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


The trick here is to plan in advance. Go online to find coupons and special deals, either from sites like Groupon, or from the attractions themselves, or from the local newspaper, which might feature deals on its site. Also, if you’re a member of any organization, be prepared to pull out that card. On a recent trip to San Diego, we scored 15 percent off our ticket price for that city’s famous zoo by using our AAA card.

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— Constance Summer

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