Tips to vacation on a budget

April 28, 2009 3:08:02 PM PDT
So you want to go on vacation, but the budget is a bit tighter this year? 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney looks at ways to do it affordably.

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When you book your flight you can determine how much you save. Good Housekeeping found that fares are actually lower online from 3 p.m. Monday to Wednesday nights. Airlines are known to lower their fares during these times and raise them on Thursdays. Flying mid-week also helps too.

"Book your trip from mid-week to mid-week. Say, leaving on a Wednesday and coming back on a Wednesday, you can save 20 percent on your airfare verses doing a Saturday to Saturday trip," said Janet Siroto with Good Housekeeping.

Budget motel chains like Days Inn, Motel 6 and Super 8 don't nickel-and-dime for services such as premium cable and morning coffee. Many offer free continental breakfast. Taking the train can save money too.

"You can save 15 percent or more by taking Amtrak's auto train where you, your family and your car actually travel together," said Siroto.

On the plus side, you avoid the long lines at the airport. But on the other side, it might take you a little longer to get to your destination.

If you're traveling with a large family, booking a suite is often cheaper than booking multiple rooms. Some even include kitchen, saving you even more money.

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