With gas prices going up, are you going to stay home this summer instead of taking a much-needed family vacation? If you are planning to chuck it all and go anyway, here are some money-saving tips.

1. Some hotels are offering gas rebate. Hotels.com, for instance is offering a $30 rebate if you book through their site by July 2, for a summer stay.

2. Sign up for email newsletters and notifications from such places as Expedia- which offers as much as a 30% discount on hotels, cars, and cruises to more than 220 destinations for trips booked before June 30.

Other sites to sign up for include lastminute.com, travelzoo.com, kayak.com and farecast.com. You can usually sign up with these sites to notify you when good prices come up for trips you're interested in.

3. Arrive early, stay late and cut one day off your vacation to save money.

4. Set a souvineer budget and stick with it. Don't buy at airports or hotel gift shops. Look for local shops and markets off the beaten tourist path.

5. If your car is a gas guzzler, rent a more economic car. It will also save wear and tear on your car, your tires, etc, which cost money to in upkeep.

6. Instead of eating in restaurants, find a supermarket and pack a picnic. If you're driving, take snacks, fruits, bread and peanut butter along so you avoid high priced convenience stores when the kids are hungry on the road.

7. Look for coupons. Check the Internet, buy an entertainment book of coupons, check convenience store checkout stands for travel info. Use your credit card points toward hotels or rental cars. Find out which attractions are lowering their costs, such as 6 Flags.

8. Purchase refillable water bottles to take along, then buy gallon jugs of drinking water to fill them up. This will save you from paying $4 or more for a bottle of water at a theme park.

9. Take advantage of anything that's free! Use the hotel pool and find free parks and play areas for the kids. Go to the beach or go hiking in the park. There's lots to do besides go to expensive theme parks.

Do you have any hints for cutting summer travel costs?





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Jun. 2, 2008 at 5:03 PM That's a good one about taking along your own snacks instead of buying in convenience stores...they charge almost twice as much!  

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 7:16 PM great ideas!!!

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Jun. 11, 2008 at 8:37 AM Great ideas! We have an RV that we parked at our favorite campground...it's close enough that we can visit there often.  A home away from home.

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