Travel Spending in a Down Economy

Money Magazine's recent survey highlighted shifting financial values in the current economic crisis.  While many of us are rethinking spending habits and the importance of various choices, travel continues to be a high priority. The "where" of travel may be shifting for the moment to emphasize lowering expenses, but it's importance hasn't diminished.  It appears that taking trips for rest and recreation in a shaky economy is even more necessary to maintain personal balance - no surprise to this psychologist!  

The current travel mode emphasizes briefer, closer to home vacations, with an eye on deals and discounts.  You might consider camping vacations, long weekend special offers that are driving distance and heavily discounted packages.  Remember, the down economy also affects the travel industry.  The bargains they offer serve to keep them afloat.