Of course, VIA readers show their AAA cards for discounts, but that’s not the only way to take the cha-ching out of travel.
"Camp!" says Becky Shenton of Fremont, Calif. "You’ll have more money for activities."
"Want to try a fancy restaurant?" asks Karola Craib of Berkeley, Calif. "Dine at lunch when menu prices are lower."
"Check the local newspaper for free events," suggests Lisa Murray of Great Falls, Mont.
"I eat breakfast at mom-and-pop cafés, enjoy picnic lunches at parks, and split entrées at dinner," writes Nancy Rubin of Kensington, Calif.
"Go in the off-season," advises Debra Grabowski of Coquille, Ore. "You’ll often pay a lot less before Memorial Day."
Illustration by Michael Klein 
This article was first published in March 2007. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.