Terrorism threats and war worries have combined with economic uncertainties to cause many Kentuckians to alter vacation plans.
Tourism-dependent spots, such as Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Florida, have found that would-be vacationers are having second thoughts. Florida, a favorite destination of many locals, had a record number of tourists last year, but they spent less than in the past.
So what’s a winter-weary person to do for a getaway or for minimal cost? There’s been a surge in camping, according to outdoors equipment stores and campground operators.
A spokesman for Kampgrounds of America says its resort-like sites are getting many new campers, especially those who favor such amenities as hot showers and miniature golf. The organization recommends reservations and offers a Web site, www.koa.com.
If travel funds are low, consider camping out with the kids in the back yard, or play local tourist. Call your nearby Chamber of Commerce or Kentucky Parks Department, (800) 255-7275, for suggestions.
There has also been a boom in “togetherness vacations,” or several generations getting together to reminisce and swap old photos.
Keys to making a generational vacation a success are: advance planning, finding a place that offers a variety of activities, both on-site and off, for all ages, and amenities such as a microwave and dishwasher so the adults don’t become “kitchen slaves.”
There’s Internet help available at www.FamilyReunion.com
If you go abroad
Still keen to cruise the Caribbean or go to Europe despite the uncertainties and tragedies of the world?
Some European governments are countering anti-American demonstrations by rolling out music itineraries to Germany and “Visit Britain” ads on U.S. television.
The Claridge Hotel in London has a Web site special at $285 a night compared with normal rates of $504 to $822 a night. The Hotel Savoy in Prague has special rates starting at about $205, compared with regular rates of $330 and up.
The Internet is a good source for last-minute bargains:
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