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Worried About Traveling During the Recession?

Only a tiny portion of the US population is not feeling the pressures of the current economic recession. Even those of use with jobs, can't help but wonder, "for how long?" If you are one of the millions of people who are worried that you can't afford a summer vacation, don't worry, I have some economical travel ideas for you.

Even with current discounts, hotels and air travel are expensive, especially if you are you are going outside the US. Forget flying - driving can be just as fun, if not more so - take an old fashioned road trip. The US has tons of stuff to see, for all types of people. W have sprawling cityscapes, spectacular national and state parks, theme parks for the kids, and great historical landmarks. so go ahead, rent a car, or an RV (save on lodging costs) and take in all that our great country has to offer.

Don't want to be stuck in the car for long periods of time? No worries - take a camping and/or hiking trip. The US has some of the best campsites and hiking trails in the world. Most of the state and national parks that I mentioned above have great places to camp and hike. Pack up your backpacks, grab your sleeping bag and camping gear and enjoy the outdoors.

Not big on driving or the outdoors? Take a train. Though our rail system is not very good, when compared to most other industrialized nations, it can still offer a cheaper way to travel to large cities. If you are traveling along either coast, the train system is pretty decent, so go ahead visit New York, D.C, Boston, San Francisco, L.A or Seattle.

Do all of the above options not spark any interest, or are still too expensive? Try a "staycation". If you live in a larger city, find a decent hotel with a good last minute deal, take a few days off, get out of the house, and go relax.

The point is, there are many ways to spend your summer vacation. If money is an issue, don't worry too much, and get creative. If you have any other alternative summer travel ideas, please reply and post them here.