Vacationing in places like Myrtle Beach and Miami Beach can be exciting, but when you consider the costs of lodging and food in such high-profile areas, it isn't usually affordable to budget travelers. Consider searching for lesser-known beaches. Are the Outer Banks too expensive? Take a look at southern North Carolina beaches instead. Because they're less crowded, they offer much lower prices. You should always buy your gear before you go. Ever hear of supply and demand? Beach towns often charge above average prices on towels, swimsuits, sunscreen, and other essentials. Your car might be a little crowded, but bringing beach gear is more cost-effective than buying it when you reach your destination. Fred Stone's book Best Family Vacations on a Budget will make you the ultimate frugal traveler. Grab a copy now!