Archive for April, 2011

With the calendar creeping into May, many of us are in full-on summer vacation planning mode. In previous years, cheap Orlando hotels lured us to Disney World, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios, but a cheap Florida vacation doesn’t have to involve one more trip to see Belle and Jasmine.

Call it the Tampa secret.

Just an hour from Orlando off I-4, Tampa is equal parts familiar and unexpected, pretty and gritty. Pass the bank of strip malls and strip clubs – yes, there’s no glossing over it – to find neighborhoods dotted by Spanish-style bungalows, sprawling homes on Bayshore Boulevard and fairly recently, the mega mansion built by one very famous New York Yankee.

By Susan Johnston For many of us, going on a last-minute trip is about as easy as solving the budget deficit. But for the spontaneous types out there, here’s a reason to plan a cheap Hawaiian vacation. Next week is the 138th Banyan Tree Birthday Party, which is scheduled for April 23rd and 24th in [read more…]

There are plenty of things to see and do in Baltimore, and about as many places to stay while you’re at it — Baltimore hotels aren’t exactly what anyone would call few and far between — but there are perhaps no sites as historically significant as Battle Monument, a 39-foot marble statue that stands in remembrance of the Battle of Baltimore. If you’re not up on your history, this was one of the deciding battles in the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write a little poem called “The Star-Spangled Banner” which would eventually become the national anthem.

If you’re in the market for an out of town vacation and you’re entertaining ideas for an alternative to the typical Caribbean or Yucatan Peninsula destination, maybe it’s time you turned your sights 180 degrees and took a look at what our friendly neighbors up north in Toronto have to offer. Sure, Canada doesn’t exactly experience tropical weather — but you said you wanted an interesting change, so here it is. What’s even better, you can find cheap Toronto hotels that give the discounted rates you’re used to scoring south of the border a run for their money.

If you’re in bad need of a vacation but don’t have all the money in the world to spend — who does? — you can still land some pretty sweet Mexico deals that are so low cost you just might pull a double-take. You simply have to know where to look and how to do it. Although there are no real secrets to finding cheap Mexico vacations, there are some common sense tactics that a lot of people overlook.

Few people hear the name Hilton and think “cheap,” but the fact is, the Atlantic City Hilton is one of the highest-rated cheap Atlantic City hotels on the boardwalk. By day, the hotel stands like a pristine megalith with a black glass window façade. By night, its well-lit exterior shines like a beacon that wouldn’t look out of place if you were to transplant it to the heart of downtown Las Vegas. All glamorous outward appearances aside, it’s what’s inside the AC Hilton that really sets it apart.

By Maria Mora For its value prices and theme park appeal, Orlando will always be on the family’s radar as a spring break destination, but a tight budget shouldn’t be a sentence to cramped quarters or zero amenities. Follow these tips for cheap Orlando vacations that incorporate both space and amusement.