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Travel Woes - Rising Fuel Prices And Dropping Dollar Values

Feb 20, 2008
The summer vacation is an annual ritual in most of the world. Getting up and going is just what we do. That being said, trips this year and in the future may be much shorter. Why? Things are getting expensive and will continue to do so.

There are many factors contributing to the situation, but two stand out. The cost of fuel is on the rise and few expect it to come down as oil demand grows while supplies diminish. The following dollar is also a killer for those using the currency.

Will falling dollar values and rising fuel prices stop us from traveling? No, but we all are going to need to cut costs where we can. Yes, that means we are going to have to get creative when it comes to spending our travel dollars.

Obviously, the biggest expense for most travelers is the actual transportation from one place to another. Specifically, we are talking flights in most cases. Is there any way to cut down on the cost of flying? Of course.

Not all flights are created the same price wise. The first factor is the time of year you are flying. To save a boat load of money, try flying during the off season for the location. You'll save money on the flight, lodgings and basically everything.

You pay for brand names and frills when flying just like you do with any service or product. Charter flights come without the brand name or frills, but they are cheaper than normal flights. You can save hundreds traveling on them.

What if you are really looking for a cheap flight? The only real answer is to fly air courier. Yes, these really exist. Flights are rarely free, but they can be had for $100 or so. Look up the Air Courier Association for more information.

One you are on the ground at your destination, there are other strategies you can impliment to save some travel bucks. Where you decide to stay is often the biggest expense. Dropping from a hotel to hostel can dramatically cut your costs.

Another great way to save money on accommodations is to hit the train station. Most have a booth where locals rent out a room in their house to you. This can also be a good way to meet the locals and get a taste for the real life in the area.

While it is true that the expense of traveling is going up and probably will continue to, the avid traveler should not be put off. Get creative and you can save some serious money. You might just find you also have a better time of it.
About the Author
Aazdak Alisimo writes about travel subjects for NomadJournals.com - makers of travel journals that make great corporate gifts.
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