Avoid staying in hotels

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Avoid Hotels
Sure, you have to stay somewhere, but hotels aren't always the best value for your money, Pauline Frommer says.

Try renting a room in an apartment, or even the entire place. Also, if you live near a tourist attraction or big city, take advantage of apartment swapping. You can trade up through companies that can be found online. Pauline says to go with a larger company for the widest array of options.