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Ditch the budget blues with these travel ideas

The economy seems poised to pick up. Whether or not you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you still may be in budget mode. While there's nothing wrong with keeping a rein on expenditures, it doesn't mean you have to avoid travel. There are exciting and inexpensive destinations in North America, and some available off shore. Here are some affordable travel ideas to make 2014 the year you get your vacation back. 
Think outside of the box Places like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin may not be the first destinations that come to mind when you're planning a vacation, but maybe they should be. Pretty much everything on the list of things to do is reasonably priced, as are the accommodations, thanks to national-chain hotels available. A little further west, family friendly accommodations in Wisconsin offer package deals and even thick books of coupons to save money (we're talking in the thousands) on every aspect of your vacation including lodging, dining, attractions and even shopping
Camp North America offers breathtaking camping from sea to shining sea. In the Adirondacks you can rent a cabin, pitch a tent or bring along your travel trailer. No matter where you sleep, you'll do it surrounded by gorgeous wilderness. Go canoeing through the St. Regis Area, hit High Peaks for a hike or visit picturesque Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Out west, Yellowstone National Park has just as many opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing and camping, in addition to fascinating wildlife, bubbling mud pots and breathtaking geysers.
Glamp You will be happy to know you can visit a tropical resort on a shoestring budget. Well, almost. The biggest expense you'll have is the cost of your flight. Once you reach Thailand, though, the accommodations at the laid-back Cactus Bungalow resort go for a mere $42/night. Food is ridiculously affordable, too. reports beach front vendors dish traditional Thai delicacies such as pad thai for under $1.


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