Threat Of War Has Some Changing Travel Plans
Posted March 10, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. — While the potential of war may make some people fearful about traveling out of the country, some travel agents say people are still traveling, but just changing their destinations.
Wade Pope and his wife are heading to Brazil on a missionary trip. The threat of war has not made them think twice about whether traveling far from home is safe.
"Really, we feel like we are supposed to go to Brazil at this time because of our mission with the churches we've established down there, and I feel very comfortable. No apprehension. No fear," Pope said.
Travel agents say that is the attitude of many clients. Vacationers are not canceling as many trips as agents thought they would. Instead they are choosing destinations closer to home rather than to Europe or anywhere near the Mediterranean.
"We are seeing great deals and a lot more interest in the Caribbean, U.S. destinations like Alaska, Hawaii -- those kinds of places," travel agent Andy Holloman said.
Vacationers are avoiding Europe to such a great degree that Princess Cruise Lines pulled one of its ships from the Mediterranean for the summer. Instead, it will be in the Caribbean.
Holloman said fears about Europe have also led to incredible fares.
"You can fly there for less than you can fly to Los Angeles, so the cost to go on a trans-Atlantic European trip can be as little as $200-$250," he said.
Holloman said cruises to the Caribbean are not that bad either. He said you can go for as little as $60 a day on a seven-night package.