Here is Some Good News For Travelers from USA
2015 is a new year. And while this is too late to publish a new year post, we would like to share 1 thing that new year brings - renewed optimism. As we all know, eternal optimism is a trait in us humans which refuses to be dulled. If there is 1 emotion stronger than fear, it is hope.
This hope is present in many of us. Hope that 2015 will be a better year for USA, in regards to jobs, the economy, peace and social equality. Hope that 2015 will bring good news for us all. The initial impressions look good. The dollar is getting stronger, the job numbers have improved and so has investment, and as a result, the economy is getting stronger. Looks like this will be a year of good news after a long time.
If you are a traveler, we have even better news. TripAdvisor has reported that the cost of international hotels for US travelers has reduced by an average of 7% year-on-year. This has occurred for multiple reasons. Some of which include the strengthening dollar versus other currencies, other countries offering discounts to encourage tourism and the increase in competition from vacation rentals. The biggest drop in costs has been witnessed in Europe, according to the site. While US travelers will find great savings opportunities for savings in Europe, they will also find similar opportunities when traveling to Asia, South Pacific and Africa, they believe.
Number and statistics suggest that, on an average, hotel rooms range between $100-119 per night in France as compared to $118-$138 per night in USA, implying that hotels in Europe are indeed less expensive than USA. Plus metasearch sites like TripAdvisor and vacation rental sites like AirBnB should be useful in helping you find better deals for accommodation in Europe. Whether you decide to go skiing in the Alps or exploring the breathtaking architecture of Italy or Barcelona, affordable hotel rooms and vacation rentals will now let you go easy on your pocket. Plus with the dollar strengthening, shopping, eating and touring in Europe will become even more affordable. If you are a traveler living in USA, this doesn’t just hold true for Europe, but Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean too. Apart from regular travel, this is good news for luxury and medical tourists also. Plus let’s not forget the savings for organizations when they send employees abroad for a seminar or sometime to handle their operations.
Going abroad means spending time away from some loved ones. Unless, of course, you are indulging on a family vacation, which is a great way to strengthen the bond among yourselves. Even then, there are certain people whom you will want to keep in touch with. For times like these, free online calling apps come in handy. Simply download them on your device (these free online calling apps work on most smartphones, tabs and laptops), located your nearest WiFi centre using WiFi Finder (if there isn’t one in your hotel) and you are good to make international calls (audio and video). You can make free international calls if the person you are trying to contact has the same app as you. If not, you can make international calls at really low rates directly to your contact’s number, as if you were placing a regular call. The only (positive) difference is that you save up to 85% on phone bills versus if you had to make international calls the conventional way. Plus, people who want to call you can make cheap calls to Europe using these same apps from USA or other destinations. While calling patterns may differ for Europe, the ability to make cheap calls to Europe ensures that people who want to stay connected with you on your vacation also are able to do so.
So go ahead and take that overdue vacation. More than 40% US residents had not taken a vacation in 2014, which is a massive number. Every vacation brings with it methods to de-stress, rejuvenate yourself and rekindle your connection with family and friends.
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Ramanujan Sahay is a Digital Evangelist he has been writing articles on international calling apps on Android, App store. He is expert on online app promotion for telecom, social networking since last 8 years and is an open networker.