It seems to be the question on every travel journalist’s mind: Will people stop traveling due to high costs and an uncertain economy? Here’s the short answer: No. But we may see changes in the way people travel and may need to adjust our attitude on what constitutes a good “deal.” For me personally, it’s hard to imagine a price point that would make me stop traveling — it’s just that important to me, and I find ways to make it work. After all, I recently flew to Italy for just three days of skiing — would have loved to have stayed longer, but the Euro is killing me. So, I had a shorter-than-usual trip — but I still went. Shorter trips are just one way that people adjust their travels when they’re trying to control their vacation costs.
Yesterday on the Fox News show “Studio B with Shepard Smith,” I talked about a few other ways travelers can try to control costs this summer. You’ve all heard the advice to book early, but with service cutbacks by a few airlines, there’s going to be stiff competition for the least-expensive seats and booking far in advance is as important as ever for those of you who have your heart set on a particular destination.
Watch the video, or read on for my three other tips:
St. John beach chair photo courtesy of IgoUgo member Jose Kevo.