Local travel – fun ways to overcome a challenging economy

With the tough economy we now find ourselves in, some amount of stress is to be expected. After all, we are humans with dreams, goals and plans. Yet stressors can be challenges that encourage you to think outside the box and to be innovative, quite like how entrepreneurs are powered by challenges.

Take holidays and getaways, for instance. It seems that these are “luxuries” that are the first to be removed from our budgets when times are tough. Yet vacation and travel plans have been a part of our lives since, well, forever. We go to Disney World and on cruises for our children’s summer breaks. We talk to our kids for ten months about where we are going to this summer. We plan with our significant other a romantic getaway. We dream of solo time to rejuvenate. We build up our plans about what we’ll be doing and where we’ll travel.

With all the struggles that we face today in a challenging economy, being creative is something that we have to do in order to not give up the “luxuries” that make life so special. One thing we can appreciate is all the things that can be seen and experienced locally. Traveling doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive. Many local businesses offer lower prices in order to meet the demands of this environment. They also offer local resident discounts. And of course, nature, always provides fun and entertainment.

It just takes a bit of creativity to continue having fun without spending lots of money. After all, some of the best things in life are free or cost very little and offer a great ROI. Why not start planning your camping trip for next year even during this crazy winter spell? It will not only help you plan and save at the same time, it will bring up wonderful memories and get your mind off the frozen blizzard that has covered the nation. Another great idea for spring and summer or for warmer days is to explore the local state park. Many are now enjoying the snow that has covered their home towns. Now that’s being creative without blowing your budget!

The lost art of spending the day at the local river or lake fishing can be refreshed and renewed. While the children are home on Christmas break, take a trip to the library or tour your area via the Internet and have everyone plan the next getaway. Just planning the vacation together is fun in itself plus it’s great entertainment while being snowed in and cabin fevered. The bottom line is that travel, fun and memories (a.k.a. “luxuries”) of a lifetime do not have to evaporate because a tough economy.


About Stephane Manos

Stephane Manos has developed several online companies. While working as an online entrepreneur, he fell in love with the sales aspect and recruited some of the best clients and affiliates the companies have ever had. The fun, he found was in building the connections and relationships. One of Stephane's top qualities is being able to motivate. He found a passion in motivating others which in return motivated him. Happy colleagues and clients would send word-of-mouth referrals and increase traffic to his online businesses. Teamwork is something that Stephane promotes. The focus is not on self or individuals but in working as a team to reach the same goals. It is his role as a leader to lead the team by example. Currently, his interest is in real estate investments and financial investments. He is now looking into emerging markets such as the Middle East. He also believes some of the better deals can be found in certain parts of the United States. Many distressed buyers are looking to liquidate. Developing new online businesses, purchasing commercial and residential real estate, and developing rentals has led him to travel around the world. Stephane Manos contributes a portion of his time and earnings to charitable associations and philanthropic groups. His charities are: -Children's Telethon -AHEPA brotherhood and Shriners -REVIVRE Bipolar Support Assocation
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