Travel forecast for 2010 – unexpectedly good news!

  • Traditionally, January is the cheapest travel month of the year [and the coldest month!]. My advice is not to worry about taking the holiday decorations and just running away in the warm sun for a week – or one or two margaritas, then sc toes on the beach. You can find great deals on all-inclusive Caribbean resorts on sites like CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com and TravelZoo.com. In the selected weeks of this winter, you can spend a week in Mexico or the all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic for just $1,000 per person, including airline tickets!
  • January also brought the “wave week” of the cruise industry. Traditionally, the lowest cruise price for the year is available during the Wave Week promotion. Stay tuned to sites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com and Cruise.com to get some of the most discounted cruises this winter.
  • It will be very difficult to find a destination that is cheaper than Las Vegas in 2010. The combination of the newly opened new resort [city center, Trump and Hard Rock], coupled with the sharp decline in the convention and exhibition business, means that luxury resorts are being discounted at an unprecedented price. You are likely to find luxury Las Vegas rooms that are cheaper than the rest of the country. Combine the cheap hotel rooms with all these low-cost buffets and spectacular stage performances for an unforgettable vacation. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find a discounted performance ticket.
  • No matter where you travel, you can't enjoy the price of resorts and services – you may be surprised by how much they are discounted. Four- and five-star resorts usually offer a 30-50% discount when you stay one night. [Free for 1 night for 2 nights, etc.] Sandals Resort continues to sell its 65% discount to 2010. Children can dine and stay for free, enjoy spa treatments and even play golf for free. There is more room at the top of the airline. As the company develops a travel policy that limits business and business class seating, business class and first class seats will increase significantly in 2010. As more seats are open, this is the perfect time to try to get your business class or first class seats with your frequent flyer miles.
  • Watch out for the launch of Europe with a matte glow this spring. After the Christmas bomber incident, Europe will be squeezed more than usual because passengers are reluctant to travel abroad. Keep an eye on sites like Gate1Travel.com, GoToday.com and VacationsToGo.com to provide great value for European travel. We may also see amazing prices on European cruises. They have a short season to fill their cottage and they will perform special offers to get you on board.
  • The growth trend of holiday accommodation is expanding day by day – rents for houses, villas, apartments and apartments will increase by day, week or month. People who cannot sell their vacation properties list them in the “owner's rental”. Sites, and as the number of choices increases, transactions and special offers escalate. Check the trading page on VacationRentals.com and start searching.
  • For anyone who has the spirit of freedom and wants to sleep alone, the Internet opens up a whole new world of rental beds and sofas [a lot of time is free]. The popular website CouchSurfing.com is a great starting point – they have a community of college students to retirement adventurers.
  • 2010 is likely to be an important year for road trips. Gasoline prices are expected to remain fairly stable, and the airline's attitude will curb our desire to escape. Listen to the Regional Bed and Breakfast Association and note that seasonal promotions will be a good year for harvest. For New England, the deal on the NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com website becomes a member of the "Inn People". For the West Coast, you can find beautiful hotels and hostels at UniqueInns.com/specials.

2010 will be full of opportunities to take risks and meet new people and experience the wonderful places. Save your pennies and add some adventure to your life!