Breaking the bank doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with out of town vacationing. Believe it or not, you can keep on inspiring your kids with out-of-this-world experiences while keeping your budget spreadsheet happy. See more for less with these wallet-friendly travel tips from our friends at

When and How to Book Airfares

Airfares may be up, but there are still airfare wars. The best ones, says George Hobica, founder of the travel alert website, go unadvertised. “These are not last-minute bargains,” Hobica says, “but they are short-sale bargains.” For example: In late March, JetBlue announced a round-trip fare of $97 between Boston and Houston, including tax. The next day (in response, Hobica says), United slashed its fares out of Boston, offering $60 each way to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., or New Orleans. All cheap seats were gone in a blink. How to find these? Subscribe to airfare alert services or the airlines, themselves. Also, follow the breaking fare news on Twitter.

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