With the continuing economic meltdown, many families are rethinking vacation plans. Author Susan H. Magsamen, who lives in Hunt Valley, has some tips for economical travel. In a book released this week, The 10 Best of Everything Families: An Ultimate Guide to Travel, she offers lists on topics including children's museums, family reunions and extreme adventures. Magsamen, who will sign copies of her book at Greetings & Readings in Hunt Valley from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, spoke with The Baltimore Sun's Michelle Deal-Zimmerman about family travel. An excerpt:
With the recession, families are having a hard time affording travel. What are your best tips for doing it on the cheap?
Find things that are really close to you. What is the natural habitat in your area? What are the regional specialties? What are the foods that define your area? You start to get a better idea of who you are and where you live.