The tough economy has resulted in some great travel bargains here and abroad…

  • Las Vegas. Thousands of new hotel rooms mean cut-rate prices on accommodations.
  • Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. Bargain-priced travel packages abound because of publicity about violence elsewhere in Mexico, far from Cancun. Also: The US dollar is very strong now in Mexico.
  • Caribbean cruises. Competition among the many new cruise ships has lowered prices significantly.
  • Guatemala. A family of four can eat out for $12, and airfares from the US are low. Costa Rica and Panama are good deals as well.
  • Iceland. The exchange rate is favorable to US visitors. Icelandair also offers great deals on air/hotel packages.
  • Ireland. Hit hard by the financial crisis, Ireland is the greatest travel value in western Europe now.