During a recession, many of your neighbors are thinking just as
you are - hording money and saving for that rainy day that might
come next week, next month, or never. During this recession,
people are not traveling - instead, people are staying at home
and sheltering their savings. This article outlines the
advantages of traveling during a recession. In this article, part
two of two, we will show you how to acquire those bargain travel
deals, when traveling requires an airplane ride to reach your
Keep reading below...
Recession Travel Opportunities: Part Two - Vacation Destinations By Airplane
Copyright (c) 2008-2017 Anson Werner
(See This Article in its Original Format.)
Difficult financial times force people to worry about family finances, often forcing individuals to decide against and forgo family vacations. The fear of tomorrow is understandable, but many of us have saved money for more than a year, in hopes of taking our next vacation. During a recession, many of your neighbors are thinking just as you are - hording money and saving for that rainy day that might come next week, next month, or never.
Now here is the key to why you might want to consider recession travel. Your neighbors are worried about the future, same as you are. Your friends are worried about the future. Your neighbors' friends are worried about the future. It is said that the average person knows 300 people, and that each of those people know 300 different people. 300 times 300 equals 90,000. Through the people you know and the people they know, there are 90,000 people worried about the future. So people are not traveling - instead, people are staying at home and sheltering their savings.
During good times, hotels enjoy 95%-98% occupancy rates. During the current recession, many hotels are struggling to stay afloat with 60%-65% occupancy rates. Airline companies face the same types of challenges. So long as hotels are struggling to keep renters in their rooms, travel bargains will be available to all comers who understand how to find those bargains.
In this article, we will show you how to acquire those bargain travel deals, when traveling requires an airplane ride to reach your vacation destination. In part one of this series, we examined how to find travel bargains, when your travel desires let you reach your desired destination by way of car. You can read part one of this series at: http://www.shoppingtraveldeals.com/blog/2008/11/19/recession-travel-by-car/
Tis The Season
The calendar dictates prices at major tourist destinations. Just as we have always known that gasoline prices are higher at the pump during summer months, other prices are also dictated by consumer demand.
Most amusement parks remain open only during those summer months, defined as Memorial Day to Labor Day - dictated primarily by local school "summer breaks".
Ski resorts charge the highest rates, when they can be certain that there will be snow on the ground (December to mid-March).
During the off-season, most people only take short weekend vacations, which ensures that prices will always be higher between Friday evening and Sunday night, for air travel and hotel rooms at prime travel destinations.
Certain yearly events will dictate higher prices on event weeks or weekends, such as NASCAR races, baseball, basketball, and football playoffs and championships, and college rivalry games.
During high-demand dates, hotel and airfare can be quite expensive. What most people fail to realize is that by scheduling a trip even a single day out of season, then the prices can fall by as much as 50%. For example:
Those amusement parks who open early or stay late tend to offer lower prices during the pre- or post-summer season.
Let your kids miss a few days of school in the middle of September or in early May, and you can get a family vacation that will permit you to get the same value for half the money. One year, I pulled my kids out of school for a Thursday and Friday, so that we could take a four-day vacation, on a tight budget, during early March. South Texas two weeks before Spring Break offered a lot of value at much lower prices.
Pick a ski resort that has its own snow making machines, and schedule a ski trip before December or after the middle of March to save money.
Instead of taking a weekend to visit Las Vegas, schedule a stay to run from Monday to Thursday.
Arrive at a NASCAR race city, on the Tuesday following the race.
Going To Disney With The Kids?
Wal-Mart and other Main Street American stores sell Disney t-shirts and gifts, for much less money than Disney sells them at their parks. Buy the t-shirt before you go, and give it to your kids after you get to the park.
The largest amount of discretionary money spent on vacation will be the knick-knacks, collectibles and gifts purchased at your destination. It does not matter whether you are heading to Disney, Chicago, New York City or the mountains of New Mexico. If Wal-Mart does not have the gifts you are seeking, you can buy most anything on the Internet. You can save a lot of money by buying your gifts before you leave.
Travel Light And Travel Smart
In 2008, airlines started charging extra fees for extra bags. Even if traveling by car, less weight and fewer items will make your trip less expensive and more fun. My wife and I simply took too many bags on our honeymoon. We took a number of heavy books with us, to ensure we had something to read on our journeys, but we only cracked open two of those books the entire week.
Plan Ahead To Avoid Additional Transportation Costs
Wherever you land, one of the most costly expenses you may face will be a taxicab. But, you have to find a way from the airport to your hotel, don't you?
When you schedule your hotel, it is wise to ask whether the hotel offers transportation to and from the airport. Many do, and if they do, you can save a lot of money by avoiding the taxicab costs.
Even if your hotel does not offer transportation to and from the airport, there are frequently airport buses running between the airport and several nearby hotels. Buses tend to be a lot cheaper than cabs.
Even if you are spending time in Las Vegas, the city provides a bus service to carry patrons the full distance of the Las Vegas Strip. With buses running about every thirty minutes, if you can take the time to wait for the next bus, it is considerably cheaper than a taxi.
Get Out The Calculator And Compare Offers
Hotels, casinos, and airlines have lots of people who work in marketing, whose only job is to figure out how to get new customers. Towards that end, many specials are created to attract new customers to the business. But, you really need to put all special offers to the test. Get out your calculator to see how special that "special" really is.
Put the pen to paper and calculate exactly how much those "specials" are really going to cost. The difference between discount-offers and specials offered at various travel destinations, even different offers at the same destination and the same business, could cost as much as several hundred dollars different. Get the facts, and make a good shopping decision.
The Economy of Finances On Foreign Soil
As you may already know, different banks charge different fees to use Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). But what you may not know is that when you use your Debit Card overseas, ATM fees can be very high, since those debit cards are pulling information from foreign banks. However, few people actually realize that one can obtain no-fee ATM cards for overseas travel. When you travel overseas, it is usually those simple things that can save you the most money.
In previous years, travel to Europe was very attractive for Americans due to the strong dollar against the Euro. These days, the U.S. Dollar has been weakened against the Euro, making travel to Europe more expensive for Americans. While America is in the throws of a new recession, and the news constantly reminds us about the weakness of the dollar overseas, it is easy to assume that we don't have any real buying power in foreign countries. But there is good news on this front that few have shared.
The U.S. Dollar might be weak against the Euro, but there are several European countries that do not participate in the Euro monetary system. Of those countries, four of them have currency that is still weaker than the dollar: Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. As a result, these four countries still present Americans with real value for their money. Other countries where the dollar is still strong include: Argentina, Jamaica, Barbados and Jordan.
Emailed Special Offers
There are several companies that offer special travel deals to their subscribers, through an email alert system or an email newsletter. Some of the best deals in travel can be acquired through these mailing lists, if you are willing to keep your options open and to keep an eye for a great deal.
Many of the deals that the newsletters offer are limited time offers, available only to a few people. Once the offer is sold out, then it is gone, until the next travel offer comes along. Rather than to try to document all of the mailing lists here, I have provided links to the travel mailing lists here: http://www.shoppingtraveldeals.com/blog/email-travel-offers/
Getting The Best Prices On Air Travel
I could actually build an entire article on this subject alone, but I am going to summarize the top two tips here:
You should never buy air travel tickets directly from the airline company. They sell all tickets at full price and offer the same tickets at substantial discounts to travel companies. Take advantage of this loophole in the airline companies' standard operating procedure.
Travel agencies frequently recommend a two-leg airplane route, because it is frequently cheaper to fly into a specific city from only one or two cities. Sometimes a flight to Salt Lake City, Utah and then to Las Vegas, Nevada is cheaper than a direct flight to Las Vegas. Many trips can be arranged in this manner to chop hundreds of dollars off of the cost of reaching a particular destination.
For any traveler willing to spend some blood-sweat learning about what may be available and what to do to save money, there is a multitude of inexpensive ways to take advantage of the current economic market to get great travel deals. Visit our website to find more great advice and tips for travelers.
In Anson Werner's desire to find incredible travel deals - so he can get out of the house and on the road - he spends his spare time shopping travel offers and learning tricks to help him save money and get more enjoyment from his limited dollars. Recent finds include a 3-day/2-night vacation for two to Las Vegas for $49, and a trick for getting a free cruise for his family. Anson's friends had always asked him about the travel deals he finds, so he decided to share his knowledge and discoveries in his travel blog at: http://www.shoppingtraveldeals.com/blog/
Follow "The Phantom Writers" on Twitter
to be notified when new articles are made available.
VOTE ON THIS ARTICLE|
Needs Work >>
<< Excellent Article
Tell our authors what you think about their article.
Top-Level Category: Travel and Leisure Articles || Related Categories: Shopping Articles
Most Recent "Travel And Leisure" Articles
The Top 10 Cities Chosen by Italian Tourists for the Autumn Bank Holiday
Written by: Ilaria Aglietti |
Distributed: 2011-12-12 |
Word Count: 312 |
Page Views: 569
A study carried out by Italian travel comparison engine
VoliLowCost.it reveals that London was the Italians’ favourite
destination for the Halloween weekend.
South Texas Quickens with Wildlife
Written by: Jeff Parker |
Distributed: 2011-09-14 |
Word Count: 706 |
Page Views: 2280
| Votes: 2 |
While many of the world's other destinations lose species,
the Brush Country's heart beats a steady rhythm. Nature
here still thrives along the full spectrum of the food chain
and today more wildlife roams per acre in the Brush Country
than anywhere else in the United States. In fact, South
Texas' rich biodiversity has made it one of North
America's liveliest places for nature-lovers and wildlife
photographers to visit.
Honduras Delivers Wildlife Wow!
Written by: Jeff Parker |
Distributed: 2011-09-13 |
Word Count: 502 |
Page Views: 569
Adventure to Honduras' north central coast and discover for
yourself the untamed beauty and incredible wildlife that await
you and your lens. Here, its friendly Carribean people aren't
jaded from a constant onslaught of tourists and you can still
blaze your own trails, yet enough of a path has been cleared so
that you can comfortably enjoy the thrill of the jungles,
seashores, and mangrove estuaries of this often-overlooked
Central American jewel.
Las Vegas – One City, Many Destinations
Written by: George Cuthbert |
Distributed: 2011-07-26 |
Word Count: 816 |
Page Views: 3101
| Votes: 21 |
Many of the fabulous Las Vegas hotels are themed to
represent top attractions and places in other countries. Why
go on a round-the-world tour when you can experience
everything from the bright lights of Vegas?
5 Reasons Why Las Vegas Visitors Should Take a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Written by: Keith Kravitz |
Distributed: 2010-11-04 |
Word Count: 606 |
Page Views: 2672
| Votes: 1 |
Helicopters can take you from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
in just 45 minutes, making these air tours the perfect day
trip. The West Rim is the only place where you can fly to
the bottom and land. It's also home to the world-famous
Grand Canyon Skywalk. Need more reasons to go? Read on...
South Rim or West Rim? How to Pick a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Written by: Keith Kravitz |
Distributed: 2010-11-02 |
Word Count: 632 |
Page Views: 2657
| Votes: 1 |
If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, especially
from Las Vegas, you will need to choose which rim to visit.
This article gives you the tools to pick the rim that's
right for you.
Bunratty Castle in Ireland
Written by: Patricia G. McKinney-Lins |
Distributed: 2010-11-02 |
Word Count: 744 |
Page Views: 2693
| Votes: 1 |
Bunratty Castle is conveniently located near Shannon Airport
in Ireland. You will want to stop for a tour on your way in
or out of the country. Enjoy a medieval banquet with food,
drink and song and be transported back to the 1500s!
Things to Do With Your Kids in Toronto
Written by: Ryan Hogan |
Distributed: 2010-07-30 |
Word Count: 1342 |
Page Views: 3398
| Votes: 1 |
There are a couple of things to keep in mind about Toronto.
One is the weather. While Toronto has a pretty mild climate
for a Canadian city, and it does experience four distinct
seasons, its winters can be a bit harsh. You can expect
snowfall from November through mid-April. Second, Toronto is
expensive. It's often rated as the most expensive city in
Canada in which to live. So while there's plenty for your
family to do in Toronto, you'll need to pay attention to
the weather and to your budget.
The 10 Best Places in America to See a Play or Musical
Written by: Kelly McCartney |
Distributed: 2010-07-27 |
Word Count: 531 |
Page Views: 2695
| Votes: 3 |
Beginning with Radio City Music Hall, Kelly documents ten
favorite vacation spots that allow you to take in a play or
Changing Patterns Of Travel For Affluent Parents With Children
Written by: Shelley Cheny |
Distributed: 2010-07-27 |
Word Count: 544 |
Page Views: 2735
One of the increasing trends we are seeing in today's
travel scene is the changes in spending patterns in parents
with young children. This article presents the case for
increased catering for children in luxury resorts and five
and six star accommodation.