There's a great way to save money when you're going on vacation and it involves not planning.

The Los Angeles Times  reports a new survey finds that about three quarters of people say they'll flex on dates and destinations of leisure travel to save money. The survey of some 2,000 respondents was conducted by a travel website called Travel-Ticker.com.

When I see a travel deal, my longtime philosophy has been to buy the deal first and then figure out why you want to go there. By doing that, I've gotten to visit every continent except Antarctica and every state except North Dakota. And I've done it on the cheap.

Allow the deal to drive the vacation. If you let the destination or the calendar drive the trip, you'll pay more.

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Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. View More Articles

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