2010 Top Picks: Best Bargains in Travel

Although I saw some awesomely great travel deals in 2009, I’m expecting to see some even better deals this year.  Why? Well, the economy still sucks if you haven’t heard, and globally everyone is feeling the financial pain.  However, this is great news for those of us who love to travel! So, dust off your passport (or friggin’ get one already!), and let’s go travel!

Mexico

Horse Riding in Mexico

Horse Riding in Mexico

I went to Mexico about 5 or 6 times last year, and it remains to be one of the best bargain destinations in my opinion.  There still remains some hesitation for travelers due to past Swine Flu outbreaks and ongoing drug wars, but I can attest that I, along with many other travelers have returned happy, healthy, and nicely tanned.

One of my favorite spots in Baja Mexico is Las Gaviotas.  It is about a 45-minute drive from the border just past Rosarito, when coming in from San Diego, California. Note: Get the Mexican Auto Insurance before driving your vehicle into the country.  Las Gaviotas is a gated community, which offers a secure environment with a pool, Jacuzzi, a private beach, and a bitchin’ right surfbreak.  There are many amazing homes for rent, ranging from $100-$200 USD per night for a two-bedroom house, or $225 USD per night for a six-bedroom house accommodating up to 12 people.  

If you are looking for an all-inclusive resort (which means your food and booze…yeah-uh!), Mexico is a great destination for these. I highly recommend any of the RIU resorts in either of Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, or Maya Riviera.  I recently stayed at the newly-constructed RIU Santa Fe in Los Cabos, and drank my worth in free alcohol each and every day at the swim-up pool bar. Oh, I love thee Mexico.

Thailand

Thai Dancer

Thai Dancer

I am planning my exodus to Thailand in about 6 months, and there’s good reason for it.  There is great value in traveling to this beautiful country! If you are traveling on a budget, once you are in Thailand, you can comfortably survive on $15-$30 USD per day including food, housing, a few beers, etc. Of course, you can spend less or more. If you are on limited time, or maybe want to do a tour, a 15-day tour will run you about $950 USD (factor in more $$ for airfare, excursions, and food).

If you are flying into Thailand and staying for less than 30 days, you can obtain a 30-day Thai visa upon entry into the country. If you plan on staying longer, it is best to check with the embassy within your homeland country and obtain one before leaving. Also, make sure you are up-to-date on any vaccinations you may need. Preparation will always make for a smoother journey!

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Gambling, 24-hour drinking, legal prostitution…Viva Las Vegas! I’m always up for a trip across the desert to Sin City.  But, there’s more of a reason to travel there than just utter and complete debauchery (well, not really): You can cut loose in Vegas for a bargain right now. On the low-end, you can stay at the newly 6 million dollar renovated Palace Station minutes from the strip for around $30 per night. On the high-end, you can stay at some great 5-star hotels such as the Red Rock Casino, Trump Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, or Caesar’s Palace for under $200 per night.  Even the brand-spanking-new-uber-swanky hotel Aria at the MGM’s City Center is running an average of $260 per night. Considering you would normally pay around $400-$500 per night for a 5-star hotel, this is quite the deal.  So yes…Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

Of course there are many, many destinations we could travel to this New Year.  According to Lonely Planet’s: Best in Travel 2010, the top 10 destinations to travel to this year are London, Thailand, Iceland, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Bulgaria, Kenya, and Las Vegas.  Nevertheless, where ever you go, keep your travel dates and destinations open…this is always the best way to find a bargain.

These are a few places I will be going this year, along with Cambodia and Vietnam if time permits.  I’m curious to know…where are you planning to go this year?

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