Last-minute vacations: 5 budget tips

  • Choose your destination wisely

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    While Hawaii, the south of France, and Los Angeles sound appealing for a vacation, they are not ideal for last-minute travelers -- especially if you're on a budget. But pick the right destination and you could save a bundle.

    According to the 2014 Hotwire Travel Value Index, the top budget vacation destination in the U.S. is Atlanta, Ga., where some of the best travel discounts can be had.

    Number two on the index is Orlando, home of Disney World and Universal Studios. Rounding out the top five are Tampa, Fla., Dallas-Forth Worth, and Phoenix, Ariz.