- January is traditionally the cheapest travel month of the year (and the coldest!). My suggestion is to stop worrying about putting down holiday decorations and simply run away for a week in the warm sun – drink a Margarita or two and rub your toes in the sand. You will find amazing deals for all-inclusive Caribbean resorts at sites like CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com and TravelZoo.com. On select weeks this winter, you can rest a week at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic for just over $ 1,000 per person, including air!
- January also brings Wave Week from the cruise industry. The lowest cruise fares of the year are traditionally offered during Wave Week promotions. Keep a close eye on sites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com, and Cruise.com to cruise deep discounts this winter.
- It would be very difficult to find a destination cheaper than Las Vegas in 2010. The combination of new places that are just opening (City Center, Trump and Hard Rock), coupled with a dramatic decline in conventional business, means that luxury resorts are discounting like never before. You will probably be able to find luxury rooms in Las Vegas at prices lower than anywhere else in the country. Combine a cheap hotel room with all those low-cost buffets and spectacular stage performances, and you’ll create an unforgettable vacation. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find deep discount tickets.
- Wherever you travel, with affordable resorts and services you could never afford before – you might be pleasantly surprised at how much they are being discounted. Four and five star resorts regularly offer 30-50% off when you stay the extra nights. (Stay 2 nights get 1 free, etc.) Resort sandals continue at 65% off sales in 2010. Resorts throw in extras like a free breakfast; kids eat and stay for free, spa services and even free golf rounds. Airlines also have more space at the top. First-class business and corporate headquarters will receive major promotions during 2010 as corporations set travel policies limiting travel to coaching classes. It will also be a great time to try to use your frequent miles of transportation to get seats in business or first class as more seats will open.
- Make sure Europe throws out a welcome mat this spring. With travelers reluctant to travel internationally after the Christmas bombing incident, Europe will feel more bitter than usual. Keep an eye out for sites like Gate1Travel.com, GoToday.com and VacationsToGo.com to offer fantastic rates for trips to Europe. We are also likely to see incredible prices on European cruises. They have a short season to fill the booths and will be showing great specials to bring you on board.
- There is a growing trend of holiday accommodation expanding day by day – houses, villas, apartments and apartments for rent for the day, week or month. People who failed to sell their vacation properties listed them on “Owner Rentals”; websites, and as choice increases, offerings and actions escalate. Check out the offers page at VacationRentals.com to get started.
- For anyone with a free spirit who just wants a bed to sleep in, the Internet has opened up a whole new world of beds and couches for rent (and many times for free). The popular website CouchSurfing.com is a great place to start – they have communities for everyone from college students to retired adventurers.
- 2010 will very likely be a big year for road trips. Gas prices are expected to remain fairly stable and the airline’s attitudes will alleviate our desire to fly away. It will be a great year to adjust to regional breakfast associations and keep an eye out for seasonal promotions. For New England, become an “Inn Crowd” member with offers on the NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com site. On the West Coast you will find wonderful inns and lodges at UniqueInns.com/specials.
The year 2010 will be filled with opportunities to go out and meet new people and experience beautiful places. Save your penny and add some adventure to your life!