Although the snow is still falling in many parts of the U.S., snowbirds have been planning to warm up in the Florida sun during Spring Break. On Sunday, the Sun Sentinel reported that the $85 billion budget cuts that were signed by Obama on Friday is just in time for Florida’s busy season. Airfares will go up and if you’re flying into Florida there may be delays as the government places millions of federal workers on furlough beginning next month; including air traffic controllers, Customs inspectors and TSA screeners.
How will the sequester affect you if you’re not a federal worker or in the tourism industry? Well, probably more than you think. It’s the trickle affect. As organizations and agencies cancel conferences and conventions, hotels, restaurants and retail stores will bring in less income, which means their employees will work fewer hours. Fewer work hours mean smaller paychecks; people will be spending less and only spending on necessities, including traveling less themselves even if driving to other vacation destinations.