Getting more vacation for less money
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No money in your budget for a vacation this year? Think again.

“If people take the time to do a little research, they can get so much more from that vacation,” said Jiffy Johnson, a veteran traveler, financial counselor and retired radio personality in Springfield, Ill.

“I’ve been traveling since 1950 by just about every method out there — by car, bus, train, plane, boat, foot, camel, donkey and bicycle. I’ve traveled to four continents and have been everywhere from vodka plants in Russia to backpacking in West Virginia,” said Johnson.

She warns against paying for services and goods you won’t use.

“If you can’t tell the difference between a $ 300 bottle of wine and a $ 20 bottle of wine, why pay to go to a place with a $ 300 bottle?” she said.

Likewise, why pay for a hotel with a pool, or an outer cabin on a cruise, or a travel package with entertainment, if you don’t plan on taking advantage of those extras?

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The flu. There’s just nothing that prepares you for a sick kid on vacation. Yes, I had the Infant’s Motrin, the Orajel for incoming teeth, Band-Aids and Neosporin. But when someone catches a cold, ear infection, the flu or worse, no planning or packing could have saved me.

On our recent vacation, our 1-year-old caught the flu on our last day in the California sun. Doing our best, we kept him hydrated and slowly fed him crackers, like he was a sick little bird. When it came time to fly home, there was a glimmer of hope that while all he wanted to do was sleep, we were clear to suffer though a fussy flight and get home.

Unfortunately, our connecting flight in Dallas was canceled due to weather. I felt slightly relieved about not having to soothe a crying baby through another flight, but that was short-lived. That night, our 4-year-old got sick as well. After hive breakouts, fevers and staying up all night, we knew we couldn’t fly. So, we drove.

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