With 401ks zapped and layoffs mounting faster than your latest Twitter update, sure, there’s plenty of reason for anxiety. Just about every segment of the economy is suffering, even Mickey and Minnie.
Many people are choosing to abbreviate or abandon their vacations altogether, according to USA Today, citing a report by D.K. Shifflet & Associates and IHS Global Insight that Americans will travel 9.7 percent less in April and 9 percent less in July, August and September.
With negative outlooks like this, there’s a tendency to buy into all the paranoia, but you don’t have to.
You could just choose to be a smarter traveler. Hundreds of vacation home owners need renters right now, and teasing bargains. From Florida rentals to Caribbean vacation homes, the deals are available.
If you’re 99.7 percent sure that your job won’t be spared in the next round of cuts, now is definitely not the time to be syncing up your vacation plans. But if your job is somewhat secure and you had already arranged to take that time off anyway, you may as well go for it.
Accept the bad news–just don’t let it consume you. And definitely don’t cancel that badly needed, well-deserved getaway.