More families look to vacation at home this year

As the weather warms and schools let out for the summer, many families begin to prep for a summer vacation. However, a number of Americans say they will forego a costly long-distance trip for something more affordable and closer to home, according to data from Cambria Suites.

The company's recent survey found that 25 percent of Americans plan to vacation close to home and book a hotel, a 4 percent rise from last year. Individuals who said they plan to to take time off, but stay at home, rose 6 percent to 19 percent.

The decision to take "stay-cations" has become a more appealing option for families because of high gas prices and the struggling economy. In order to take vacations and yet still save money, a number of Americans have looked at ways to improve their finances.

One approach some individuals have taken to cut back on expenses, such as auto premiums, mortgage costs and credit card interest rates, is to check their credit reports for questionable and troublesome items that may be unfairly lowering their credit scores.

Working with a credit attorney to identify these marks may be the first step to getting the clean credit the person deserves.