It is no secret that traveling is a luxury. Except for business travel and emergency trips travel is really just a way for us to engage in life's pleasures. Because of this, many people cut traveling out of their to-do list when the United State's economy took a turn for the worst. On average people are earning less, have weaker job security and the value of the United States dollar has significantly dropped. You can however, still travel as long as you're willing to do it on a budget. Here's how:First and foremost you need to do your research and consider all of your options. Don't just expect good deals to come your way, you're going to have to dig to find them. You also need to be willing to think outside of the box. Don't just automatically jump to the typical tourist attractions, there are a lot of less traveled to locations which offer plenty of beauty. It's a good idea to find out which countries have been hit especially hard by the most recent financial crisis and consider vacationing there. Some of these countries include Iceland, Greece, Portugal and Ireland, all of which offer travelers exciting experiences. Because these countries have experienced a recession, the US dollar remains fairly strong there. If you travel to other countries you may find that the exchange rates work against your favor. Moreover these countries really need the money tourism brings in so they're likely to offer deals on airfare and hotel amenities. For some good tips on traveling to these countries on a budget look to Kelli Grant's recent article in the Wall Street Journal, "Travelers Find Deals Amid Financial Crises".Also consider what time of year it is cheapest to travel. May through August is peak travel time so consider traveling in the winter months instead. If you like warm weather travel to the southern hemisphere in the winter and you'll be doubly rewarded with summer weather. Once you've decided upon when and where you want to travel, start scouring the internet for deals.
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