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Fall Offers Great Travel Deals and Destinations

By (view all posts by psutton)
at 6:54AM Tuesday August 16, 2011
under Money Saving Tips

Here comes a new season and with it some terrific travel opportunities.  As kids head back to school, the number of people traveling declines. That's great news for those that want to take a little or big trip, because you'll pay less for your vacation. Start looking for special savings at most travel sites for autumn travel.
If you are just not willing to let go of summer, take a trip to Hawaii.  Flights are reasonably priced and great package deals can also be found.  Hawaii Airlines has flights from cities in the western US starting at $402 round trip.  Travelocity has package deals with flight plus six nights for as little as $551 per person at a 3-star hotel in early October, not a bad deal!

Get big discounts for cruises in the Caribbean.  It's a little risky since peak hurricane season is September, hence the deep discounts.  When you book through Expedia you'll get their Hurricane Promise.  Expedia won't charge you any fees and they'll advocate for you with their travel partners to waive their fees. You can also purchase travel insurance--which might be worth it if you have a long and pricey flight to the cruise departure city.

I'm a SoCal girl and I know that the best time for a visit to the California coast is not summer, it's fall.  The coast is fog-free and warm--not so in the summer. Ocean temperatures are close to their summer peak, though the ocean water is never warm in California.  If your drive away from the coast to inland valleys you won't have the scorching temperatures off summer. Mix the best weather of the year with less crowds and lower hotel prices and you've got an awesome trip!

Don't think a European jaunt is only for summer.  Though you will need a sweater and a jacket, the temperatures are still mild enough for long city walks in Paris or Rome without all the crowds of tourists at those "must see" locations. The Louvre can have almost 22,000 visitors a day in the summer, but the numbers at the most visited museum in the world go down to 12,000-15,000 at slower times of the year. Airline tickets are several hundred dollars cheaper than in the peak summer season.  And without trying to sound like a broken record, hotels are cheaper too!

New England is famous for the gorgeous autumn leaves.  Like Europe, the temperatures are cool but still mild enough to enjoy outdoor activities.  Use The Weather Channel's peak fall foliage map to help plan your trip. Visit an apple orchard along the way for a healthy snack and some exercise. You can also enjoy some history and big city excitement in Boston or New York. Start looking for  fall deals on hotels and flights in the late summer and early fall.

Enjoy those super autumn discounts, reduced crowds and great weather on your fall trip!  What are your favorite fall locations for travel?