If you can't change the prices, change your
to less expensive locales in
America and Eastern
Europe where your travel
budget stretches more easily.
trips to hot destinations in the UK and Europe is getting to be more expensive every year.
the global economy bringing the US dollar to lower levels than
the pound and the euro, the travel bargains you may be used to are getting much
harder to find.
those traveling west to the United States or Canada that's great news. For those
going the other direction, it's big trouble.
Americans and Canadians visiting
Europe or a country that ties its currency to the euro are going to experience
even worse sticker shock than they have in the recent past.
to Tim Leffel, the author of the book Make Your Travel Dollars
Worth a Fortune, there are solutions that will minimize the
pain for tourists. It's time for creative planning and switching
to alternate destinations. By using the right strategies and making
good decisions, travelers can avoid paying inflated prices caused
by currency shifts.
Latin America For the most part, countries south of the border are a safe
currency bet for U.S. and Canadian travelers. Most Latin American countries tie
their currency to the dollar officially or in practice and three actually use
the U.S. dollar as their own. There has been little to no loss of value in most
areas of this vast region and many countries in Central
America and South
America offer an excellent value at all budget levels.
European destinations carefully Going to the most
popular destinations in Europe can feel like a shopping trip to Tiffany's.
It isn't uncommon to find $100 taxi rides, $500 hotels, and routine restaurant
lunches that can top $150. Those
bent on traveling to Europe may want to expand their horizons and visit areas
where demand has not driven prices to such lofty levels.
Few travelers talk for years about taking a
vacation to Kansas City, Boise, or Austin, but with last-minute airfares so prevalent
now, it makes sense to be flexible and look beyond the obvious.
There is a
very long list of places worth visiting across
the U.S. and in Canada.
Most of these North American destinations are doing everything
in their power to make your stay memorable, from new museums and
performance halls to free seasonal outdoor concerts. Lodging prices
can be half or less what they are in larger cities and most Americans
and Canadians are within a few hours drive of a great destination
they have never visited.
last-minute plans where the area and star level matters more than
specifics, these sites can save travelers some serious money.
Plus options that are harder to find on the big hotel booking
sites, such as bed-and-breakfasts and short-term rentals, have
not seen as much of a price jump.
travel, look beyond the U.S.-based booking sites and use ones
that do a better job of covering the region you're visiting. Try
Venere or EuroCheapo
for Europe, Agoda
for Asia, or city-specific sites for these and other continents.
[ED NOTE: Since this article was written, the dollar has fallen even lower against the pound and the euro, making affordable travel choices even more important. Remember that when you save on transporation and hotels beforehand the more vacation dollars you'll have to splurge once you get there. Happy travels!...]
The Author... Tim Leffel is author of the book "Make Your Travel
Dollars Worth a Fortune: The Contrarian Traveler's Guide to Getting More for Less."
See details and access extensive travel resources at http://www.contrariantraveler.com/.