With the economy being in rough shape and so many people having to watch their budget, the hospitality industry is being forced to find better ways to encourage people to travel, and what better way than to lower their prices? Last week when I was doing research for an article about an upscale ecolodge in Belize I went onto their website to check their prices. When I compared their rates for 2011 with those for 2012 I saw that the price per day for a couple in their most modest cottages had gone down by $50. Not only that, but they also had put together several discount packages that will enable their guests to save even more money.
If I owned a hotel, bed and breakfast, holiday resort or any other such accommodation, I would rather have half of my rooms filled every night for a lower price than most of my rooms empty at their full price. That is why now may be the best time for travelers to find cheap holidays. It’s easy to do the research using internet search engines. Just enter a phrase such as “Belize resort discount packages” or “special deals all inclusive Cancun 2011” or whatever kind of an experience you’re looking for.
Not sure what you want? Discount airlines such as Allegiant Air has at least half a dozen special deals that they are now advertising on their website. Some of the best are package trips to Las Vegas that include airfare and a hotel, and they are discounted at 20% off plus you get free vouchers for meals or other valuable perks.
Speaking of saving money on vacations, with the U.S. dollar down a bit compared to the Euro, you’ll be money ahead of you visit a country such as Belize where the currency is pegged to the greenback. One U.S. dollar will buy you two Belizean dollars no matter what the exchange rate is for Euros or other foreign currencies.