|Dead Weeks. The first two weeks of December, and the week following New Year’s Day, are known within the travel industry as “dead” weeks. Because most people are staying home making preparations for the holidays, hotels and planes are much emptier than usual. Providers are scrambling to fill rooms and seats, so good deals abound.
Deals. Thanksgiving week is a great time to head for Europe or the Caribbean islands. This is fall shoulder season for them, and the prices are very friendly to American travelers. Pascarella checked out www.go-today.com, Funjet Vacations, and www.bedandbreakfast.com all of which had some great Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s vacation packages in popular European cities. Even more last-minute sales should start showing up as the holidays grow closer.
Smaller Crowds. Because most Americans do prefer to stay home, you will experience smaller crowds. You and your companion may be the only ones on the beach, you won’t have to get up early to snag a poolside chair, and you can get a reservation at that swanky restaurant with little lead time.
Timing-Focused Bargains. If you’re willing to travel on the day of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s, you can often get a better price for your airfare. Test this yourself by playing around with the dates on your favorite search engine travel site.
Built-in Vacation Time. Many Americans automatically get time off around the holidays. There are school vacations, government recesses, and many private companies close for the week between Christmas and New Year’s. If you are in this situation, you won’t have to use as many of your annual vacation days.
Tempted? Now would be a good time to lock in one of those bargains!
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