Cheap Vacations – Hotel and Flight Travel Deals

So you are ready to book a family trip. Now you are scouring the ‘net for cheap vacations and hotel and flight travel deals. Maybe you’ve left this for the last minute. Not to worry, you can still find some great prices.

Of course planning ahead has many advantages and you can sometimes get a super deal that way, you can also find things at the last minute too. Often you can take advantage of price wars and get the very best deals.

Of course most people know to check the Internet at all of the many travel sites in order to see what type of packages they may offer.

One thing that a lot of people don’t think to do, however, is to check the travel section of your local newspaper. Check this section for lots of deals on airfare, travel packages, and just good travel deals in general. Properly used (by checking daily), this can really be a goldmine of information.

Another thing you can do is call travel vendors directly. This can help you find cheap vacations and often many great hotel and flight prices.

Even in this day and time of doing everything online, I would also recommend checking with a travel agency in a “brick and mortar” office, meaning a physical building and not one on the Internet. Travel agents can access a database of hotels which may net you a great deal on a hotel package.

If you happen to be traveling to Las Vegas you are in luck, as this destination is usually loaded with all-inclusive travel packages. Ask your travel agent about them or check at the online agencies. Deals abound!

People may disagree, but I find train travel to be very pleasant as long as you are not going to be traveling too terribly long. It’s a great way to see America and the countryside and for a relatively short distance you can often arrive just as fast as flying when you take into consideration all the time spent with layovers and waiting for luggage, boarding, etc.

I hope if you are planning a trip and searching for cheap vacations and hotel and flight packages and deals, you will find the tips in this article helpful in sending you on your way to a grand vacation.

Is the Time Right to Buy Cheap Holiday Villas?

Cheap holiday villas in Spain and other countries are always an attractive option to buy. Endless sun and blue skies are always going to attract buyers if the price is right. However how do you decide when the time is right? If you have a solid criteria then it really doesn’t matter what the price is as long as the price is what you are comfortable with. However, now is a great time to find that comfortable price on holiday villas in Spain and elsewhere because Spanish villa sales are starting to happen again.

Let’s look at a few things to bear in mind.

1) If you are buying a cheap Spanish villa for investment then a falling market is the best time to buy, just before the market turns of course. We are at that point although the turn will not be sharp. You have got to decide when the market is about to turn and use that to your advantage. Remember that the biggest real estate fortunes were made in a depressed market. The Rockefeller’s of this world made their biggest fortunes during the Great Depression. I am not saying that buying cheap holiday villas in Spain will make you a zillionaire but eventually you might make a decent capital gain.

2) It is nigh on impossible to buy at a good price in a rising market where confidence is high because offers you make on highly priced properties will not be accepted. Some owners of cheap holiday villas in Spain have still not realized the market has changed but most are now waking up and smelling the coffee and are prepared to listen to offers. Cheap holiday villas in Spain are available of course but be careful on looking as many are overpriced by sellers who cannot lower their prices as their mortgages are too high.

3) In a falling market with a lack of confidence the story is different. Sellers place their properties at a price to sell undercutting the competition and then accept offers more often than not on those properties. On estates where the properties are all the same or similar then it is the most desperate seller that sets the base price. This situation is happening on the coasts and it is there where cheap Spanish villas are most available. However it is not there where I would recommend you go for the best eventual capital return. Go to the cities and around them as they always have more demand than areas for second homes.

4) When prices and interest rates are low as they are currently then the best deals are available. Interest rates are expected to stay low for a time and allied to the low prices is attracting buyers back into the market.

Now where I am in Spain, I believe that the best deals are not necessarily through the banks because those banks have an ecosystem of investors around them meaning that the best deals here go to employees and investors who have the Spanish Enchufe (An “in” with the bank). The best deals come from motivated sellers in any market but in an international property market there are even better deals available if sellers can play the currency markets. Currently British sellers returning to the UK or selling their Spanish holiday homes are working with an unfair advantage compared with Eurozone sellers so it would be remiss of you not to take advantage of the fact and pick yourself up a bargain.

So to answer the question in the title, maybe!

New York Offering Very Cheap Hotels This Summer

While it has been bad for business in New York it provides an opportunity for international visitors to enjoy a cheap hotel in New York. Prices are at a six year as New York hoteliers look to draw tourists back in.

A quick search reveals half price rooms at the Hudson Hotel. The Empire Hotel prices have been knocked down from £205 per night to £92! There are many more cheap hotels to be found.

The simplest and quickest method of finding the best hotel bargain is to use a hotel comparison site, there are many on the internet all sporting slightly different features. Some will allow you to plan your whole holiday so once you have found a cheap hotel room you can search for a flight to go with it. Prices for flights to New York are also lower now than in previous years so this could well be THE summer bargain. I ran a quick search for flights to New York from London; there is a return flight for £285! What a deal!

There are other locations around the world that are sadly suffering from the reduced tourist trade so using a comparison site will certainly help you sniff out those bargains. There are new announcements for cheap hotels, so keep checking. It looks like many of the hotel big groups will be discounting their hotel rooms to bring in the customers, so keep your eyes peeled.

It is predicted the exchange rate will continue to improve and may rise up to $1.80 to £1 so things many get even better for British tourists.