7 Places that are Cheap Now
There is still time to make that dream vacation a reality. Take advantage of the warm weather! Check out these seven affordable destination ‘hot’ spots.
First on the list;
Orlando, FL – A great place for Family fun, Orlando is a regular front-runner on Hotwire’s Travel Value Index (which annually evaluates cities based on their rates, available “discounts, affordable entertainment and overall appeal”). While pricey Disney World is the main attraction, Orlando does feature a variety of cheaper — and even free — attractions. O-Town’s hotel and airfare rates haven’t dropped since this time last year, but the city’s already low prices continually allow thrifty travelers to stretch their vacation budget. And as the new school year draws nearer, more deals become available for last-minute getaways.
Chicago, IL – Late summer and early fall is a great time to visit the Windy City: The summer tourists are packing up and heading out as the notorious Midwestern winter gets ready to hit. According to Hotwire’s Year-Over-Year analysis, Chicago’s hotel rates have dropped nine percent since this time last year. And since Virgin America began air service to the city in May, airfare is experiencing a drop as well (prices fell eight percent since last summer). Plus, as the warm-weather convention season comes to a close, Chicago will boast great deals for leisure travelers.
Riviera Maya, Mexico – Eastern Mexico is entering its annual tourism slump; most tourists are deterred by high temperatures and frequent rainfall. However, travelers who visit in August and early September can skirt the sprinkles while nabbing excellent deals to some of the country’s most popular destinations, including Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. According to Hotwire, hotel prices have dropped eight percent since 2010, with five-star rooms going for $135 a night, on average. And you can find flights from the U.S. for as low as $250. And to top it all off, you won’t have to pay a cent to enjoy this region’s miles of soft sand and Caribbean Sea views. So what are you waiting for, pack your bags and start enjoying the great deals.
Aspen CO – Aspen’s reputation as a high-end ski destination means warm-weather travelers can find great discounts. Hotwire’s Year-Over-Year analysis shows that average hotel rates have dropped 12 percent since last summer while airfare has experienced a four-percent dip. If your planning a longer stay or have a larger group excited to explore all Aspen has to offer, then why not take a look at some vacation home rentals as well. And the best of the Rockies — outdoor activities like hiking and biking — won’t cost you a penny. For those of you planning a September trip, make sure to pack your camera: This is when the region’s numerous aspen trees don their golden autumn foliage.
Phoenix, AZ – Like Orlando, Phoenix is frequently listed on Hotwire’s Travel Value Index due to its consistently low summer and fall rates. Tourists generally steer clear during these months, frightened away by the Valley of the Sun’s triple-digit temps. But air conditioning is never hard to find, and September will bring about more temperate weather. While this year’s hotel prices mimic last year’s — averaging $55 a night — plane tickets have experienced a six-percent drop over the past 12 months. Investors and second home owning snow birds are happy to rent their beautiful homes and condos for less money as well. Make sure you do your homework and search for vacation rentals in AZ. Remember the deals won’t last long; Phoenix is quickly approaching its high-season, preparing to welcome cold-weather escapists.
Victoria, British Columbia Canada – The increasing strength of the Canadian dollar has prompted our northern neighbors to travel abroad more often than they did before. This developing trend has driven hotel prices down in Canadian cities like Victoria. In fact, Hotwire’s Year-Over-Year analysis shows that room rates in the British Columbia city are down 10 percent since last summer, While vacation rentals are holding strong as a great alternative for a longer stay while touring British Columbia. But bargains aren’t the only reason Victoria makes our list: The city boasts expansive beaches, massive parks and a lively central square, all of which are free to explore. So plan a family outing, grab a large vacation rental, stretch out your legs and relax in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia Canada.
Atlanta, GA – The Big Peach is known for having some of the best discounts around. And although the summer and early fall are prime times for business and group travel, many hotels still boast remarkably low prices. Since there hasn’t been a significant decrease in room rates since last year, a night in Atlanta costs only $62 on average. You can always find sweet deals on vacation rentals as the summer comes to an end. Airfare has dropped a significant seven percent over the past 12 months. Plus, some of the city’s most popular sites — including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Piedmont Park — are completely free to visit. Get a plane ticket, a vacation rental and get to the beach!