With the economy today....travel?

United States
January 31, 2012 12:10pm CST
With the economy the way it is currently. I wndered what would be great travel palces or things to do in a day that would be cost effective and family oriented. Any ideas? I hear a place called Black Island is nice. Does anyone know about that place or whether it is cost effective?
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@WakeUpKitty (8717)
• Netherlands
31 Jan 12
Doesn't it depends on where you live which places are costy or not? It probably also depends on the way you like to travel. In some cases walking, train or your own car is way cheaper as taking the plane. But there are also many low budget flights who are many times cheaper as going by car. I think the cheapest way of travelling is walking (back packing) and work while you travel. Or share a car with others (hitch hiking is an option as well). But I am aware of the fact not everybody is able to travel that way or will see that as an inventure.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
2 Feb 12
I love to travel and will keep doing it no matter what the economy does - unless it goes to he-ll in a hurry. What does change is what I do and how I travel. When money is tight I visit places that don't cost a lot or are free, I also will visit more family and friends and that way save on hotels. If you look carefully there is a lot to do and places to visit that do not cost a lot of money.
@longbangod (1794)
• Philippines
1 Feb 12
Where are you from? Try to consider visiting our country. The ever beautiful and stunning Philippines. I'm sure you'll save a lot when you come here compared to other countries. Not to mention the dazzling beaches and other tourist spots where you can spend your days with just a minimal expense.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
1 Feb 12
I live in the Philippines so traveling will always be costly even if it is just within my country. But this doesn't affect my plan of visiting two neighboring Asian countries this year and if my visa gets approved, to spend Christmas in the US with my family. I have been working since after high school and I feel that it is high time for me to indulge and see places even if money is hard to come by. My brothers who are now financially capable have agreed to fund these trips because they know how much I have had to give up for myself when I took care of my mother. So I do hope that my travel plans push through and I also hope that it will not cost too much.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
1 Feb 12
You can actually find some pretty good deals on travel when the economy is bad. Tourist locations start hurting and start reducing rates as they try to entice people to spend their money again on travel. I have not heard of Black Island but there are many great deals out there. If you have to fly, the fuel surcharge will kill you. In some cases the fuel surcharge is higher than the actual airfare. Driving or taking a train should be more cost effective. People seem to be taking more local vacations to places they can drive to. The key is to shop around and ask for specials and discounts. Some don't offer you the best price unless you actually ask them - is this the lowest price? Do you have any packages or specials? Do you offer a AAA or AARP discount?
@eljayo (1109)
• Philippines
1 Feb 12
Hi! People can still travel even when finances are uptight. There are flight discounts which you can avail on net. Just be posted because a lot of people are waiting for that promo flights. Stay on a place that is descent but not too expensive. Have somebody accompany you to share the expenses in lodging.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
1 Feb 12
We also have a Black Island in Coron, Palawan, Philippines. I didn't include that in our itinerary when we explored Coron just this January. We only have 2 days for our annual vacation, and it is not enough to explore all the islands. My family makes it a point to go on a local vacation once a year. It is our way of rewarding ourselves for working so hard for the previous year. It is our breather from the stress that we have to deal at work and it inspires us to work harder the next year. We usually bring our toddler son along. I feel that traveling is a good experience to learn about new places and cultures. We usually get seat sale promos offered by local airlines whose travel dates are usually months ahead. I also do my research online and visit some travel forums to get feedback on cheap accommodations and the must-see-places so I can plan our itinerary and save on fares. This way we are able to save up for our trip. One can really travel and still don’t end up being broke.
• Italy
31 Jan 12
black island? i've never heard this place.
• United States
31 Jan 12
I have not heard anything about Black Island but might have to look it up of course. Not sure where you live or anything but going to local places like zoos, parks, museums and that stuff can be fun and cost effiective too becaus your not having to pay for a hotel or anything like that and you can go to a park for a picnic or something like that with your family. I know everyone is trying to stay budget friendly on things incase something does go wrong of course but i wish you the best of luck and have a great vacation on whatever you do.
@cher913 (25899)
• Canada
31 Jan 12
of course it depends on how much you are willing to spend and where you live but the best bet for travel in this economy is a staycation. a staycation is where you stay home or in a hotel locally to where you live and tour the sites that are often overlooked.
• Philippines
31 Jan 12
Yes, I will opt to travel. I do believe that even there is a problem with the economy. We can still travel. Here in the Philippines, there are a lots of Promotion when it comes to travel destination.
@maximax8 (27056)
31 Jan 12
My top hobby is traveling to different countries in the world. I am not going to stop traveling because there is a recession. I still have the same desire to travel and go on at least one overseas trip per year. Last year I took my disabled son and daughter to the Caribbean coast of Colombia. This year we will travel to Argentina and Chile. Our trip is in March and April. I haven't ever heard of Black Island. I have taken my disabled son to Portugal when he was 4 months old. We saw the coast and Lisbon. Then when he was 13 months he went to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Then I was pregnant with my daughter and I took him to Cape Town and the Garden Route in South Africa. He was 20 months old on that lovely trip. My daughter had her first birthday in Victoria on Vancouver Island. These were all superb family trips.