1. Travel deals sites like… Dunhill Travel Deals – if you visit their site now through Cyber Monday you are going to find travel companies offering incredible travel deals for 2020. For example, you can save up to $1,000 on a Sandals resorts or visit Italy for 10 nights w/ airfare for just over $1000. If you want to get great deals on travel year round, sign up for Dunhills Travel Deals’ newsletter. See dunhilltraveldeals.com.
2. Hotel Groups – InterContinental Hotels Group – During their Cyber Sale, which runs until Dec 17th, you can get 20% off at Intercontinental and participating hotels like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, – for travel now through 2020. Also if you are an IHG Rewards Club member, you can save up to an additional 10% at participating locations around the world. Head to IHG’s Cyber Sale page (IHG.com/CyberSale) to find deals.
3. Resorts – like… Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, boasting an eco marine habitat, a waterpark, casino and more. Between now and December 2, Atlantis offers their Five Days Of Savings – where you can view the website each day to uncover a different offers from 35% room savings, up to $600 resort credit or a complimentary night, 5th night free and more. If you book to be there on December 30, Atlantis will welcome the Jonas Brothers for an exclusive performance (tickets are still available)
4. Amusement Parks – like… Discovery Cove, Orlando – A great option if your looking to book something for the whole family. If you book between now and Dec 2nd, you get can up to a 40 percent savings on reservations. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort with animal encounters – where guests can do everything from swim with dolphins and snorkel among tropical fish to hand-feeding exotic birds. Book online at DiscoveryCove.com.
Fall travel is beautiful for many reasons…you can enjoy walking around without screaming summer heat or freezing in winter winds. Fall also means more fall foliage and less crowds. Above all, it is ‘shoulder season’ in terms of grabbing great deals on flights and accommodation this is your best bet. According to one of the world’s largest digital travel companies – booking.com – there are a whole bunch of destinations that are less expensive during the fall months as opposed to the most expensive times of the year. For example, travel to San Diego in October and receive 24 % savings or travel to Niagra Falls in New York State in October and receive 38%. Booking.com also finds that almost half (48%) of global travelers said that they plan on taking a family vacation in 2019 – so family trips are clearly becoming a popular option in the upcoming months. However couples or single travelers will also find plenty of deals out there for fall travel.
Given that the northeast gets some of the most aesthetically beautiful weather, consider staying close to home and visiting New Hampshire, CT or taking advantage of NY city break. Hotels like The High Line Hotel in NY, are a great option for families – with their annual Halloween Dog Costume Parade held on Oct 27th featuring face painting and more, and the hotel’s “urban pumpkin patch” courtyard where parents can grab fall themed cocktail’s at Ingo’s in the garden or take advantage of the hotel’s ‘Pumpkin Service, Bottle Service’ – where a master-pumpkin-carver will make your custom design come to life on a pumpkin — all while you sip on a bottle of bubbly!
Looking to go a bit further? Travelers really looking to save money should consider places that are typically associated with summer vacation like Southern CA for example. Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a preferable example to fly into, being approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California…with direct flights on Jetblue that fly into and out of JFK. So if you’re looking for a less stressful experience and want to beat LA traffic, it’s a great option. Southern California is known for its beautiful beaches, stoic mountains, beautiful landscapes, amusement parks and those famous beaches like Huntington and Venice, which will all have great weather with less crowds this time of year.
What about booking ahead for thanksgiving? Holiday travelers should make their plans now and begin booking their flights for Thanksgiving asap. Flying in the Monday before Thanksgiving is looking to be the cheapest day to travel before the holiday, Maintaining a degree of flexibility will help you, as well as tracking your ideal destinations with flight tracking apps which can notify you when the best time to book is based on a fare drop.
Now is the time to book your holiday plans. We are coming to the end of ‘shoulder season’ in terms of grabbing great deals on flights and accommodation – especially if you plan on taking your family away. According to Booking.com, one of the largest digital travel companies, almost half (48%) of global travelers said that they planned on taking a family vacation in 2019, so as the demand for these kinds of trips has risen, so have the options – especially as we head into the busy holiday season. Booking.com is also offering it’s own Black Friday sale which will feature tens of thousands of deals at properties across the globe, starting at 40% off, with book by dates extending to Cyber Monday.
Travelers really looking to save the most amount of money should consider places that are typically associated with summer vacation like Southern CA for example. Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a preferable example to fly into, being approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California…with direct flights on Jetblue that fly into and out of JFK. So if you’re looking for a less stressful experience for the family and want to beat LA traffic, it’s a great option. Southern California is of course known for its beautiful landscapes, amusement parks and those famous beaches, and of course that year-round sunshine!
Those looking for more of a resort experience should consider a vacation rental, especially if traveling with extended family. Booking direct, at ReunionResort.com you will get the “Real Reunion Difference,” at their Kissimmee properties, where guests can enjoy unlimited access to all resort amenities every day of their overnight stay, with no extra costs or restricted schedules. Of course, Central Florida during the holidays is one of the top vacation spots to visit, and for many booking a vacation home where everyone can stay under one roof and have additional amenities, such as private kitchen or private pool – makes a real difference.
And what about those looking to do something outside the box? Consider having a guided vacation company help you out. Trafalgar Family Experiences prides itself on being the antidote to “I’m bored,” with a range of hands-on experiences the whole family – from learning to be a Gladiator in Rome to horseback riding in Montana or zip lining in Costa Rica. Trafalgar actually found that the overwhelming majority of parents admit they would rather cancel Christmas to travel, so this is a great way to keep everyone happy while making personal connections and once-in-a-lifetime memories. The best part is that they take care of all the planning from hotel accommodations, to dining reservations.
Ultimately where you decide to travel is up to you – this isn’t only place things like this happen (for example – re the the incidents of methanol poisoning in Costa Rica, there have been other recent outbreaks in India, Norway Turkey and more)
You cant let stories like this change your generalized view of a destination – but keep yourself up to date and educated as a traveler ALWAYS. Keep yourself up to date with what is going on in a destination and be sure to vet reviews of resorts and destinations to know your risks of traveling there.
Be adventurous but also sensible with what you ingest or drink in another country (especially medication) and if you have any doubts stick to what you KNOW is safe. To ensure you’re not ingesting any liquid that has been packaged under poor or unhygienic conditions,- turn the bottle upside down and see how the bubbles rise. You should never drink any beverage that contains unidentified particles or sediment. Also if the price seems too cheap to be true, it probably is – be mindful of cheap, discount products.
Check your health (screen) before you go and understand fully any risks both from your own previous health conditions and anything that you could come into contact with when there and react to.