Cheap Thrills Across The U.S.A.
We all have a dream vacation, but this year most of us are settling for an economic-reality vacation. NPR attempts to bridge the gap between the two by hunting down Cheap Thrills around the nation.
Interactive Map: Do you have ideas for how to have fun on your days off where you live, or in a place you've visited? Are there free or low-cost art museums, exhibits, theater outings, recreation opportunities, beaches, dining and lodging or other amusement options that you want to let your fellow Americans know about? Tell us here and we'll add some of your submissions to our map.
August 11, 2009 Cost of a Disney vacation makes you queasy? Why not opt instead for the nausea you get from the spinning rides at your neighborhood carnival? NPR's David Schaper found plenty to keep the kids happy at a local fair (and a beer tent for the grown-ups).
August 9, 2009 Would-be travelers bemoaning a weak economy as the reason to stay at home shouldn't be discouraged. Several travel experts have advice for travelers on a budget. One suggestion? Do research ahead on time on where you might want to eat.
August 9, 2009 Expensive vacations are simple. Plop your credit card down, worry about the cost later, and let the overpaid professionals take care of everything. But where's the challenge in that? Pulling off a cheap vacation is an art form, from careful research to intense haggling to the deal of a lifetime.