Planning is the key to keeping vacations economical

Planning is the key to keeping vacations economical
Hit the Road
E’Louise Ondash
July 18, 2008
OK, here’s the thing: The economy is not so tip-top, the state of California needs money, you don’t have a lot and the cost of fuel is — well, downright painful.

So what to do about a summer vacation?

Don’t cancel; do go with a plan.

First: Stay in California. You’ll support our economy and those pesky taxes will at least go into our coffers.

Second: Buddy-up. Share the cost of gas and a car.

Third: Do deals.

…“Vacation Stimulus” package at Pacific Palms Resort. Sits on a hilltop against the San Gabriel Mountains 25 minutes outside Los Angeles Pacific near Highway 60. $139. Includes one night deluxe room; breakfast for two (room service or Cima Restaurant); free golf clinic, parking and wireless Internet. Eligible for generous discounts on golf (four-star course) and spa. Through Sept. 1. www.pacificpalmsresort.com or (626) 810-4455.
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