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Many people are looking at ways to cut down costs in their lives as gas prices continue to rise and discretionary budgets continue to dwindle. You may think that vacations have become a luxury that you just can’t justify anymore in this economy. However, there are lots of low-cost vacation possibilities – both for the person who enjoys putting thought into the vacation planning process and for those that feel a true vacation should be free of worry and street.
If you’re willing to put a little work into planning a piecemeal vacation, you can create a customized vacation perfect for just you, you and a loved one or even the entire family by focusing on attractions and fun things to do in your own backyard. Forget the high price of travel and accommodations by staying in your own house and only visiting places that are within a reasonable driving distance. Explore your city or state the way a tourist would and discover all the wonderful attractions, restaurants and natural areas of beauty that you were always too busy to notice before. Even if you’re paying for admission prices at various parks or paying for food at area diners, you’ll still be saving money by staying local. Take advantage and make sure to enjoy the sunsets wherever you are.
If you’d perfer to have a vacation where someone else does all the planning, consider a cruise. Cruises can be both romantic getaways and fun for the whole family, depending on the place you’re going to and what types of activities are available on the water. Many cruises are all-inclusive, so you won’t have to sweat the small stuff.