I’ve been running my own little impromptu poll recently to see what people’s travel plans are for this year’s holiday season. They seem to be split right down the middle between those who are hunkering down at home and those that are going away. The interesting thing I’ve noticed is that those who are traveling are casting much further afield than I would have expected. I’ve heard Europe, Australia even South America bandied about as their destinations.
The big question on everyone’s mind right now is should I travel or should I wait? I’m going to weigh in and advise you to travel. The U.S. economy is in turmoil which means (1) your dollar is gaining strength against many currencies worldwide and your buying power is coming back baby; and (2) American businesses need your help. The best thing you can do this holiday season is book tickets on an American carrier, stay in a U.S. hotel, and eat locally at mom and pop restaurants. I know I’ve given this advice before, but it bears repeating. If we’re going to get out of the mess we’re in we need to support one another.