AAA Travel Trends for 2009 - It’s All About the Bargain
Have you ever gone on a trip and wished it cost you less? Or perhaps once you arrived, you wished there weren’t as many people on the same page and on the same trip as you? This year you just may be in luck as today, travel is all about the bargain, which means you can get the best for less. Even better, once you arrive, you may have a wee bit more elbow and breathing room.
So, take advantage of what today’s travel has to offer. Once there, it’s not all doom and gloom and upon your return, you may stop believing that the sky is falling.
It’s definitely win win for those that know how to play. So, pull out your date book and plan your next great escape. Doreen Loofburrow, Director of Travel for AAA Oregon/Idaho, has the top travel trends for 2009, and some practical tips for planning your vacations. Enjoy!
This year more than ever, travelers are looking to get the best vacation they can afford. The travel industry has answered with several value-oriented vacations. Cruises are a popular option. Cruise lines are expanding their offerings and destinations, and lowering their prices. You can cruise for as little as $60 per day, and this includes your accommodations, food, and transportation to ports of call. European river cruising lets you escape the expensive hotel and food rates in Europe by traveling on a river ship. It not only offers an excellent value, but it’s a more relaxing way to get from city to city. And new all-inclusive resorts are popping up at the hottest tourist destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, and with food and beverages all included, there’s no sticker shock when the final bill arrives.
Exploring the U.S. and Canada:
With airfares still fairly high, another popular trend is to vacation in North America instead of Europe or other far away destinations. Washington D.C. is once again a hot destination. (Wait until after the inauguration of Barrack Obama on January 20!) Plan your trip for sometime after January 21 and then explore this historic city. Weekend hotel rates are usually a great value, and the best part is most major attractions, including the Smithsonian Museums, are free. Vancouver B.C. is hosting the 2010 Olympic games and is busy getting ready. You can beat the crowds by traveling in 2009, and you’ll want to visit Whistler, which will host many of the Olympic events. Another popular destination making many of the national "hot lists" is our own Willamette Valley, Oregon featuring many wineries.
Many popular destinations will be "hot spots" in 2009 and you’ll hear people talking about them. Riviera Nayarit just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is just one of these places. This new resort area features many new hotels, including several all-inclusive resorts. Plus there is something for everyone, whether you want to golf, shop, or soak up the sun. With the unfavorable exchange rate in Europe this past year, South America has proven to be a popular alternative destination. Peru’s Machu Picchu will remain hot, and it is still affordable. With the media focus on the Olympics in China in 2008, that country has seen an even greater number of travelers. Plus one of the hottest destinations is a Yangtze River Cruise which is not only a great value but also provides an easy way to see much of the country.
Plan Your Travel with a reputable travel agency:
Planning a trip today can be confusing and time consuming. And the amount of time it might take you to plan your own trip can be overwhelming. A professional travel agent can save you time and money by arranging all aspects of your trip. Plus booking your air, hotel and car together as a package is typically the best way to save. That’s always important, because getting the most for your money is the one travel trend that’s popular every year.