Americans these days are conditioned to expect bargains. Any travel agent will tell you, no call is more dreaded this time of year than the one where someone wants that last-minute "somewhere warm" holiday deal.
Your next flight is liable to be canceled or delayed, and the price of airline tickets seems to go up every month. Gasoline prices are off the chart and so are hotel rates. Tim Leffel says this might be a good summer to make your family's summer vacation a local affair.