What You Need to Know About Summer Travel

Whether you fly or drive, it's going to cost more to get there. But you can save on lodging, food and entertainment.

1. Take a bite of the Big Apple. "People know about beach-house rentals. But renting a place in the city can also pay off," says Alexis de Belloy, of HomeAway.com. You can cook meals at home and use on-site laundry facilities -- which means you can downsize your luggage and side-step baggage fees. HomeAway recently listed a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment, which sleeps six, in midtown Manhattan for $275 per night in mid July; the minimum stay is four nights.

2. Rent a cabin in the woods. Accommodations at national and state parks can run the gamut from luxurious lodges, such as the Ahwahnee in Yosemite ($590 for a weeknight in mid July), to cozy cabins in the woods. Recently, a cabin that sleeps six in Letchworth State Park, in upstate New York, went for $344 per week (the minimum stay during the summer).

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Former Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance