low cost activities available, and much more!

For more ways to spend time away from home without breaking the bank, read our Enjoy a SAVE-cation2 article that includes money saving tips.

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Perez, Maria. Vacation on a Budget. N.p. unknown. N.d. May 2013.

1Travel and Tourism Sites for U.S. States and Territories. N.p. unknown. N.d. May 2013.

2Enjoy a SAVE-cation. N.p. unknown. N.d. May 2013

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