Travel forecast for 2010 – unexpectedly good news!

  • January is traditionally the least expensive travel month of the year (and the coldest!). My suggestion is to stop worrying about removing your holiday decorations and running away for a week in warm sunlight – nip a margarita or two and wring off your toes in the sand. You'll find amazing deals for all-inclusive Caribbean resorts at sites like CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com and TravelZoo.com. In the specific weeks of this winter, you can spend a week's vacation at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic for just over $ 1000 per person including air!
  • January also brings "Wave Week" from the cruise industry. The lowest cruise rates are offered per year during Wave Week offers. Watch websites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com, and Cruise.com for some reduced cruises this winter.
  • It will be very difficult to find a cheaper destination than Las Vegas in 2010. The newly opened resort group (City Center, Trump and Hard Rock), as well as a significant drop in conference business, means that luxury resorts are being cut like never before. You will probably be able to find luxury rooms in Las Vegas at a lower price than anywhere else in the country. Combine a cheap hotel room with all those low cost buffets and stunning theater performances, and you enjoy an unforgettable holiday atmosphere. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find very discounted ticket deals.
  • Any time you travel, resorts and services that you were not able to afford before – you would be pleasantly surprised by how much they are discounted. Five-star and five-star hotels regularly offer a 30-50% discount when staying extra nights. (Stay 2 nights and get 1 night free). Sandals Resorts continue to deduct 65% of their sales until 2010. The resorts are scattered in extras such as complimentary breakfast; children eat and remain free, spa services and even free golf tours. Airlines also have more space at the top. Business and First Class seats will see significant promotions during 2010 as companies develop travel policies that restrict travel to a coach class. It will also be a great time to try using frequent flyer miles for business or first class seats as more seats are opened.
  • Stay tuned for extinguishing Europe with Matt Welcome this spring. With travelers reluctant to make international flights after the Christmas attacker incident, Europe will feel more upset than usual. Look out for sites like Gate1Travel.com, GoToday.com and VacationsToGo.com to offer great prices for trips to Europe. It's also possible to see great prices on European flights. They have a short season to fill their cabins and will work out great special offers to get you on board.
  • There is an increasing trend in housing for holidays is expanding day by day – houses, villas, apartments and apartments for rent per day, week or month. People who were unable to sell their holiday properties were listed in "owner-rented" locations, and as the volume of choices increased, offers and specials were also rising. Check out the deals page at VacationRentals.com to start your search.
  • For anyone with a free spirit who just wants to sleep in bed, the Internet has opened up a whole new world of beds and sofas for rent (and many times for free). The popular CouchSurfing.com is a great place to start – with communities for everyone from college students to retired adventurers.
  • 2010 is very likely to be a great year for road trips. Gas prices are expected to remain fairly stable and airline attitudes will weaken our desire to fly away. It will be a great year for regional bed and breakfast associations and seasonal promotions. For New England, be a member of "Inn Crowd" with deals on NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com. For the West Coast, you'll find great hostels and inns at UniqueInns.com/specials.

2010 will be full of opportunities to meet new people and experience great places. Save your pennies and add some adventure in your life!