Well-Traveled - Expert New Year Tips

As you prepare for the holidays and begin thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, I have one for your list: become well-traveled.  This will be even easier to accomplish in 2010, which is shaping up to bring you even better deals and discounts than those offered in 2009.  Each month, we'll bring great offers that you'll want to check out.  Information and research are two key ingredients to help with your New Year’s resolution and allow you to travel well.

Every year between Christmas and the New Year, we see a spike in travel inquiries and bookings.  When families gather, they tend to talk about experiences they would like to share together.  Stop by one of our stores, give us a call or visit our website to get a jump-start on your information gathering-you will be the most popular one at the holiday dinner table.  

Once you talk about dates and ideas, hit the second annual AAA Great Vacations Expo, January 22 -24, at Veteran’s Memorial.  Here you can talk to over 100 exhibitors who offer fun-filled vacations around Ohio, the U.S. and the world!  Come ready with your calendar and credit card, and take advantage of great show-only deals.  Bring the whole family for awesome entertainment and one-on-one time with travel industry experts.  Kid’s Day is Saturday, when Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer will be roaming the floor, and Jack Hanna will take center stage.  Be in the audience on Sunday if you are ready for a challenge from Adam Richman of Man vs Food.  Check out my column next month for a special admission offer for C Magazine readers, and visit www.AAAGreatVacations.com for more details.

So, what is the forecast for travel deals in 2010?  Great offers on cruises to virtually any destination in the world, many international vacations with free airfare, and if sun and fun is your thing, you will find outstanding deals throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.  Domestically, the top twenty travel destinations continue to offer additional nights at no extra cost.  And who could forget the mouse down South?  January is Disney Month at AAA, so be on the lookout for amazing 2010 deals.  If you are headed to central Florida and find that lodging is breaking the budget, I have a deal for you!  I recently visited central Florida, and for the first time in my travels I stayed at an extended stay property.  The Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa, located just minutes from Disney, offers beautiful and spacious units that include two, three, or four bedrooms with a large living room, dining room, balcony and a fully-equipped kitchen. Two bedroom suites start at just $121 per night when you book with AAA, considerably less than a one-room, on-site Disney property.  

As the economy continues to recover, our partners will be closely watching their inventory, so book as early as possible, and get in touch with AAA to be in the know.