It may be less than appropriate to rejoice in the misery of others. But are you sure you shouldn’t rejoice when the said misery results in ultra cheap travel deals like you’ve never seen before?
If you’ve been looking for summer vacation packages on the Internet and in the papers, you’re likely to find that anything to Europe starts at $1000 just for the airfare per person. And then there are the expenses do with staying there and food. Choose to go to places that have been particularly hard hit by the financial crisis of 2008, places like Iceland, Ireland, Portugal or Greece, and it feels like you’ve entered a time warp. Suddenly, your $1000 buys you not just a return trip to a European holiday destination, it also buys you a week in a great hotel. Try a place like Paris or Rome, and you have to pay about $250 a night just for the hotel alone. And these prices are even rising. Try the same kind of hotel in Athens, and you get the same kind of hotel about $125 a night (and it’s falling every week). Buy a package trip to Ireland, and you get for $800, return air tickets, and hotel and car rentals, all included. These are countries that are in desperate financial straits and they want as many tourists coming in as possible. If you don’t feel too guilty about taking advantage of the misery of others, these cheap travel deals to economically distressed countries could be your opening.
Traveling internationally on holiday without one of these cheap travel deals today can be an expensive affair. The euro is quite strong as compared to the dollar; the exchange rate can play havoc with your budget. And all air tickets are more expensive because of high oil prices. Buying one of these packages could be your answer to today’s inflated holiday prices.
Consider a holiday in Greece. They’ve had crooked governments mis-managing their affairs for years and they are tens of billions of dollars in debt. There were violent riots because of inflation and unemployment last year and tourists began to drop off. That’s your recipe for a cheap travel deal. To make Greece more attractive to tourists, the government has made it cheaper for foreign aircraft to land and take off from Athens. And hotel taxes have been slashed too.
Iceland has a reputation for being priced out of most tourists’ budgets. Only about six years ago, just going out and getting a drink could cost you $30 in Reykjavik. The country was buffeted by terrible inflation and poor financial management practices. That’s when the financial crisis of 2008 took the country down. They have debt problems and bailout loan problems as well. They’ve really gone all out to draw tourists to their frozen shores ever since, and they’ve succeeded. Prices have fallen (even if they are still is expensive as they might be in London or Paris) and visiting the country can be really inexpensive.