Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

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Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

Hawaii's budget took a blow last year, due largely to a lack of visitors. Tourism is Hawaii's primary source of income, with nearly three-quarters of all jobs directly impacted by tourists, and last year the state saw traveler's hesitation with shorter and fewer stays. The good news? Hotels are willing to wheel and deal just to have bodies in the beds, making Hawaii's financial woes translate into major savings for savvy travelers. Some hotels are hoping you'll extend your stay, by offering a fifth night free, while others, like Waikiki's Aqua Resorts, have rooms for as little as $60/night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

Budget carrier JetBlue announced service to Montego Bay this winter from Boston, New York, and Orlando. You can jet to the second largest city in Jamaica for as little as $119 each way if you book now for the Spring, Those looking to hit the duty free shops and tropical shores during the day and find a budget place to rest their head at night can book a room at the Caribic House for as low as $25 a night-just cross your fingers for a 3rd floor room so you can still catch a glimpse of the beach.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

Last year marked the worst recession in Singapore's usually-affluent 44-year history, making the country rely more than ever on tourism. To help bolster their economy, hotels have lowered their prices, making luxury suites more in reach to those with smaller budgets. With all that money you save, you can seek out some of Singapore's best known experiences, shopping at famous destinations like Orchard Road or Marina Square. Thanks to a promotion running all year, stay at the prestigious Goodwood Park Hotel, noted as one of the best hotels in Asia, and a landmark on its own, for as little as $110/night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

With the Atlantic Ocean on the West and Irish Sea to the east, no point on Ireland is more than 30 miles from the ocean. In Dublin, tourists could spend days traipsing through the country's many museums, cathedrals, and parks, only takings breaks to eat up deliciously fresh seafood. Even better, they can do it all on the cheap: the hospitality industry is luring travelers with discounted rates and special offers, like the Ardmore Hotel, a three star hotel offering rooms for as low as $65 per night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

Last year Iceland was faced with a financial crisis, making the US exchange rate with the krona nearly three times more favorable than the year before. Travelers will be able to find meals and hotels for almost half the price they were just a few years ago, giving travelers the chance to see the Northern Lights, and the country, without having to break the bank. Stay at the Hotel Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, for only $50/night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

Adventurers aren't the only ones who enjoy Costa Rica's tropical beaches and dense rainforest, the Central American country is actually one of the world's most popular destinations for eco-tourists because of its biodiversity of tropical plants and animals. There are plenty of travel deals to be snagged up, too, including a deluxe room with an open-sky shower and hammock at Beijaflor Resort for just $99 a night. Those who are looking to stay in the thick of things can rent a jungle bungalow at the Hotel Kasha for just $50 per person, per night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

Sin City was hit hard last year when conventions, which fuel its economy, dropped off by 26 percent. The convention cut-backs, and empty hotel rooms that ensued, made the average nightly rate plummet to under $100. On top of all of that, the city has seen major expansions lately, with the opening of the multi-billion dollar CityCenter, and room add-ons to the Golden Nugget and Hard Rock Hotel. Fewer visitors, added to more inventory, results in big savings, and a chance to stay in a luxe room you might otherwise not be able to afford. Stay at one of the largest hotels in the world, the MGM Grand, for as little as $53/night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism just reported that the country sustained no damage in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12th that devastated Haiti, the other country on the western side of the island of Hispaniola. All eight of the Caribbean country's airports, seaports, and resorts are open for business, and prices on airfare and hotel rooms are expected to drop in 2010-especially when peak season ends in April. A decent meal in Santo Domingo, the first European City in the New World, can easily be found for less than $8 and the Quality Hotel Real Aeuropuerto Santo Domingo has rooms between $80 and $140 per night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

The dollar is gaining momentum, making exchange rates to the Mexican peso that much more favorable. Additionally, Mexico is still recovering from the swine flu scare, and the recession, which both hurt the country's tourism. Many locations throughout the country have responded by slashing hotel rates, and including perks, like free massages and gift certificates, to lure travelers back. Airfare has even become more affordable as more and more flight itineraries include destinations in Mexico. While deals abound all over Mexico, stay sea-side, at the Emporio Acapulco, for only $85/night.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

Magestic Mount Hood is the backdrop to Portland, a locale known as the most environmentally friendly city in the United States and the microbrewery capital of the world. If you've ever had an inkling to explore Portland's quirky neighborhoods or browse art galleries in the Pearl District (free the first Thursday of every month), now is the time. The city has added more than 900 downtown hotel rooms in the past three years, and budget carriers JetBlue and Southwest serve the city. Even hip Hotel Lucia-a four star establishment-has rooms available for as low as $100 a night. If you're looking for something offbeat to do for just $5, stop by the city's "Velveteria," a museum with over 2,000 velvet masterpieces, but hurry-it's closing soon.

Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010

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pinyonhill3

I was in Singapore last year and it is a clean, beautiful, safe city. You can't beat the shopping on Orchard Road, seeing the Marina Bay Hotel and Casino, the harbor, the museums, the Botanical Gardens.... There is nothing about the city I didn't love. If I could go back this year I would. Transportation around the city is easy to use and you can travel around without any difficulty. A great place to visit!!!

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Check out the Volcano National Park! We went on an island tour which included the volcano. We thoroughly enjoyed the cycle ride down the volcano and the helicopter trip over the rainforest. The drive to Hana was long and a bit disappointing. Scenery on both islands was outstanding.
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HeartoftheDragon

If you really want a lot for your money folks ought to be thinking about visiting Denver and the surrounding area this summer. The weather is mild and there are soooo many activities and soooo many of them are FREE! You can't get much more economical than that. I came upon this web site: http://www.freetripstoday.com that mentions all sorts of things that be done for free. I am looking forward to spending 4th of July at Denver City Park and enjoying the live jazz out on the grass. Love it!

June 29 2010 at 2:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
meanvee

It's the airline price that's keeping visitors away, not the hotel expenses, but that will help too.




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