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Learn to be flexible and save a lot of dough on your vacation this year

June is finally here and the summer has officially begun. And since the lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived, most people are beginning to think about what they'd like to do with their vacation time. 

But in this budget-conscious time, people this year will be planning less exotic and less expensive getaways. But there are many ways to have a vacation you can enjoy without spending a lot of money. 

One of the most popular ways to save money and get some valuable time off is a "staycation" – just stay home. See some local attractions, eat at local restaurants and just enjoy being lazy at home. Turn off the cell phones, TV and computers, and just enjoy your own backyard.

If you are close to another family, consider splitting a vacation. For half the cost, you could rent a large vacation home big enough for both families. This is a good alternative for family reunions also. Reduce travel costs as well by sharing the cost of renting a large van. 

If there is a particular place you wish to visit, but you don't want to blow your whole budget on lodging, consider some alternatives. Why not go camping? You can camp out at night at reputable campgrounds, complete with showers and pool, and see the sights in the area. 

Another alternative for housing is local college dorms. Since students are gone for the summer, many will rent out dorm rooms as a way to recoup the cost of maintenance. In addition, there are hostels and YMCAs that rent rooms. 

Last of all, you can search for deals. Sign up online for airline newsletters, follow the Twitter accounts of travel guides, and search online for specials. If you can leave at the last minute, and don't have a specific place in mind you want to go you can be flexible and wait for that deal of a lifetime to come along. 

Published Jun 02 2011, 11:05 AM by moneycoach
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