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Travel forecasts for 2010 – unexpectedly good news!

  • January is traditionally the cheapest travel month of the year (and the coldest!). My suggestion is to stop worrying about taking off your Christmas decorations and just run away in the warm sunshine for a week – drink a margarita or two and scratch your toes in the sand. On websites like CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com and TravelZoo.com you will find incredible deals for all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. On selected weeks this winter, you can vacation for a week in an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic for just over $ 1,000 per person including flight!
  • January also brings “Wave Week” from the cruise industry. The lowest cruise prices of the year are traditionally offered during Wave Week promotions. Keep an eye on websites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com and Cruise.com to secure some heavily discounted cruises this winter.
  • It will be very difficult to find a cheaper destination than Las Vegas in 2010. The combination of new resorts just opening (City Center, Trump and Hard Rock) and a dramatic reduction in convention business mean that luxury resorts are getting discounts like never before. It is likely that you will find deluxe rooms in Las Vegas that are cheaper than anywhere else in the country. Combine a cheap hotel room with all these cheap buffets and the spectacular stage shows and you have what it takes to have an unforgettable vacation. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find discounted show tickets.
  • Wherever you go, price resorts and services you have never been able to afford – you may be pleasantly surprised at how much discount they have received. Four- and five-star resorts regularly offer a 30-50% discount if you stay additional nights. (Stay 2 nights, get 1 free, etc.) Sandals Resorts continue their 65% discount on 2010. The resorts offer extras like a free breakfast. Children eat and stay for free, wellness offers and even free rounds of golf. The airlines also have more space at the top. Business and first class seats will receive major promotions in 2010 as companies set travel policies that limit travel to the bus class. It’s also a good time to try using your frequent flyer miles to earn Business or First Class seats, as more seats are open.
  • Make sure that Europe brings out the welcome mat with enthusiasm this spring. Since passengers are reluctant to travel internationally after the Christmas bomber incident, Europe will feel the crisis more than usual. Look out for websites like Gate1Travel.com, GoToday.com and VacationsToGo.com to offer great prices on trips to Europe. We will probably also see fabulous prices for European cruises. They have a short season to fill their cabins and they will offer great specials to get you on board.
  • There is a growing trend in vacation rentals that is increasing day by day – houses, villas, condos, and homes that are rented by the day, week, or month. People who have been unable to sell their vacation property have listed them on the “For Rent by Owner” websites, and as the selection increases, so do the offers and specials. Check the VacationRentals.com offer page to begin your search.
  • For those with a free mind who just want a bed to sleep in, the internet has opened up a whole new world of beds and couches to rent (and often free of charge). The popular CouchSurfing.com website is a great place to start – they have communities for everyone, from college students to retired adventurers.
  • 2010 will most likely be a big year for road trips. Gas prices are expected to remain fairly stable and airline attitudes will dampen our desire to fly away. It’s going to be a great year to adjust to regional bed and breakfast associations and watch out for seasonal promotions. For New England, become a member of the “Inn Crowd” with offers on the NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com website. On the west coast you will find beautiful inns and lodges at UniqueInns.com/specials.

In 2010 there will be many opportunities to meet new people and experience wonderful places. Save your penny and bring adventure into your life!

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