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Traveling on the Cheap


Boo shows us how to get away from it all without spending it all.

Going on vacation? Flying has gotten more expensive. Driving has gotten more expensive. The weak U.S. dollar has made overseas travel more expensive.

With today's uncertain economic conditions, many people are choosing "Staycations," and staying closer to home.

The New York Times reports that the average vacationer's "target radius" has shrunk to about 300 miles-or about one tank of gas. The article also says more travelers are booking efficiency rooms with kitchens and eating in, and those who do eat out are skipping the extras, like wine and dessert.

Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners told The Dallas Morning News that the Staycationing trend has been good for business, with many campgrounds seeing an increase of 10-15% over last year.

However, not all agree that Staycations are the way to go. Syndicated columnist Arthur Frommer writes that Staycations are "shameful, second-rate substitute[s]" and describes them as "boring, enervating, and vapid."

Instead, Frommer recommends "reducing the category of the hotels you choose, dining in less pretentious restaurants and making use of public transportation to move about the cities on your trip."

Perhaps the best advice comes from a reader of The Seattle Times who wrote in as "Uncle Baggy". He recommends the "Bacation" which sounds relaxing and economical.

What exactly is a Bacation?

Sitting at home and eating bacon, what else?

For more on Staycations, check out Hoofy & Boo's always astute report.

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