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Vacationing during the Credit Crunch...

As the credit crunch bites in 2009, families are looking at how they can still afford that dream holiday in the sun. In times of recession it is probably even more important to get away from the day to day doom and gloom, and have a really good holiday. The good news is that it is still possible – unravel the package holiday and do it yourself.

You will need to find a vacation villa in the Disney area, book a flight to Florida, arrange car hire, stock up your vacation villa at the local supermarkets, book some park tickets – and enjoy the sun. Simple.

You can book luxurious vacation homes for much less than the cost of a hotel and these holiday properties really are home from home – and more. Most have their own swimming pools and come fully equipped with everything you are likely to need. You will have a large well equipped kitchen, so you can stock up in the local supermarkets and self cater. Most homes have entertainment systems so that children can be kept busy when they have a break from their very own swimming pool.

For British visitors, the cost of the more expensive dollar can be mitigated by looking for an owner of one these holiday homes who comes from the UK and has a mortgage based in the UK. These owners will be happy to take payment for the vacation homes in £ sterling, so this element of your holiday will not cost anymore than last year!

For US visitors, there are many owners who accept payment in $US – and again this element of your vacation will not have risen in cost.

Another surprising benefit from the credit crunch is the falling price of fuel. This makes it affordable to drive in the US. So for visitors from nearby states in the US, and for those who need to fly, the cost should not have risen. The falling demand for airline seats has brought the price of flights back to levels seen a couple of years ago.

You can save on the cost of visiting parks by booking tickets from sites such as this, which allow you to purchase multivisits at a discount.

If you need to hire a car when you get to Florida, you will find that rental costs compare favourably with other areas of the US. By booking in advance through this website, visitors from the UK can book with a £25 deposit, and it’s far simpler with fewer confusing insurance and tax additions to pay on arrival.

So cheer up – that holiday is still possible. You can even feel good that by spending on your holiday you are doing your bit for the world economy.

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