Memorial Day vacations on a budget, plan last-minute

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by KARIN CAIFA / Consumer Watch

wwltv.com

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM

If you're looking to make a last-minute Memorial Day trip, whether you're looking to hit the road or take to the skies, there are still ways to enjoy the long weekend without breaking the bank. 

An Orbitz survey of Memorial Day travel destinations put Las Vegas in the top spot. As temperatures go up, their hotel rates tend to go down.

Family-friendly Orlando took second, with average hotel rates coming in under $100.

To save even more, look for travel packages.

What lots of consumers don't know is that hotels and airlines will discount as part of a package, and you may not get that same rate if you book that hotel stand-alone.

If jet-setting isn't an option, AAA showed lower gas prices this Memorial Day weekend than last year. Money-saving tips for the drive can go beyond the pump.

One great way that you can save money out on the roadways is your driving behavior. You want to slow down. Driving the speed limit will actually increase your fuel efficiency.

Military families should keep in mind that the National Park Service is offering free passes to all active duty members and dependents, good for free admission to almost 400 parks.

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