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Friday, July 29, 2011

How to save on your next vacation

Want to live longer?

Take a vacation.

The long-running Framingham Heart Study found that women who rarely took vacations were more likely to have a heart attack than those who vacationed at least twice a year, according to the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.

In another study, middle-aged men at increased risk for heart disease had a reduced risk of death associated with the frequency of annual vacations.

If you're looking to get away and save money at the same time, there are bargains to be had. AARP has compiled a list of 11 ways to cut expenses while traveling. Here are some of the ways you can save: 

Wait for a weekday. Avoid buying airline tickets on a weekend -- prices are often highest then. The best day is usually Tuesday, because many sales are launched Monday night and competitors typically scramble to match them by the next morning.

Stand -- and save. Many cafes and restaurants in Europe give you a choice of sitting at a table or standing at a counter. The food's the same, but you'll pay double for chairs and waiter service.

Take photos. Avoid rental car damage charges by documenting your vehicle's condition before and after you drive it, just in case the rental company blames you for somebody else's dent.

Just say no. Save by not picking up your rental at the airport, where special fees might add on as much as 10 percent. Go into town by shared shuttle or public transit.

How do you save money on trips? Tell us here!

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