Stretching your travel dollars

Stretching your travel dollars

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Have you put your holiday on ice in the face of a fitful economy? You may not need to, thanks to hot bargains. >> Read more
There are more choices -- and more discounts -- out there than you realize.
Even if you can't take your dream trip abroad, there are alternatives that offer foreign flair right here on U.S. soil. Photos
U.S. currency is making a comeback when it comes to Canada, cruising and the Caribbean. Photos
Tips from readers: The Times Travel section asked readers to share their tips on saving money while still enjoying vacation.
Affordable family getaways: Take the road to adventure via trips and deals for nearby hotels, destinations abroad and ocean cruises. Photos
If you're willing to be flexible and spontaneous, you and your perfect match can find hotel bargains -- and scenery -- to love.
Elderhostel, volunteering and cruises are among the options that won't break the bank for single travelers.


More budget travel tips:

August 2, 2009

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Travel on the cheap

Until recently, frugality just wasn't something you bragged about. But with the economic meltdown, Americans are searching for ways to travel without blowing their budgets.

July 19, 2009

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A bad economy adds up to good vacation deals

Talk about fireworks. In a burst of post-Fourth of July sales, Southwest Airlines turned the clock back with 1990s fares, a major hotel group extended a free-nights deal and luxury cruise lines pitched high prices overboard.

When a layoff cancels a trip

April 12, 2009

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When a layoff cancels a trip

You pay thousands in deposits for a trip and then get laid off. Now what? If your travel insurer, cruise or airline company offers a so-called job-loss guarantee, you might get your money back. Or not, depending on the policy.

March 29, 2009

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Olympic deals for Vancouver, Canada? Not yet

The world economy may be schussing down the fall line, but you would never know it from the price tags on lodging-and-ticket packages for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, which start at more than $3,000 for two nights.

March 15, 2009

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Costs drop for 'repositioning' cruises

As a former resident of England and Northern Ireland, I've flown across the Atlantic too many times to remember, but I'm not boasting. No, I've spent too much time inside a too-dry, too-noisy and too-confining tube as I traveled back and forth across the pond.

March 1, 2009

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Bargains for spring break

If you'd like to get away for spring break and haven't yet booked your trip, don't panic. Thanks to the travel downturn, you may pay no more than students who booked months ago. You may even pay less.

February 15, 2009

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All-inclusive vacation? Not always

Here's a siren song for the stressed-out traveler: "all-inclusive vacation." Pay all your costs upfront, this seductive sea nymph croons, and whip out your wallet no more.

January 18, 2009

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As rates rise, pare cost of car rental

Fasten your seat belt. Car rental rates have hit overdrive. Even an econo-box can command $35 or more a day in the U.S., plus taxes and fees.

January 4, 2009

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Strategies to stretch your travel dollars in '09

The economic tailspin ensures that 2009 will be a travel year like no other. We're already seeing hefty discounts, but beyond that, who knows?

December 7, 2008

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When to call a travel agent

Even though I'm a travel writer, I sometimes use a travel agent. His savvy advice and careful research save me time and money. Like any professional, he charges fees.

November 23, 2008

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Vacationing -- on the installment plan

Longing for a vacation but can't quite afford it? Get ready for layaway -- and some tough questions to go along with it.

October 12, 2008

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Keeping your laptop safe on your travels

Travelers lugging laptop computers worry about losing them, with good reason. The hardware is worth hundreds or thousands, and lost or stolen data could be priceless.

September 28, 2008

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Hostels get an upgrade

Ah, Prague, where the living is cheap and the beer is even cheaper.

September 14, 2008

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Trip protection in tough times

June 29, 2008

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When airlines charge for luggage, weigh your options

First there was no free lunch -- or dinner. Then it cost extra to book an air ticket by phone. Now you can't even check your luggage for free.

June 22, 2008

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Rising fuel costs drilling into traveler's wallets

WITH gas prices approaching $5 a gallon, the open road looks less inviting than ever. But even vacationers who fly, cruise or take transit will find it tough to escape the tsunami of high oil prices surging through the travel industry.

June 8, 2008

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A bet on summer hotel discounts in Las Vegas

Summer in Las Vegas means triple-digit temperatures and torrid travel deals. And this year, the discounts may sizzle.

March 30, 2008

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A $10,000 lesson in airline policies and missed connections

This is a story about two retirees who bought $753 round-trip tickets to Europe and wound up paying nearly $10,000.

March 9, 2008

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Five keys to saving on flights to Europe

More flights, lower fares.

February 3, 2008

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Tips for stretching dollars on your travels

What's the catch to using debit and credit cards in foreign countries?

December 2, 2007

WORLD TRAVEL

Countries where dollars go the distance

Longing for an out-of-country excursion but feeling a little poor because you have only dollars in your pocket? Relax. Even with the fast-eroding value of the dollar against other currencies, you still can find international destinations where your buck goes a long way.

November 11, 2007

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Travel insurance policies? Be sure to read fine print

Here's a topic that inspires fear, loathing -- and boredom.

October 7, 2007

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Some airlines steering clear of cash, opting for credit cards instead

Fliers, get ready for the cashless cabin, where you need a credit or debit card to buy food, drinks, headsets and anything else onboard. No currency needed -- or wanted.

September 16, 2007

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America travelers best off avoiding the euro

Before 21-year-old Neel Bhuta spent a semester abroad last year, the New York University economics and history major carefully studied the cost of a beer abroad.

August 19, 2007

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Kitchens at New York’s Hotel Milburn save guests money

New York City makes everyone's Top 10 list of the most expensive cities in the U.S. to visit. Our problem was compounded by the fact that we are a family of four: Where could we find a hotel room in the Big Apple that not only fit our budget of less than $200 a night but also fit us?

July 29, 2007

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Many travel discounts still exist for senior citizens

The sun has set on fare discounts for hundreds of thousands of senior fliers. Blame airline cutbacks.

May 20, 2007

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