Travel forecast for 2010 – Unexpectedly good news!

  • January is traditionally the cheapest travel month of the year [and the coldest!]. My advice is not to worry about putting down your holiday decorations and running away in the warm sunshine for a week – drink one or two Margaritas and then lick your toes on the beach. You can find amazing deals on all-inclusive Caribbean resorts on sites like CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com and TravelZoo.com. In the weeks selected this winter, you can spend a week in Mexico or the all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic, costing more than $1,000 per person, including air!
  • January also brought the “wave week” of the cruise industry. Traditionally, the lowest cruise price for the year was offered during the Wave Week promotion. Keep an eye on the sites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com and Cruise.com to get some discounted cruises this winter.
  • Finding a cheaper destination than Las Vegas in 2010 will be very difficult. The combination of newly opened new resorts [City Center, Trump and Hard Rock], as well as a significant reduction in conference business, means that discounts on luxury resorts have never been seen before. You may find that the price of a Las Vegas luxury room is lower than anywhere else in the country. Combine a cheap hotel room with all the low-cost buffets and spectacular stage performances for an unforgettable vacation. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find discounted tickets for the show.
  • No matter where you travel, there are price resorts and services that you have never afforded before – you may be pleasantly surprised to find out how much they have been discounted. Four- and five-star resorts offer a 30-50% discount on extra stays on a regular basis. [Free 2 nights for 2 nights, etc.] Sandals Resorts will continue to enjoy a 65% discount until 2010. The resort is investing in additional services such as free breakfast; children can enjoy free spa treatments and even play golf for free. Airlines also have more space. Business class and first class seats will see large promotions in 2010 as the company has a travel policy that limits travel to the coaching class. It is also a good time to try to use frequent flyer miles to get business or first class seats, as there will be more seats open.
  • This spring, please note that the European launch welcomes matte. After the Christmas bomber incident, passengers are reluctant to take international travel, and Europe will feel more pressure than usual. Keep an eye on Gate1Travel.com, GoToday.com and VacationsToGo.com for excellent prices for travel to Europe. We may also see the amazing price of European cruise ships. They have a short season to fill their cottages and they will run great features to get you on board.
  • The trend of holiday accommodation is growing – residential, villas, apartments and apartments are rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Those who are unable to sell vacation properties have listed them on the “Leasing by Owners” website, and as the number of choices increases, transactions and specials will also be upgraded. Check the trading page on VacationRentals.com to start searching.
  • For those who only want a bed to sleep free spirit, the Internet has opened a brand new bed and sofa rental world [and many times free]. The popular site CouchSurfing.com is a great starting point – they have a community for everyone, from college students to retirement adventurers.
  • 2010 is likely to be an important year for road trips. Natural gas prices are expected to remain fairly stable, and the airline's attitude will curb our desire to fly away. It will be a great year to listen to the regional bed and breakfast association and watch seasonal promotions. For New England, become a member of "Inn Crowd" and trade on NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com. For the West Coast, you'll find gorgeous hotels and hostels at UniqueInns.com/specials.

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