How the Economy is Changing Our Travel

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Two weeks ago I asked you readers how the economy was affecting your travel plans or travel habits.

I think that there are several obvious things that are changing.  Several people commented and told me on twitter that they are traveling less due to being laid off.  That’s unfortunate news and I’m very sorry to hear about anybody losing their job.

But what wasn’t as obvious, and exactly what I hoped to hear when I posed that question, was how people are changing their travel habits so they could continue traveling despite lower pay, no job at all, or just worry about the economy in general.

Despite these challenges posed by various financial concerns, people are still traveling.  Affordable vacations like road trips, camping and other outdoor activities appear to be gaining in popularity.

Some popular domestic vacation destinations like Las Vegas have been hurting, but some travelers are finding great deals for both airfare and hotels.

On my last vacation I talked to a lot of travelers of all ages and nationalities.  Although it is a trend I have been noticing for a few years, many hostels are becoming increasingly popular with older and/or more financially stable visitors than the typical crowd one would expect at youth hostels.  Note: you won’t find the word “youth” in many hostel’s names anymore :)

And then there is the final type of traveler who is not affected too much by the current economic situation.  Several people mentioned on twitter that they’re not too worried since they already travel cheaply.  Combine that airfares that continue to get lower and lower, and these travelers are benefiting the most from the current economy.

If you have any questions or comments on traveling in this economy please share in the comments section below. We’d love to hear any and all opinions and/or tips!

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