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10 Best Places to Travel in a Recession

By Bob Levin on July 26th, 2011

Categories: The Travel Debunker

As a matter of fact, recession has put everyone in a constrained position with limited money available to afford the luxury of traveling. During a stressful time of recession, one would say it is the perfect time to take a vacation and be away from where you are to feel refreshed and stress free, but then reality hits us with the cost associated with traveling. However, there are some places which make it possible for us to travel even with limited financial freedom. The top 3 places to visit are:

1. INDIA: With an average flight cost of $880, average hotel price of $100 and average daily spending of as low as $12 a day makes India a viable travel option. A weeklong stay in India would cost an average of approximately $1700 per person. At such comparatively low prices who wouldn’t want to avail the opportunity of visiting a culturally-rich country with breath-taking historical and religious sites. Moreover, the location is perfect for any individual who wants to taste the spicy Indian food that tantalizes the taste buds.

2.  AUSTRALIA: With the financial crisis that invaded the entire world, dollar gained the advantage of having many foreigners flocking to the U.S currency which consequentially made some of the pricey dream vacation destinations comparatively cheaper; Australia being one of them. There has been a drop of approximately 28% in the Australian currency making traveling less expensive than before for individuals who dreamed of going to Australia. The round-trip ticket costs an average of $1400 which compared to other locations is rather expensive but Australia lovers or individuals dreaming of visiting Australia should avail the opportunity of traveling at less expensive rates.

3. ICELAND: Before the recession hit the world, Iceland was one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe. However, now that the currency has gone down 51% since the recession, Iceland has become affordable and one of the most popular vacation destination. A round-trip ticket costs starts from as low as $500, initially which was above $1000, and high-end hotels can now be rented for $60. Iceland provides tourists with all kinds of activities starting from skiing to horse-riding for adventure-loving travelers to high end bars and clubs for night-life loving tourists.

Other places to visit even during the time of recession are:

4. MALAYSIA: The average cost of 7-day stay at Malaysia is $2,217 with average flight cost of $1000, average hotel prices of $145 and cost per day of approximately $150.

5. THAILAND: A weeklong trip to one of the friendliest countries in the world would cost an average of $2208. With an average flight expense of $1270, hotel prices of $112 and everyday mid-range budget cost of $134, Thailand is among the most attractive travel destinations.

6. EGYPT: To visit some of the most attractive places in Egypt such as Dahab, it only costs and average of $1250 for a 7 day trip. Average flight cost is $600, average hotel price is $75 and average cost per day is less than $100 dollars.

The other options and their average daily cost for food and accommodation are:

7. PERU – $25

8. ECUADOR – $34

9. PORTUGAL – $44

10. HUNGARY - $70

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Should I Buy Travel Insurance?

By Bob Levin on July 19th, 2011

Categories: The Travel Debunker

When on vacation nobody should have to worry about the consequences or the cost of something going on. It is an understood fact that individuals are more prone to uncertain and unpredictable situations when they are in a foreign country. Travelling is not a fun experience if you are weighted down by the worry of the possibility of danger or the cost incurred due to some unexpected incident. The stress of being in an anxiety-stricken situation is enough when encountered with ill-fate let alone being further hassled with the thought of the cost that is associated.

Basic travel insurance covers the following expenses which could be incurred during travel:

  • Cancellation cost: the expense incurred when cancelling a flight, but with valid reason, is almost or completely covered.
  • Missed flight expense: in situations when a flight is accidentally missed, the expense of re-scheduling or the fine of missing the flight is covered.
  • Loss of baggage or personal belongings: usually, the biggest worry is the loss of baggage or personal belongings such as money or credit cards. If such incident takes place, the travel insurance recovers what is lost or at least covers some amount of the lost wealth or belongings.

Basic travel insurance covers the following emergency medical expenses:

  • Emergency medical treatment expense: it is the coverage of cost associated with getting medical treatment, the amount of which is usually limited.
  • Emergency medical assistance expense: the cost incurred when receiving medical assistance in emergency situation.
  • Personal accident expenses: if involved in an accident which leads to possible death or disability, a small proportion of insurance is received in that case. Limited amount of disability assistance expense is covered as well.
  • Hospital benefits: if in any case, there is a requirement to check into a hospital and receive medical benefits, the cost of staying for example is covered.
  • Medical flight: a proportion of cost associated with transportation in case of medical emergency, be it local or international, is usually covered.

Some other costs such as legal expenses are also covered by travel insurance. There are various travel insurance packages to select from. It is essential to research on the different options and policies regarding travel insurance. Different travel insurances cover different amounts of cost and medical or travel expenses. Some might not cover medical flight costs or might just offer to recover 25% of the lost belongings. Various travel insurances target specific kind of people, group of people or travel situation and provide expense coverage in accordance to their specific need. Most common types are business travel insurance, family travel insurance, cruise travel insurance, single trip travel insurance, and worldwide travel insurance. Most companies have now started to include travel insurance for their employees to take advantage of while travelling. Despite the fact that mostly travel insurances are preferred or considered by adventurous or frequent travelers, but individuals and families should also realize the benefits of travel insurance to enhance travelling experience.

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How to Find the Best Airfare Deals

By Bob Levin on July 5th, 2011

Categories: The Travel Debunker

When in search for the best airfare deals there is no one particular site which will provide you with the best of the best possible deals regardless of their promising claims. The fact is that it requires extensive research on your part to find the airfare deal which best suits your travel situation and needs. There are various factors which resultantly determine the cost of the airfare such as travel time and days, kind of travel and the location of travel, to mention a few, therefore, research concerning every factor will facilitate you in consequentially finding the best airfare deals.

Starting off with the basics, the best way to find good airfare deals is to visit airfare websites. There are three kinds of airfare websites namely aggregator sites, booking agency sites, and official airline webpage. Aggregators search up on different airfares of different airlines free of charges and instead make money through on-site advertising and affiliate hotel deals. Booking agency websites offer various airfare options and on booking charge a small sum of money in addition to the airfare. They act as middlemen between the customers and the airlines and often offer various additional discount packages which otherwise cannot be availed. Then there are official websites of airlines which provide the customers with various travel packages which best caters to their needs. Usually the additional cost of booking through an agent is saved. Out of the three kinds of websites, no one can say which one is better as, depending on the needs and the kind of travel package required by the customers, these websites have different deals to offer. Travel group might get a better deal from the booking agency website than from aggregator or official airline websites.

The timing of the purchase of the ticket also determines the kind of airfare deals you will be offered. Booking or purchase of the ticket months prior to the day of travel mostly saves you a lot of money. For example, during vacation period, the airfares rise extensively as demand increases, booking prior to the increase in demand makes it possible to purchase tickets at lower prices. Another way to find the best airfare deals is to search up on different nearby airport locations. Especially if you are travelling within country it is often wise to keep into consideration various destination locations. It may be cheaper to land at an airport nearby the desired location and travel to the final destination by bus or taxi instead of directly flying to that location. Moreover, depending on the location from where you are flying it could be possible to find better deals if you flying from a nearby alternative airport.

All it takes is research and knowledge of various websites which offer airfare deals and usually facilitate easy and better decision making. In the modern world of today there are endless possibilities to realize and opportunities to avail which can be discovered simply by spending some time online.

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