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Americans Insist on Traveling as Economy Struggles

April 21, 2008 06:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Many Americans plan to travel this summer despite a slow economy, weak dollar and high gas prices, but others are staying close to home.

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According to The New York Times, Americans are finding ways to take summer vacations in 2008 despite a faltering economy. Mona Hamouly of American Express Travel credits travelers for “really being more savvy and resourceful and taking advantage of all the discounts and offers available to them.”

Stay-at-home vacations, or “staycations” are also becoming more commonplace. For example, suburban dwellers are planning monthly barbeque trips to each other’s backyards, at-home spa days at each other’s houses, and carpool excursions to museums and outlet malls to save money on gas and hotels.

However, some Americans have had to cancel vacation traditions like family reunions and time-share visits, reports the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Those families who can afford to get away must still contend with airline cancellations.

In April, American Airlines cancelled more than 1,000 flights due to safety hazards, and more than 140,000 passengers were delayed or stranded at airports.

Americans willing to deal with airline annoyances can find ways to stretch their dollars in Europe, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. One strategy is building an itinerary around “less-traveled, and often less-expensive destinations” like Eastern Europe and Portugal.

Headline Links: U.S. travelers getting savvy or staying home

Related Links: Money-saving advice from travel experts

Background Link: Flight cancellations another travel deterrent

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