February 10, 2009 --
Though we got a short break in the weather this week, it has been a long, hard winter and that means people are longing for a warm escape. These tough financial times mean many of us may be cutting back our travel plans, but there are some vacation deals out there. The Travel Mom, Emily Kaufman has some planning tips for a recession-proof, spring-break vacation, even if you're planning to stay close to home:FIND FAMILY VALUES
Look for destinations that are eager for family friendly business to ensure it being a good pick for families and stretch your travel dollar. Disney Cruise Line has a kid's sail free offer. www.disneycruiseline.com Nickelodeon Hotel kids five and under always eat free but now offering families a $50 credit to be used to food and beverage. www.NickelodeonHotel.com Breezes all inclusive resorts offer kids stay, play and eat free - also have program tailored to single parents traveling with kids for less money. www.Breezes.com Great Wolf Resorts include water park admission to indoor water park in room rates and property in Sheboygan is giving even more with a Movie Madness Package with free pizza, free movies and free water park. www.GreatWolfResorts.com
GO SURFING VisitOrlando.com has over 100 offers for free admission to attractions, free hotel nights, free meals. Dells.com boasts over 80 coupons to be used at different things in the Wisconsin Dells, a popular, near-by destination. Cruising.org is home to the Cruise Line Industry where there is the widest range of information available to create a cruise package that works for you. Southwest.com has a web-only fare sale going on with rates as low as $49.
You can find loads of coupons, values and the most comprehensive look at a destination or industry buy going on line:
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK Hyatt Resorts has a promotion called three for free, with free upgrade, free night, free breakfast: www.hyatt.com ChooseChicago.com allows you to customize a Chicago vacation experience with add-ons like Buca Di Beppo Dinner Cards, Field Museum Admission, House of Blues' Gospel Brunch, Imax, Legoland and more. Ski.com is offering a $100 credit towards ski school when you book a package to Aspen/Snowmass through their site. Worlds of Discovery has created a package where guests buy three nights hotel and receive two nights free plus admission to two major attractions including Busch Gardens, Sea World and Aquatica: worldsofdiscovery.com
The travel industry isn't just hungry for your business, it's starving. Travel specialists are doing all they can to entice you to spend your time at their resort, destination or ship.
For more family friendly vacation tips, visit www.thetravelmom.com.