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by SixFigureStart | July 09, 2009


Ah, summer. A time of travel, fun — and trying to cut down on staycations. If you’re getting away this summer, or even thinking about it, The Simple Dollar has these rules for keeping costs down. The list was written for businesses, but it seems useful for anyone heading out on the road:

Plan around public transportation.  Before you leave, figure out how to get to your hotel using public transportation in the city, print out the route, and keep it with you.  Do the reverse for the return trip as well.

Make lodging reservations directly with the branch you’re staying at.  Use web sites to identify places to stay, but before reserving a room, call the hotel directly before using the online reservation system and don’t hesitate to ask for a reduced rate while on the phone.  You’re likely to get a much better rate, particularly if it’s out of season, during the week, or you’re staying for a longer period.

Don’t spend a dime in the airport.  Throw a few granola bars and an empty bottle into your carry-on bag.  Once you’re through security, fill up that bottle with water.  Granola bars provide a great energy boost and water is the most effective way to keep yourself hydrated and alert.  Plus, the cost is minimal – unlike the tons of overpriced items in the airport. [Read More....]

--Posted by Laura Rich,

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