Travelocity Says Air Fares are Leveling Off
That was the headline of an Associated Press article that came out this morning. Indeed, I do think airfare is stabilizing, a comment I also made to Roger Yu at USA Today. Loyal readers know I don’t pull this stuff out of thin air, rather, I rely on the vast data and resources of Travelocity.
It is because of that vast data I can say with reasonable certainty that while airfare does seem to have hit bottom, hotel rates have not. And that is why yet again, dear reader, I urge you cure yourself of flight fixation. Flight fixation is an all too common ailment among travelers – we search and search for the best airfare, agonizing over $10 or $20 when in reality, we can negate that extra cost and more if we simply look to the hotel for the value on our trips. And isn’t the hotel the most important part of your vacation anyway? Who cares about the flight, right? It is just a means of getting where you want to go.
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.