• Posted:Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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Summer trips more affordable than ever

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Summer trips more affordable than ever
The financial problems being seen around the world have affected pretty much all of us in some way, but it seems in many cases there have been some positive benefits.

One of the effects of the situation has been all sorts of changes to the value of currencies - which of course are an important consideration for anyone planning trips abroad.

Travel website Expedia has now released a report on the changes that have taken place in the way we plan, with longer holidays noted as one of the major shifts that have taken place.

According to its Trendwatch study, more than a third of summer breaks are now four to six days long - up from just over a quarter last year. This could be because Europe in particular is becoming more affordable - with Americans finding that the dollar is strengthening and flights to places like Paris and Rome are down by around 26 per cent.

With this in mind, it could be a great time to be looking at hostels in Europe, as you can combine budget accommodation with cheap travel to really make the most of any trip. And if you're panicking that you haven't left enough time to book, fear not! Expedia found that a growing number of people are leaving it until seven to 13 days before jetting off to actually firm up their plans.

This follows an observation by head of aviation at Travel Counsellors Darren McCormick, who recently said that more people than ever are opting for last-minute deals.

And with general manager of Expedia Tim McDonald stating that "summer vacations have never been more affordable", why not think about checking out somewhere new?

Sam Buckley
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