6 tips to stretch your vacation dollars
Plan your schedule around free museum days, inquire about last-minute discount tickets for performances, and explore free parks and other no- or low-cost attractions.
Every major city and many smaller ones have freebie museums. Among them are the British national museums in London and other cities, the Smithsonian institution in Washington, D.C., and most National Park Service sites, notably the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
In addition, Paris' Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and other major museums are free on the first Sunday of each month, and the City of Lights also offers free access to many small, but still worthwhile sites, including Victor Hugo's house and the Petit Palais.
Finally, the great outdoors, from New York's Central Park to Rome's Villa Borghese Gardens to Hong Kong Park, is almost always free and a source for relaxation, recreation and yet another way to experience how the locals live.