Do We Have a Right to Vacation?

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Most weary workers looking for a break will simply jump online and luckily, there are some relatively cheap options. Go ahead and check out prices to Orlando and Anaheim - the Disney destinations - and I think you'll be pleased. Add to your list, Boston, Denver, greater Los Angeles, the Florida panhandle beaches and Washington, D.C. (See? You don't have to miss the Smithsonian).

These spots provide a healthy dose of value plus fun. Value, thanks to plenty of low-cost carrier competition at these cities, but sometimes you must look outside the traditional airport box.

Look for the Cheapest Airport (it may be closer than you think)

Instead of assuming you'll get the cheapest prices by flying to Los Angeles' sprawling LAX - normally a pretty good assumption - check out nearby competitors like Long Beach Airport. This small facility has one very big thing going for it: it's a hub for popular discounter JetBlue and prices reflect this. In fact, the entire LA area is blessed with a wealth of airports like Burbank's Bob Hope in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Ana's John Wayne in Orange County (and no, I don't know if California is developing a Brangelina International).

So go ahead and go someplace this summer, and I'll close with a continuation of the Mark Twain quote from above: "Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

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