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Salt Lake City, Utah / Steve Greenwood

When times are difficult and the economy is weak, certain extracurricular activities seem to fall by the wayside. With gas prices high and the buying power of your dollar diminishing, it sometimes seems as if it's no longer affordable or even feasible to take a vacation. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are many deals and discounts available to us throughout the nation that could help make family vacations more affordable for those in uniform.  

 

Travel is important. Not only is it good for all of us to get away, it’s also the one of the largest industries in the United States. Our country depends on it. In addition, the New York Times recently reported that travel is not just a luxury; it’s also good for your health. Turns out that people who travel more frequently have fewer heart and health problems. Traveling is also educational for your family. Saint Augustine once said “The world is a book, and those that do not travel read only a page.” If those reasons are not incentive enough to take your family on a vacation, I don’t know what is.  

 

There are great deals available when you know how to find them. As a 13-year veteran of the travel industry and with the help of my husband who is a world traveler, we know all the ins and outs and would like to share with you a few industry secrets. We will also research popular tourist destination and find out what offers they have for the military and/or government employees. We aren’t the only ones feeling the hit of the weak economy.  Many popular tourist destinations are also desperate to attract our business. Because of this, many are offering deals that are too good to pass up.