Vacations are back in vogue among American workers

By Clark Howard

Americans are taking vacations again after a period of laying off the time off.

We went through a phase where people were working themselves silly because they thought they'd be laid off if they took a vacation. While that may have been true in some cases, that trend has now reversed and people are taking advantage once again of what's called "paid time off" at some companies.

Money still remains tight for many. Yet more and more Americans are deciding to find a way to vacation without having to break the bank or having to stay tethered to home during a staycation. Popular options include going to state parks, renting a cabin, or even staying at an inexpensive motel.

As just one example, I was recently at a 3-star hotel that I booked for $45 a night. It was a nice hotel and, no, it wasn't one of my crazy Priceline or Hotwire deals. It was a deal I just happened to find while looking online, and I booked it at the hotel chain's own website.

If you can get away, the fall offers one of the cheapest times to take a vacation.