March 15, 2004





What vacation spot would you recommend to a friend on a limited budget?

I guess that depends on how limited the budget was. The closest (I think) really-vacationy place around here is the Okoboji area. There are lots of largish lakes there, and there's a little community called Arnold's Park where they have a little carnival-type place and you can buy special ice cream and walk next to the water. And buy things. It has a very boardwalky feel. Then, in Spirit Lake (I think), there's a Radio Shack/fudge shop/gift shop combo which is quite nice. They have zillions of types of fudge. Oh, I think they have video rental too. There's a museum (Museum of the Lakes?) with paintings you wouldn't expect to find in this little place.
It's not particularly cheap, but it is quite nice. There are state parks scattered all over the place,
and the state's three major universities have a little place called Lakeside Labs, where students get to stay in cabins and take classes. There's a mess hall and everything--it's more like camp than my actual camp was.

Karen, 23
Ames, IA USA

I'm fond of staying at home with do-it-yourself luxury. The ratio between time invested and money invested depends on my mood (and money) at the moment.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA


Lowell, MA USA

British Columbia. It's not a big trip, and the current exchange rate makes it a bargain.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

I would recommend a camp site called Ladys Mile which is in Dawlish Warren, near Exeter. It's a cheep way to have a holiday - near to the beach, with a swimming pool, and a golf course, and pleanty of things to do without spending too much money :)

Alice, 23
Wincehster UK

I do not know. But I'll be looking at the answers. I need to o to a place with plenty of sunshine. Our family usually goes down to the shore.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Carnival Cruise lines, they're cheap

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

Pack a lunch and do fun day trips to tourist spots within a 3 mile drive.

Laura, 39
Lowell, MA USA

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