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ERIC Number: EJ789392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-1
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
The World on a Shoestring
Feldman, Louise
Library Journal, v133 n4 p54-57 Mar 2008
Just over 50 years ago, Arthur Frommer demonstrated the affordability and accessibility of European travel for everyone with the publication of his groundbreaking "Europe on $5 a Day." Today, the market is saturated with a plethora of travel resources (print, web, and video) that cater to those who do not want to break the bank in order to satisfy their wanderlust. It is clear that budget travelers are no longer just backpacking students armed with Eurorail passes. Despite a weak U.S. dollar and a slowing economy, Americans still have to take their two weeks of vacation, but increasingly many cost-conscious families and individuals want more bang for their bucks, exchanging expensive trips for more authentic and affordable travel experiences. To save money, many Americans are planning trips to less-expensive domestic and international destinations where their money will stretch further. An October 12, 2007, "USA Today" report ("As Dollar Falters, Travelers Hunt for Bargains") identified current budget travel hot spots as Mexico, South and Central America, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, and Eastern Europe. Thus, depending on patron demand and interests, libraries should provide a varied collection of series titles, even though this may appear at first glance too duplicative. This article presents a bibliography that addresses budget travel basics, highlights the major guidebook series, covers niche travel, and recommends some of the best web travel sites.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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