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Travel Predictions for 2010 – unexpectedly good news!

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  • January is traditionally the least expensive travel month of the year (and the coldest!). My suggestion is to stop worrying about taking your holiday decorations away for a week in the warm sun: Drink a Daisy or two and roll your feet in the sand. Find great deals for all-inclusive Caribbean resorts at CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com, and TravelZoo.com. In select weeks this winter, you can spend a week’s vacation at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic for just over $ 1,000 per person, including air.
  • January also brings Cruise Industry “Wave Week”. The lowest cruise prices of the year are traditionally offered during Wave Week promotions. Stay tuned for sites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com, and Cruise.com to snag some deeply discounted cruises this winter!
  • It will be very difficult to find a cheaper destination than Las Vegas in 2010. The combination of new complexes (City Center, Trump and Hard Rock), together with a dramatic reduction in the convention business, means that the centers luxury are discounted like never before. . Chances are that you can find luxury deluxe rooms priced lower than anywhere else in the country. Combine a cheap hotel room with all the low-cost buffets and spectacular scenic shows. In addition, you can enjoy a memorable holiday. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find deeply discounted show tickets.
  • From any time you travel, prices and services you could never afford, you might be surprised by the amount of discounts. Four- and five-star resorts regularly offer 30-50% off when you stay overnight. (2 nights stay with 1 free). Sandals resorts continue to decline from 65% until 2010. Complexes offer additional services such as free breakfast; children eat and stay free, spa services and even free golf courses. Airlines also have more margin at the top. Business and first-class seats will see major promotions in 2010 as corporations establish travel policies that restrict travel to the class of coaches. It will also be a great time to try to use your frequent flyer miles for business or first-class seats, as more seats will be open.
  • Watch out for Europe being welcomed by the bully in the spring. If passengers are reluctant to embark on international travel following the Christmas bomber incident, Europe will feel more than usual. Stay tuned to sites like Gate1Travel.com, GoToday.com, and VacationsToGo.com for great travel prices in Europe. We will probably also see great prices on European cruises. They have a short season to fill their booths and they will do a great promotion for it.
  • There is a growing trend in holiday accommodation that is expanding by day – houses, villas, condos and apartments to rent for day, week or month. Users who were unable to sell their holiday property have included them in their “For Rent By Owner” sites, and as the volume of choices increases, so do their bids and deals. Check the VacationRentals.com deals page to begin your search.
  • For anyone with a free spirit who just wants to sleep, the Internet has opened a whole world of rental beds and sofas (and often times for free). The popular site CouchSurfing.com is a great place to start – they have communities for everyone, from college students to retired adventurers.
  • 2010 is likely to be a great year for road trips. Gas prices are expected to remain fairly stable and the attitude of the airline will diminish our desire to fly. It will be a great year to tune in to the regional breakfast and breakfast associations and take care of seasonal promotions. For New England, become a member of the “Inn Crowd” with offers at the NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com site. On the West Coast, you will find great lodging and accommodations at UniqueInns.com/specials.

2010 will be full of opportunities to venture into new people and wonderful places. Save your pennies and add some adventure to your life.

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