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Two Free Days of
By T. Foster Jones
AS WE WATCH our budgets and count our
pennies more than ever these days, a vacation
may seem like an unaffordable luxury.
I’d like to put forth the idea that times like
these make a vacation even more important
and necessary. And while we may have to
tweak our concept of what constitutes a vacation to accommodate our pocketbooks, that
doesn’t mean giving up on new, fun and exciting experiences. Exotic isn’t just something
that exists on other shores. There is more
going on in our own backyard than many of
Here are some U.S. options to consider
when making your vacation plans.
Home-port cruises. There exist dozens
of cruises from ports of call that are popular
and convenient, such as Baltimore, Boston,
Charleston, Galveston, Miami, Mobile, New
Orleans, Norfolk, San Diego and Seattle, to
name just a few. If you live near a cruise port
you can sail away without the additional
expense of airfare.
Houseboat rentals. Nowadays, houseboats offer practically every amenity you
could want, on some of the most popular and
scenic lakes in the United States. Houseboating
is a fantastic way to unwind with family or
friends while enjoying nature at its most magnificent. Regular houseboaters claim there’s
no better summer experience.
Road trips. For great savings when you
drive and when you arrive, you can’t go wrong
with a good old-fashioned road trip. To save
wear on your own car, choose a rental car
(what’s your pleasure—an economical compact, a functional minivan or a racy convertible?) and hit the road. Plan your route or
destination around hotels that offer incentives or special rates.
Hawaii. Hawaii offers the very best of
both worlds: a tropical South Seas experience
with all the American comforts of home. And
this year, Hawaii is more affordable than ever,
with great deals on airfare and hotels.
Alaska. Not only is Alaska just plain big,
it’s also a terrific deal for summer travel. Great
ways to experience the rugged grandeur of
the 49th state include a cruise, a cruise tour or
a sport-fishing package.
Disneyland® Resort. For everyone from
neighborhood kids to professional athletes,
Disneyland is the iconic symbol of the great
American vacation. If you haven’t visited the
park in years, you’ll want to revisit the classic
attractions. If you’ve been recently, you know
that the thrills, sights and sounds just keep
getting better and better.
Florida theme-park vacations. Orlando
offers fun and value for the whole family.
Packages include spacious suites at the beautiful Sheraton Vistana Villages, just minutes
away from all the exciting attractions.
Escorted vacations. Adventures by
Disney and Trafalgar offer superb fully
escorted vacations at some of America’s most
historic destinations. With an escorted vacation, all of the details are taken care of by a
professional tour manager, so all you need to
do is sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.
Desert resorts and Las Vegas. The
summer sizzles in these glittering, fun-filled
playgrounds. Try your luck in a casino, shop
till you drop, lounge by the pool, indulge in a
spa or golf the day away at some of the most
popular resorts Southern California, Arizona
and Nevada have to offer.
The summer days are long, the value is
great and the American vacation spirit is alive
and well. Be a part of it by making your next
vacation an all-American vacation! C
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Advance reservations required. Subject to availability of NeverLost-
equipped vehicles, this offer is redeemable at participating Hertz
locations in the U.S. and Canada. The free day value is deducted from
the NeverLost rental fee charged. This offer has no cash value, may
not be used with Pre-Pay Rates, Tour Rates or Insurance Replacement
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and mileage charges only. Discounts in local currency on redemption.
Offers valid for vehicle pick-up on or before 12-31-09.
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and restrictions might apply. All prices are in U.S. dollars. Costco Travel
disclaims liability for any inaccuracies or typographical errors. Costco
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