Friday, February 20, 2015

WARM GETAWAY FANTASIES CAN COME TRUE!

With the area firmly in Old Man Winter's icy grip, now is the time to fantasize and even act on the urge to visit warmer climes.  Not only can this help you with deal with the doldrums of the season, it may also lead to a great vacation deals to spots you always dreamed of visiting!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when searching for that warm get-away:

DON'T LIMIT YOUR SEARCH TO AIRLINES WEBSITES.  In the age of smartphones and tablets there are multiple apps and websites that offer last minute packages at reduced rates.  Visit popular sites such as Orbitz, Travelocity or Hotwire.

SHOP IN THE EARLY MORNING WITH YOUR COFFEE.  Check travel sites first thing in the morning when you get up - the lowest fares are usually posted around 2 am for the savvy traveler to snatch up.

VISIT SITES THAT RE-SELL HOTEL ROOMS.  Most hotels will drastically slash their prices at a certain time of the day - an occupied room at a low rate is much more profitable than a vacant one for a few.  Hotels.com is a great site, so are Kayak.com and Priceline.com.

THINK SHORT AND QUICK.  Not all satisfying trips have to be over week - a mid-week break can be just as much fun!   Travel is usually light on Tuesdays and Wednesday, so leave out then and return on a Saturday evening - giving you all of Sunday to relax and recover before the start of the following work week.

READ THE REVIEWS, NOT THE STARS.  You can reduce the cost of a trip if you are willing to go three stars instead of four or five.  Use the feedback from past customer experience as a guide - some low ratings may  be due due to a vengeful customer with an bitter ax to grind.

STAY DOMESTIC.  Although hot and sunny Jamaica and the Caribbean is your fantasy, Gulf Coast destinations are much warmer than the frigid temps of the north.  Check out private guest houses listed on regional tourist board/bureau sites, or search local bed-and-breakfast options near popular Gulf Coast destinations - Google can be your new BFF!

The above tips can help you see what's available, and may surprise you with the results.  After all, isn't the person you should really be spoiling - is YOU?