Consumers don't always have an easy time finding a "near-cation" options, because the travel industry's not set up to market well to locals. That's the void that LivingSocial hopes to fill.

The company sends members a weekly email that touts several hotel deals. The deals are available for purchase only for seven days, and the time frame for use varies but generally lasts one year.

Once you make your purchase, it's up to you to call and set up your trip, which gives the hotel a chance to try to sell you on an extra night or two since many people like to escape for more than one night.

To promote sharing, LivingSocial Escapes promises you a free escape if you share a deal with friends and three of them buy it.

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