Top 5 ways to save on your summer vacation

5. Consider alternatives to hotels

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This 2008 file photo shows the view from a Paris apartment rental available on You can twice the space for the same price as a hotel room, according to the company.

With home exchanges, participants swap homes for a set period for no cost of lodging, points out Ms. Dunnan, and these deals are typically found on the Internet. In addition, guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts typically cost less than many hotels, while vacation rentals – anything from condos to villas – can be good deals, especially for groups and families seeking space and amenities.

The cost of a vacation rental? Per square foot, it's half the rate of a hotel room, says Jon Gray, vice president for North American business at HomeAway, an online marketplace for vacation rentals based in Austin, Texas.

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