Summer vacation: 7 great savings tips

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    By Donna Freedman/MoneyTalksNews

    Have you taken your summer vacation yet? Or has your vacation taken you?

    Some people travel on autopilot. You cart the kids off to Disneyland because you're supposed to? Or, you fly to Europe because everyone says you should see Paris before you die.

    But what do you want?

    "Most of us don't take the time to think about what would make us happier -- what kind of vacation would be relaxing, would recharge our batteries, would be a great time with family," says Donna Skeels Cygan, a Certified Financial Planner and author of "The Joy of Financial Security."

    Cygan suggests having a "values talk" with your spouse and/or family before planning a vacation. Clarify what everyone expects: Adventure? Relaxation? Roller coasters?

    The same holds true for singles. Ask yourself what kind of vacation fits your personality instead of listening to everyone else's preferences.

    The trip you want could be well within reach. Whether it's a staycation or a trip to Sicily, use these tips to cut costs.