The Best Time to Travel is Now

Take advantage of the "dead weeks" to enjoy a winter
week in paradise at a lower cost with fewer crowds!
Now that the busiest travel season is over and the kids are back in school, it's perfect timing for retirees, and others who appreciate less hectic travel and quieter resorts, to take advantage of low travel periods and great bargains.

Traditionally the weeks following Thanksgiving and New Year's, known as the "dead weeks" in the travel industry, experience a great drop in bookings. Airlines offer many fare sales with ticket prices considerably lower than previous months. Check out routes with the most competition and flights to warm weather destinations for the best prices. Resorts (particularly all-inclusive) are also less expensive, as are rental cars.  Packages with flights, accommodations and rental car often save you the most money.

Where to Travel

Someplace Warm

Travelers ready to travel now should look for deals in the warmer destinations such as the Caribbean, desert areas, Florida and even California. Many resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico are all-inclusive and offer major discounts just after the Christmas-New Year's period. Desert areas in and around Palm Springs have warm, sunny weather this time of year and often reduce rates at least until the end of January. Timeshares are abundant in these areas so check with your favorite exchange company or of course for the perfect deal.

Someplace Cold

Ski vacations can also be a good choice during the dead weeks - enjoy good prices and ski without the crowds. Ski bunnies and other cold weather enthusiasts should check with airlines for ski destination specials. Special packages often include airfare, accommodations, and even lift tickets. Ski areas in Canada such as Banff, Lake Louise and Whistler are good choices this time of year. Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe are also possibilities. Timeshares are abundant in these areas and usually located close to the slopes and fun ski towns. 

Best Time to Book

Now that you know about "dead week" travel you can plan ahead, scope out the places you would like to go, check out available timeshares, have vacation days approved by your employer. If you do travel during the holidays, extend your trip by scheduling less expensive vacation travel at the end of your holiday - like a guaranteed recovery time after the main event. Don’t wait too long to book your winter getaway. Flights and other travel costs begin to rise again in mid-February and keep on climbing into the spring and summer.
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