The Summer Travel Bargain Spectacular : Blog Of The Nation Don't cancel those summer travel plans because cash is short... just travel on the cheap. We'll tell you how.
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The Summer Travel Bargain Spectacular

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Now that we are officially in unofficial summer territory, it's time to talk summer travel. And the theme this year (see the post earlier today on staycations) is: cheap! American Airlines wants $15 to check a bag... Yes, the first bag... And lots of airlines now charge $25 for additional baggage. Gas is well over $4 a gallon in some cities. And people are generally bummed about the economy. What's a frugal traveler to do? Don't cancel the trip, just look for ways to save... and for less expensive destinations.

One tip: Skip the fancy restaurants and try the street food. We'll talk with an editor from Concierge.com about their list of the best street food venders in the world (take special note of the precaution to bring a good appetite AND a bottle of Pepto, just case). And if airlines want to charge by the bag, you might want to pack lighter. The creator of onebag.com will give us tips on how to lessen your load. And since the best advice may just come from your fellow travelers, we'll talk with the editor of Budget Travel magazine about their recent issue... It was almost entirely created with submissions from its readers.

Where do you go for ideas on how to travel cheap? Want to share any?