First Published on, Jan 5th 2009 @ 8:30AM

Christopher Elliot, over at Tribune Media Services, reported how 2009 will likely be the year of the "naycation." While Gadling's own writer, Tom Johansmeyer, agrees to some extent that this could be the case, I hope we might be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel. So, the optimist/devil's advocate that I am, I present to you 9 reasons this will be the year of the "YAYcation."

  1. Obama: If The Economist's Global Electoral College is any indication of how the world feels about Obama, then it is a logical assumption that Americans can feel more welcome abroad. With Clinton as the new Secretary of State, and Obama's openness to relations to formerly cold countries such as Cuba, we should explore some uncharted territory.
  2. The economy: The world's ailing economy appeared to be Elliot's main argument for the "naycation," but I beg to differ. If the economy is so bad, then why not invest in an affordable trip abroad? Your money will go farther abroad than staying home and paying for steep electric and phone bills.

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