The ailing economy is fueling some unusual and unprecedented deals at hotels, restaurants and attractions and sparking some hard-to-ignore airfare sales.
Some of those offers are so enticing that you may feel like a “vulture tourist” just by taking advantage of the great deals. But hospitality experts say don’t worry too much about that: when times are bad, whatever you spend will be appreciated. And besides, when times are good, prices will quickly go back up.
So I’ve been eating out a lot more lately and taking a few extra plane trips. And, as I explain in my most recent Well-Mannered Traveler column on MSNBC.com, I have lots of company.
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For those fortunate enough to have a job and money, these are great times for bargains, and not just for travel and dining. You bet I’m going to take advantage of it – without an ounce of guilt. Airlines, restaurants, and store owners will be more than happy to jack up their prices when the economy improves. I refuse to buy anything unless it’s on sale. And if it’s not, then I ask for a discount, and walk away if my offer isn’t accepted. My only concern is that I’m going to go broke taking advantage of all of the deals!
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