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Save or Splurge: 10 Suggestions on What's Worth the Spend When You're on Vacation

Splurge: Non-stop Flights

Multiple layovers are a good way to save money -- but also a near surefire way to shorten your vacation time.
Multiple layovers are a good way to save money -- but also a near surefire way to shorten your vacation time.
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It's tempting to spend as little as possible on airfare: Even the lowest fare available is often a relative fortune. But if you have some leeway in your budget, airfare is worth the splurge.

That doesn't mean cashing out your IRA to fly first class. It mostly means going for the slightly more expensive, nonstop route. It saves both time and stress, the former of which is in short supply and the latter of which has no place on a vacation.

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If you've got a super-long flight, some extra legroom in the form of an upgrade can make a big difference, too, in terms of comfort. It's probably not worth the splurge if you'll only be flying for a couple of hours, though.

Up next: Save on "what ifs."

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