Hard times can result in great travel deals
From Shelby Erdman CNN Radio
(CNN) — Tough times mean many Americans are considering shelving plans for a summer vacation. But don’t give up on the chance for a much-needed stress reliever just yet.
Travel experts say a persisting recession can mean great travel deals as hard-hit tourist destinations are clamoring for business.
Cities, hotels and tourist attractions are offering unbeatable summer deals, trying to lure in customers, says Peter Greenberg, a travel correspondent who now runs his own travel Web site.
Greenberg says ailing tourism puts travelers in the driver’s seat when it comes to bargaining for a good value. You might be able to negotiate everything from free rooms for kids to free parking at big-city hotels to discount passes to attractions and events. Some cities are willing to throw in unlimited mass transportation.
“That’s a great deal,” Greenberg says.
Try cruising the Caribbean for $35 a day. Greenberg says it’s possible to find a seven-day cruise for $249.
“I challenge anyone to tell me they can even wake up in their own city for $35 a day,” he says.