This might sound surprising, but the ongoing economic crisis can actually bring cheaper travel prices!
Yes, you heard that right: you can travel cheaper during crisis in 2013! And perhaps for a few more years this will remain so...
So, how is this really?
Well, it's because the tourism industry was heavily hit in certain countries and companies are reporting heavy losses.
Simply watch the news and stay up-to-date with what's going in the World: the USA and Europe are most affected by the current economic crisis and many of the top travel destinations there are actually receiving less visitors.
Because of less visitors, the hotels, tour operators are cutting prices. Attractive discounts are supposed to entice travelers to visit the respective locations.
During these times you can find "whopping bargains" on hotels, cruise trips and guided tours. Not so much in case of airline flights, because fuel prices and other factors have actually pushed airfares a bit higher.
You can save on local services, on cruises and land-based tours, for instance. Below we'll try to explain how the crisis works to your benefit.
Cheaper Destination Countries in 2013
Not all countries are cheaper. Certainly not Japan, Australia, Sweden, Canada, Singapore, Germany, Belgium or Brazil. It's pretty much the same there.
Focus on countries that have been heavily hit by the global economic crisis: the USA, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Croatia, Cyprus even Ireland have suffered from the economic crisis. In fact, most of these countries are slipping deeper and deeper into recession.
Coastal areas of the USA, places such as Atlantic City, once hot destinations in Florida and even the glamorous Las Vegas are reporting major losses. Huge luxury hotels are cutting room rates, as less visitors arrive there.
Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal are probably the cheapest today. They should be on top of your list.
Great Bargains for Fantastic Locations
So which as those cheap locations that you should focus on?
Let's see some top countries that cost less this year...
The most severely-affected country by the crisis is Greece. Although during these years Athens and Thessaloniki have been "riot nests", the traveler could wander to more remote areas - both safer and less costly!
Suggested are the Greek Isles (Zakynthos, Mykonos, Syros, Santorini, Rhodos/Rhodes) and the more rural areas, for instance - the northern Meteora area, as well as the Mount Athos and Halkidiki Peninsula area.
Prices have gone up there and actually less travelers are visiting Greece (only because of the turmoil scenes that are shown on TV and newspapers). So, as a consequence, the smaller towns and the beautiful islands are receiving less visitors - so locals cut tariffs.
Madrid and Barcelona have also seen street fights, social unrest and Spain too is in deep recession. The entire economy is performing poorly, but let's not forget that tourism is one of the main driving forces of the Iberian country.
It's easy to understand why hotels, resorts across Spain are cutting their rates.
Alicante, Valencia, Malaga, Benidorm, Barcelona and Cádiz are the main continental beach locations, but you should not forget about hopping over to the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands either. Expect lower prices across continental Spain.
It might be a good idea to avoid Madrid for a while, since violent protests have been quite abundant and, the crime rate has increased alarmingly. Muggings, bag snatchings and pickpocketing targets tourists primarily.
It's traditionally cheaper than Spain, but might be more costly than Greece.
Lisbon and Porto are the two main cities you shouldn't miss and the 2013 hotel rates are indeed significantly lower.
Aveiro is a small city with water channels (also nicknamed "the Venice of Portugal") and it easily accessible from Porto.
Estoril and Sintra are Lisbon's nearby hotspots, also easily accessible and you don't even have to rent a room there - you could travel in.
Madeira and the Azores are Portugal's archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Flights generally aren't quite cheap to the islands, but again - hotels and local tours could cost less this year.
The Mediterranean island too has been severely hit by the crisis. Across the island, the discounted services are abundant.
More and more beach resorts and hotels are discounting their prices. Arrive in through the Larnaca, Nicosia or Paphos airports.
Cyprus is one of the cheapest beach destinations in Europe, although it's geographically closer to the Middle East.
The typical vacation that you could have on Cyprus might be similar to the one you could enjoy while in Greece. It's a rather dry mountainous island with plenty of beach resorts all around.
The hardest thing about this country is how to get in. By plane, train, car, cruise ship. but it depends on where you live. If you live in a nearby European country, then the land-based trip should get you in relatively easy. Especially if you drive.
But flying to Croatia is particularly expensive. There are few airports and perhaps the most notorious attraction of the country - Dubrovnik has a very small airport with almost exclusively seasonal flights operating to it. Prices aren't quite cheap.
But: hotel prices across Croatia should cost a lot less, since Croatia is suffering in a deep recession, the travel agents, hotels have been slashing their tariffs.
Overall, locally Croatia is not considered expensive. In fact, it should be quite as cheap as Cyprus. Greece is more expensive.
If you are traveling in by plane, then Italy, Hungary and Austria could serve as transit countries.
The small Mediterranean island south of Italy is accessible by cruise ship and plane. There are plenty of low fare airlines operating to and from Malta's Luqa airport. So much for plane fares: you should be able to grab a bargain. From other European destinations, it's quite easy to grab low fare flights costing 30-50 EUR even. If you book well in advance!
Otherwise: hotels on Malta are plentiful. They live out of tourism, it's the biggest industry along with the ports and ships-related and fishing industries that feed Malta's economy.
There's a large number of small coastal towns and ports, as well as the islands of Gozo, Comino, Cominotto for exploration.
Prices on hotels should drop this year, because of the crisis and, because the countries from and through which many tourists normally arrive, are in crisis as well (for instance, many people arrive to Malta from Italy).
Prices have been dropping for Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlantic City and similar location-based services. Because the US is huge, we have underlined these first destinations.
New York, Chicago cost both quite the same, but the ones mentioned above should offer more bargain-grabbing possibilities.
The coastal USA is receiving a lot less visitors. Huge hotels and resorts are well below half full and they're desperate to rent out their rooms.
You might want to use our price comparison engines on the last minute hotel reservations page. You will be able to compare the rates of multiple sites easier than if you'd manually search on each one!
You will find a large number of low-priced rooms if you search for locations within the mentioned countries/areas.
Even the higher-priced NH Hotels, Hotel Ibis, Accor are offering rooms for as little as budget hotels used to during the pre-crisis years.
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