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					For immediate release: May, 2012

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                               SUMMER BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS

Soon school will be out, now what? If you haven’t planned a summer vacation, then now is the time
to start! Planning ahead could translate into big savings. As we all know, last minute travel can be
very expensive. Below are a few tips to plan your perfect trip without stretching out your wallet.

Do your homework: Search for travel deals on the internet. There are several search engines that
are great resources for discounted flights, hotels, and tours. Sign up with them to receive alerts and
begin receiving great travel offers. In addition, check out travel books at your local library where you
can find a wealth of information for free.

Statewide Travel: If staying in Florida, check discounts available to Florida residents. Several
amusement parks in the state offer discounted rates. If you are member of AAA, inquire about their
special rates.

Lodging: Another way to save money on hotel stays for your vacation is by staying farther out from a
city center or in a suburb near the town you’re visiting. You can also look into getting a suite with
rollaway beds instead of multiple rooms for the whole family to save you big money on your hotel
stay.

Meals: Dining costs can go way up when you’re on vacation because you’re eating out for every
meal. When you vacation on a budget, never leave food as something you’ll figure out as you walk
around—you almost always end up exceeding your budget. Book a hotel room that includes
breakfast and has a refrigerator. Find a local grocery store and purchase water, sodas, snacks, cold
cuts, bread and bag your lunch. You’ll save lots of money and instead of eating three meals out
during the day, opt for just one.

Entertainment & Activities: Once you have your travel, hotel, and food arranged all that’s left is to
plan what you’re going to do on those vacation days. Again, start putting a plan in place ahead of
time. Make sure to check prices, plan activities that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Indulge in free
options like visiting parks or beaches, or just take a walk through the town. Also check the local
papers to see if there are any free local events like art shows, festivals, and even concerts.

Library Museum Pass Program: If your purse strings don’t allow for travel on planes or trains, there
are plenty of free activities here in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Public Library System
offers patrons FREE admission for a family of four to the Deering Estate at Cutler, Fairchild Tropical
Botanic Garden, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum,
Miami Science Museum and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Just visit your nearest branch library,
see staff for availability and use your library card to check out a museum pass.
How the pass works:

      Pass is good for up to a family of four.
      Pass is good for one visit.
      Pass is not renewable or available for reserve.
      Pass is valid for seven days from the time of check out.
      Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
      Pass will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
      Only one pass may be checked out at a time.

*For Deering Estate passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 4-14.
*For and Fruit & Spice Park passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 6-11.

Museums may apply restrictions including blackout dates or separate admission to special
event/exhibits.
If you are ready for a summer vacation, then there is no time like the present to plan ahead.
Whatever destination you decide on, just remember one very important thing, be safe.
For more consumer tips, or to check the complaint history of a company, file a complaint or ask
consumer-related questions, visit the Business Affairs and Consumer Protection website at
www.miamidade.gov/csd or call (305) 375-3677.

				
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