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Hard times can result in great travel deals

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May 26, 2009

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.

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