The purpose of this assignment is to find the less expensive places to travel, and to try to convince you not to go to that expensive destination that you are thinking about.
There are three major costs associated with travel: transportation, food, and lodging. Transportation can be further subdivided into the cost of traveling to the country and the cost of traveling within the country. Costs associated with in-country travel, as well as food and lodging, will vary between countries based on the purchasing power of our currency.
The purchasing power of the US dollar has declined considerably. While this reduces the cost of our exports,it increases the cost of travel. Traveling to Western Europe is now very expensive. While the Euro may be overpriced relative to the dollar, other currencies are underpriced. The Big Mac index is a one way of determining differences in the purchasing power of a currency.
For this assignment, you'll be looking at various online resources to determine the least expensive places to travel. Determine the least expensive place in the eastern and western hemispheres. Use a multi-site airfare search (Orbitz, Kayak) to determine the least expensive airfares from Omaha to a city within the chosen country. What would be the overall cost for a three-week trip?
Finally, what do you think of this statement from Leffel:
You'll learn far more than you ever did at a university.
Remember the old days when people got a liberal arts education? They went to Oxford or Princeton to learn about history, politics, social studies, geography, religion, foreign languages, and economics. Well you'll learn far more about all those things by traveling than you ever can in college. Ask anyone in their 30's how much they remember about these subjects from their university classes. "Not much" will usually sum it up.
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GEOGRAPHY 3000: Travel Study in Geography Peterson