Traveling on the Cheap

Enjoying the Summer Season without Breaking the Bank

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Mt. Siyeh at Glacier National Park in Montana.

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A hiker on the South Kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon.

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You didn't get the raise you expected. The house needs new gutters. You underpaid your taxes and you need a vacation. Even if you're not feeling quite this desperate, a cheap trip is still appealing.

According to the Travel Industry Association of America, more than 330 million people are expected to hit the road by August. But, with gas prices on the rise and higher inflation nationwide, consumers wonder if they can take a vacation without breaking the bank.

NPR's Neal Conan and his guests consider the best ways to travel on a budget this summer.


Pauline Frommer, executive editor of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online

Andrew Wood, author of Motel America: A State-by-State Tour Guide to Nostalgic Stopovers and assistant professor of communication studies at San Jose State University

Chris Epting, author of Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here



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