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Savvy travel move: reserve now for Columbus Day weekend

Most people will forget about it until the week before, but Columbus Day 2010 (October 11) is often a school holiday in the US and a great opportunity for a fun fall 3-day weekend getaway.

Draw a map around your town with about a two-hour driving radius (flying with kids is usually too much hassle for this short a break, although you could consider something like short-haul MegaBus) and start rocking some travel plans!

Here are some Columbus Day weekend suggestions that I wrote up for and BootsnAll has 7 very worthwhile Midwest weekend getaways – I’ve found over the years that no one ever seems to remember that this holiday is coming until it’s too late to score a decent price on anything.

Do a little homework now, and you’ll look like an insightful genius in October.