Staycations became the trend for saving money during the last few years of the recession, but since the economy has come back around, short stay vacations are taking over. Short stay vacations, are allowing travelers to get away, without the extra expense of long vacations.
Major metropolitan areas are popular destination spots, with Las Vegas heading up the short stay vacation charts, as airfare and hotel deals are plentiful. Las Vegas establishments often offer discounts on drinks and meals, and Rick Ingersoll, author of "The Frugal Travel Guy Handbook," suggests visiting Las Vegas during the week rather than on the weekend. Gambling spots are generally in demand on the weekend and charge more for food, drink and accommodations.
When looking for short stay vacation destinations, watch for cruise and airfare deals, which often offer promotional and discounted rates. When looking for camping destinations, federal campgrounds offer affordable rentals and most mobile phones have gas finder apps to help with rising gas prices.