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With American families becoming separated by vast distances throughout the country, family reunions have become an increasingly important way to keep connected. According to the United States Travel Association, 72 million adults traveled to a family reunion in the past three years. But as the economy tightens, expensive transportation costs and hotel rates might keep family members at home.

Despite limited budgets, extended families do not have to take out loans to enjoy each other's company. Here are some tips to keep in mind before your next family reunion: