Fall is no longer the “off” season for travel and vacations.  Kim Orlando, founder of Travelingmom.com notes that fall is now prime time for leisure travel, with many Americans planning their biggest trip of the year over the next few weeks.  With money still tight, she offers some great ideas for keeping costs at bay while traveling.  A few options:

• Check out www.doubletree.com/sweetdeals , where you can choose from a wide variety of affordable fall travel specials.
• Baltimore has a citywide promotion called “find your happy place” with four super exhibits to entertain families and children of all ages
• For culture and a pristine beach, Sarasota and her islands in Florida can’t be beat. In addition to the picture perfect weather, you can enjoy Broadway performances and the ballet.