Traveling Internationally

May 24th, 2008 by Mariah

Currency exchange rates across the 21-country European Union are prompting international travelers to look elsewhere this summer. More people are traveling internationally, but where they are going is different, says Amy Ziff of Travelocity, the online travel agency. Summer bookings for countries where the euro is used such as Spain, France and Italy are 15 percent lower than last year, while bookings are up 16 percent for Eastern European countries that don’t use the euro, she says. American Express’s international travel bookings for this summer so far are ahead of last year, with significant growth in China, South America, Hong Kong, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, says Mona Hamouly, spokeswoman for American Express Travel. If you are traveling to Italy consider staying at the Venezia Bed and Breakfast or the L’Antico Pozzo or the Albergo Rivamare or the Boscarello Bed and Breakfast just to name a few.