HOW TO PLAN & SAVE FOR A FUN SUMMER VACATION with Co-Founder of TravelGirl Magazine Stephanie Oswald

Travel Expert & CNN Travel Correspondent Stephanie Oswald on the Perfect Vacation Strategy

Travel expert and magazine editor, Stephanie Oswald is one of the world’s foremost experts on helping people get the most from their travel experience. Whether people are just loading up the car to visit grandma or taking an exotic trip to a sexy location, Oswald and the TravelGirl magazine she co-founded is helping people make their trips both fun and interesting.  Just in time for Memorial Day, Oswald has some unique and timely suggestions for summer travel.

Oswald is the former host of the weekend program, CNN Travel Now, and is a correspondent for CNN. Her CNN reporting has taken her everywhere from The Great Wall of China to The Grand Canyon. She's a savvy traveler, whether it's a business or pleasure trip, international or domestic. In 2003, she also launched a groundbreaking series called The Weather Channel Road Crew that showcased the "fun" side of weather.

wvr_logoWyndham Vacation Rentals has 100,000 properties around the world. Travelers have access to more than Wyndham Rental properties in the most sought-after beach, mountain, tennis, golf and theme parks location. They are now offering summer discounts of up to 30 percent. You get all the conveniences of home like full-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and the Wyndham Rental Bill of Rights, a service pledge that ensures top quality.

Unlike renting directly from an owner, when you rent through Wyndham your vacation is backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies.  Wyndham Vacation Rentals protects your hard-earned vacation by working closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet Wyndham standards for quality and comfort.

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baltimore logoIt’s simple, go exploring. The city of Baltimore is a great example, with three historic commemorations. Baltimore is celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the birth of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.   There is a great tribute to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The city is offering discount passes to make summer trips affordable, including some great attractions like Fort McHenry, The B&O Railroad Museum and National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. You can get hotel packages and discount passes on their website.  You’ll find great amazing restaurants, museums and the waterfront is amazing.

Hotel packages and additional information can be found at  There’s just so much history to explore in cities like Baltimore, and the restaurants on the Waterfront are wonderful. You owe it to your kids to give them a first-hand look at history.

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hilton-head-island-south-carolinaOne of the best deals is Hilton Head Island South Carolina was named America’s #1 Beach Town by Parents magazine this month.  It has six oceanfront resorts that are fresh off extensive renovations just in Harbour Town (2)time for summer travel. Hilton Head Island has great shopping, and you’ll love the ships and the lighthouse at Harbour Town. Great family beaches, with 24 golf courses, 100 miles of biking trails, 300 tennis courts, 8 marinas and great restaurants.

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