Last-minute vacations: 5 budget tips

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    Booking a vacation on short notice can cost you big bucks -- airlines, hotels and car rental companies often charge a hefty premium when you book last minute. But with the right tools and careful research, travelers can still catch some great deals this summer.

    Travel experts recommend that if a summer trip is in your plans you should book sooner rather than later. But if it's down to the wire, here are five tips that can help with last minute summer getaway plans.