Politcal Travel: Support Your Candidate With a Last-Minute Trip to a Swing State
I recently took a look at travel patterns on the days leading up to the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates and found a significant uptick in travel to host cities. Nashville (up 54 percent), Oxford (up 56 percent), St. Louis (up 72 percent) and New York (up 16 percent) all saw an increase in arrivals when compared to last year.
With the election less than three weeks away, more people are expected to visit the “swing states” in a final attempt to win votes for their candidate. Whether you’re looking to fly to a destinations or drive to a political battleground closer to home, for those passionate about politics, here is a sampling of last-minute deals travelers can find to Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia:
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• Washington, DC – Dayton, OH. Round trip air, 2-night hotel stay and rental car: $220 per person
• Washington, DC – Richmond, VA: 2-night hotel stay only: $55 per person.
• New York, NY – Fort Lauderdale, FL Round trip air, 2-night hotel stay and rental car: $248 per person.
• New York, NY – Philadelphia, PA. 2-night hotel only: $90 per person.
• Los Angeles, CA – Albuquerque, NM: Round trip air, 2-night hotel stay and rental car: $307 per person.
• Los Angeles – Las Vegas, NV: 2-nt hotel only: $87 per person
• Boston, MA – St. Louis, MO: Round trip air, 2-night hotel stay and rental car: $312 per person.
• Boston, MA – Concord, NH: Hotel only: 2-night hotel only: $93 per person
My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.
Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.
Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.