Last Minute Escapes

Young musicians give an impromptu concert outside a Boise, Idaho, shop.

Young musicians give an impromptu concert outside a Boise, Idaho, shop.

Low-fare airlines can help you get out of town and discover an America you didn’t know.

Reported by Lisa Gerry, Deena Guzder, and Andrew Nelson

n the March 2006 issue of Traveler, writer Andrew Nelson finds that last-minute travel on low-fare airlines can lead you to places you might never have visited otherwise. In “Why I Went to Boise,” Nelson discovers a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts that also offers plenty of urban pleasures, including restaurants and outdoor cafés, art museums, and a Shakespeare festival.

Budget airlines—and last-minute booking online—have broadened many travelers’ horizons. “With airfares so low, airlines are in effect pulling people off the freeway—to fly instead of drive,” says 1-800-cheapseats travel expert Terry Trippler. “If Oklahoma City is a four-hour drive, you may think twice about going, but when you can take a 45-minute flight for only $59, the decision to go is much easier.”

Read the full story at National Geographic Traveler

Copyright © 2009 Journalist Deena Guzder
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