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How the sequester could hit your travel & vacation plans

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the US Congress was unable to avert the automatic budget cuts of $85 billion, known as the Sequester, President Obama signed them into action just before the weekend. We won’t rant here about who’s fault it is – after all, this is a travel website – but we couldn’t help mentioning a story from The Daily Beast that explains some of the effects these cuts in the federal budget might give.

It turns out, for example, that they could very well affect your summer travel plans negatively. The Daily Beast reports that you “might want to put your vacation plans on hold, as $110 million of the looming cuts would impact national parks across the country. Ranger programs would be eliminated and thousands of visitors would be turned away. For example, Mount Rainier, near Seattle, would be forced to permanently close one of its main visitor centers, while Montana’s Glacier National Park would postpone opening one of its most popular mountain passes.”

Also, flying could get complicated as, the Beast reports, “the Federal Aviation Administration stands to furlough all 47,000 of its employees one day for every two-week pay period. This will result in a reduction of about 10 percent of the FAA’s workforce—people like air traffic controllers—on any given day, leading to reduced and delayed takeoffs, even slower security lines, and fewer flights.”

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The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.