- January is traditionally the cheapest (and coldest!) Travel month of the year. My suggestion is to stop worrying about taking your holiday decorations and running away for a week in the hot sun – sip a Margarita or two and rub your toes in the sand. You'll find incredible deals for all-inclusive Caribbean resorts on sites like CheapCaribbean.com, AppleVacations.com and TravelZoo.com. During certain weeks this winter, you can spend a week's vacation in an all-inclusive resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic for just over $ 1,000 per person, plane included!
- January also brings "Cruise Week" to the cruise industry. The lowest cruise prices of the year are traditionally offered during Wave Week promotions. Keep a close eye on sites like VacationsToGo.com, TravelZoo.com and Cruise.com for low-priced cruises this winter.
- It will be very difficult to find a cheaper destination than Las Vegas in 2010. The combination of new complexes that have just opened (City Center, Trump and Hard Rock), coupled with a dramatic reduction in convention activity means that Luxury resorts are offering discounts like never before. It is likely that you can find luxury rooms in Las Vegas cheaper than anywhere else in the country. Combine an inexpensive hotel room with all these cheap buffets and spectacular stage shows, and you have the makings of a memorable vacation. Be sure to visit TravelZoo.com to find very discounted show tickets.
- Wherever you travel, prices for resorts and services that you have never been able to afford before – you may be pleasantly surprised at the amount of their discount. Four- and five-star resorts regularly offer 30-50% discount when staying extra nights. (Stay 2 nights, get 1 free, etc.) Sandals hotels continue to sell their 65% discount in 2010. Hotels offer extras like free breakfast; kids eat and stay free, spa services, and even free golf. Airlines also have more room at the top. Business class and first class seats will see big promotions in 2010, with companies setting travel policies restricting coach class travel. It will also be a great time to try and use your frequent flyer miles to get business class or first class seats as more seats will be opened.
- Watch Europe to put out the welcome mat brilliantly this spring. With passengers reluctant to make international trips after 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 fantastic prices for trips to Europe. We will also likely see fabulous prices on European cruises. They have a short season to fill their cabins and they will organize great promotions to get you on board.
- There is a growing trend in vacation accommodation that is increasing day by day – houses, villas, condos and apartments for rent by the day, week or month. People who have been unable to sell their vacation properties have listed them on the “ For Rent by Owner '' websites, and as the volume of choices increases, offers and special offers are also increasing. Visit the offers page on VacationRentals.com to begin your search.
- For everyone with a free spirit who just wants to sleep in a bed, the Internet has opened up a whole new world of beds and sofas for rent (and often for free). The popular CouchSurfing.com site is a great place to start – they have communities for everyone from students to retired adventurers.
- 2010 is very likely to be a great year for car travel. Gas prices are expected to remain fairly stable and the attitude of airlines would curb our desire to soar. It will be a great year to connect with regional bed and breakfast associations and monitor seasonal promotions. For New England, become a member of "Inn Crowd" with offers on the NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com site. For the west coast, you will find magnificent inns and lodges at UniqueInns.com/specials.
The year 2010 will be filled with opportunities to venture out and meet new people and discover wonderful places. Save your pennies and add adventure to your life!