- January is traditionally the most expensive travel month of the year (and the coldest!). My suggestion is to stop worrying about getting your holiday decorations and just get away for a week in the sunshine – drink a Margarita or two and scratch your toes in the sand. You'll find great deals on all-inclusive Caribbean resorts at sites like CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com and TravelZoo.com. In the selected weeks this winter you can rest for a week at a comprehensive resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic for just over $ 1000 per person, including air!
- January also brings the "Wave Week" from the cruise industry. The lowest cruise prices of the year are traditionally offered during Wave Week promotions. Keep a keen eye on sites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com and Cruise.com to catch some deep discounted cruises this winter.
- It will be very difficult to find a cheaper destination than Las Vegas in 2010. The combination of newly opened resorts (City Center, Trump, and Hard Rock), coupled with a dramatic reduction in congressional business, will says luxury resorts are coming down like never before. It is likely that you can find Las Vegas luxury rooms for less than anywhere else in the country. Combine a cheap hotel room with all those low-cost buffets and spectacular stage performances, and you have the products of a memorable vacation. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find deep discounted show tickets.
- Wherever you travel, price resorts, and services you've never been able to afford before – you might be surprised to find out how much they are discounted. Four- and five-star resorts regularly offer 30-50% discounts when staying extra nights. (Stay 2 nights get 1 free etc.) Sandals Resorts are continuing their 65% off sale in 2010. Resorts are throwing in extras like the complimentary breakfast; kids eat and stay for free, spa services and even free rounds of golf. Airlines also have more space on top. Business and first class places will see major promotions during 2010 as corporations set travel policies that restrict travel to the coach class. It will also be a great time to try using your frequent flying miles to get Business or First Class seats as more seats will be open.
- Look for Europe to accept the welcome mat this spring. With passengers ready to embark on international trips following the Christmas bomber incident, Europe will feel the pinch more than usual. Keep an eye out for sites like Gate1Travel.com, GoToday.com and VacationsToGo.com to offer terrific Europe travel fares. We will also see fabulous prices on European cruises. They have a short season to fill their booths and they will be running great specials to get you on board.
- There is a growing trend of holiday accommodation that is expanding during the day – homes, villas, condos and apartments for rent during the day, week or month. People who have not been able to sell vacation properties have listed them at & # 39; For Rent By Owner & # 39; sites, and as the volume of elections grows, deals and specialties also escalate. Check out the deals page at VacationRentals.com to begin your search.
- For anyone with a free soul who just wants a bed to sleep on the internet, the internet has opened up a whole new world of rental beds (and many times for free). The popular CouchSurfing.com site is a great place to start – they have community for everyone, from college students, to retired adventurers.
- 2010 will most likely be a great year for road trips. Gasoline prices are expected to stay fairly stable and airline attitudes will weaken our desire to fly away. It will be a great year to join regional bed and breakfast associations and look for seasonal promotions. For New England, become a member of the "Inn Crowd" by agreement on the NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com site. For the West Coast, you'll find great hostels and lodges at UniqueInns.com/specials.
2010 will be filled with opportunities to venture up and meet new people and experience great places. Save your pens and add some adventure to your life!