Spring Break Travel Savings
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Everyone seems to be on a tighter budget these days. Many families are looking for effective ways to trim back or manage costs so they don’t miss out on a much-needed opportunity to get away and relax, recharge and refresh.
And the news for travelers is good right now – Travelocity.com reports that the cost of many trips is down from 2009 prices.
Here are some tips to help you maximize your spring vacation dollars.
Choose a high value destination. Some cities have seen air fares and hotel rates decline over the last year. These include New York City, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and many destinations in the Southeast, such as Orlando. Look for destinations with bargain attractions, too. Frommer’s has named Washington D.C. its top destination for 2009 – from the Smithsonian museums to national monuments, almost every major attraction is free.
Take advantage of hotel packages. Many hotels are now offering great incentives for family travel. For example, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is offering a Spring Break 1, 2, Wheee! deal in the U.S. and Canada, now through June 15. This offer includes 33 percent off each night of a three night stay and a coupon from T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants. A package deal like this one, plus free daily breakfast at the hotels, adds up to taking a spring break getaway for around $200.
Consider city passes. Larger cities and major tourist destinations often sell passes that get you into multiple attractions. In addition to saving some money over the cost of purchasing individual attraction tickets, passes can save you time by letting you skip long entrance lines. The Go San Diego Card, for example, gets you into 40 attractions, including The San Diego Zoo, Legoland, the Birch Aquarium and 18 museums.
Hit the road. According to Travelocity, the average domestic airfare from U.S. departure cities costs $338 this year. That’s down from last year, but may still be too much for some travelers. So, pack up the car and take a road trip. Some of the more popular destinations for 2009 are: Las Vegas, Orlando, South Florida, Phoenix, Fort Meyers, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington D.C.
There are a lot of ways to save on spring travel this year. Do some research, find those great deals and plan a great getaway.
For more information about affordable destinations, and to start planning your trip, visit countryinns.com/springbreak2009.
With more than 465 locations, primarily in the Americas, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is a leading select service hotel brand that features residential-style architecture and comfortable, home-like design concepts including a fireplace, central staircase in its lobby and an in-hotel guest lending library. The brand is part of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, a global hotel company that encompasses five hotel brands and is a leading authority in leisure and business travel.
Courtesy of Family Features