2011 Travel Forecasts

The 2011 travel forecasts are in and the pundits have made their lists and their predictions. Learning about what prices are going up or down, and which destinations are viewed as the most popular, may help you decide where to spend your timeshare vacation this year.

Travel guru Arthur Frommer says that overall, Americans are prepared to spend more on travel in 2011, which is a good thing because American Express reports that domestic economy airfares will increase 2-6%.

Rental Cars
Travel North America reports that rental car prices will go down 1.5 - 2%, so, once you get to your destination, you can save money seeing the sights.

American Express says that it expects North American hotel rates will rise 1-6%, and rates for hotels elsewhere will increase 1-10% percent, depending on the location. For timeshare owners, this is most likely why you purchased a timeshare in the first place – getting a pre-paid vacation at rates you locked in. The good news is that those who do not own a timeshare can rent one from its owner using an online timeshare marketplace. Travelers will find that timeshare rental can be up to ½ off the cost of renting hotel rooms.

Popular Destinations
TripAdvisor.com’s survey of more than 3,000 U.S. travelers named these vacation activities as the most popular for 2011:
  • Visiting a historic site, 85%

  • Visiting a museum, 73%

  • Visiting a national park 46%

  • Attending a festival, 43%

  • Hiking, 42%

With all this information, where will you vacation this year? We welcome your comments below.

(Photo credit of Historic Sites - nps.gov/nr/)
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