In times of economic crisis such as that which are occurring today, people are panicking. Sure my online trading account has lost me more money in the past year than I care to disclose. And, yeah, that IRA that was “guaranteed” to make me a millionaire many times over by the time I am 59½ is now floating in the cities human waste recycling plant next to my stock portfolio. But anyway, what good is bitching going to do? What good does it ever do? So, the only thing we can do is to accept it and try to live our lives to the best of our ability. Which brings me to the point of this rant…traveling.
With what money you have left, or with whatever you can scrape together, go on a vacation. Sitting at home worrying isn’t going to make you money, and the stock market is about as reliable as putting your money into any game in Vegas. You need to travel, get out of the house and see something besides the financial ruin of your country.
Let go of that notion that you don’t have the money for it, because you never have money for the rest of the useless crap you buy, and you end up bringing it home anyway. Besides, with all of the businesses going bankrupt at the moment, you are destined to find yourself a good deal. It’s a buyers market, take advantage of it. Companies love throwing incentives at you when they need to show the stockholders a quarterly economic increase.
I suggest you begin by checking online travel companies for deals they have found. Try searching Orbitz.com or Expedia.com and look for a vacation you would like and just see how much cheaper it is. Then, call you favorite travel agent and see what offers they might have. You should even consider calling the airline, hotel, or cruise company directly and see what deals they have. These hospitality corporations are smart; they realize that with the recession in full stride that people are going to be stashing their money for the winter in the safest mattress they can find. Yet, they also realize that if they don’t want to go bankrupt like Circuit City, they are going to have to make you an offer you can’t refuse.
Do your research and find out who has the best deal. Also, if you are a past guest, remember to inform these places of your travel experience and see if that can help you get a better deal. A vacation will do you some good. Cash in that stock portfolio, call up the sexy temptress that flirts with you every day at work, leave your significant other at home, and travel. In order to get the best rate possible for your nearing vacation, be sure to inform the sales person that you plan on pissing away money like Nicole Richie on a coke binge – provided that they give you the best bang for your buck. The almighty dollar might not carry the weight it used to, but companies are still trying relentlessly to get their hand on as many of them as they can. Use this to your advantage and take a break from your life.