Debt and not travel on the minds of summer vacationers

Monday, July 1st 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Whether it is by plane, or car, more people are going on summer vacations this year. That's despite all that's happened since last summer, including terrorism and the poor economy.

News on Six reporter Rick Wells says it may seem hard to believe, but a survey commissioned by Ameridebt, the credit counseling folks, says just over half of us are planning a summer get-a-way, that's more than last year. The survey also said American's fears center more on debt and job security, than terrorism.

That's not altogether surprising since a credit counseling company sponsored the survey. Let's focus on vacations. The President has told us to live our lives; lets assume that reassurance gets us in traveling mood. Here are some travel saving tips from Consumer Reports. Look for last minute deals; assume it’s never too late to go somewhere. Don't obsess on cheap airfares; a place to stay usually costs more. Try public transportation when you get there. Always check for discounts, you may be eligible for one.

Do-it-yourselfers can check on-line for some good deals, if you're not that confident, someone like Karen Chastain could do the bargain shopping for you. "Las Vegas is a big destination that celebrates the 4th, they always have a lot of great hotel packages at the last minute." She has been in the travel business for 20 years and she says things are pretty good right now.

"Everybody says now is not the time to travel with September 11th, it is." She says there are bargains everywhere, like a two-for deal to Hawaii.

"You buy your airfare, your hotel and your hotel includes the price for 2 people, but they will go ahead and give you a round trip free from Tulsa, for your companion.