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The Economy and Travel


Posted by barbara on December 11, 2009

With the abysmal job market, continued uncertainties about the American economy, and tax hikes looming, we've decided to cancel all plans to travel this Christmas. As a result, I have spent a lot more time looking at (cheap) things to do locally, but I wonder if anyone else has changed travel plans because of fiscal concerns. How HAS the economy truly impacted the travel industry? (Or, at least, the travellers?) Just curious...

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Reply by koshkha on December 11, 2009

I can still afford to travel but I know many friends and family can't. So on our last trip to India we challenged ourselves to see how cheaply we could get by - partly out of a sense of 'how low can you go' but also because my sister wants to go with us next year and she can't afford if we don't keep the costs down, so I wanted to be able to prove to her that you can have a fortnight in India staying in some really cheap hotels without getting bed bugs, dysentry or mugged.

We did really well!


Reply by MilwVon on December 11, 2009

I am still proceeding with plans made nearly a year ago or more . . . and planning for our big Alaskan Adventure next summer.

For those who can afford the expense to travel, there may not have been a better time to do so . . . at least in my recent lifetime. Hotel deals are out there and many travel and tour companies have some wonderful discounts including 2:1's.

I did just book a sorta spontaneous winter trip to Anchorage in late February/early March. FF ticket ($650 savings) plus a 4 nights for the price of 3 via AARP and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to do this trip for under $500. I have also invited one of my girlfriends to join me, which will afford her an extra cheap trip too, since she was able to lock into a free FF ticket too.

I was talking to a friend in the hotel industry here in Wisconsin last week. She said their industry really dislikes the term "stay-cation" as the implied is staying at home so no hotel at all. For some around here, I believe they did take long weekend type trips, several of them, over the summer rather than going away away for a week at a time. On my staff, most (four of the five of them) took long weekend type trips. The fifth had the opportunity to go home to Croatia last sping and enjoyed her 2+ weeks there.

I heard that air travel here in Milwaukee is up as compared to a year ago based on airport passenger counts. I wonder if that is more people coming to Wisconsin . . . or more of us going elsewhere since our local CVB and many of our major festivals seemed to be concerned with the lower attendance numbers.

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