Reported By Bob Sellers
NASHVILLE, Tenn.When the economy went downhill a few years ago, the summer vacation was the first thing many families cut out of their budget.
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But now there are plenty of good deals out there, according to a local travel agent.
Especially the U.S. resorts, with the (slow) U.S. economy. Just like Nashville needs people to come here (after the May flood), it's the same thing in Florida and all over, said Lee Robinson of Belle Meade Vacations.
What can you get at a nice destination resort?
Theyre throwing in free nights, rounds of golf, free meals, room upgrades, that's a big one. So, you may pay a price for a garden-view room. They may upgrade you to an ocean-view room, said Robinson.
Visitors can sometimes get free breakfast added during their stay or free spa treatments. They'll do that because they don't want it look like they're cutting their rates.
A year of two from now, they're not perceived as jumping their rates back up. The rates have stayed the same, but they will eliminate some of these specials, said Robinson.
For the best resort deals, be flexible to take advantage of vacancies. For the first time in a while, consider visiting Europe, Robinson said.
With the way the Euro is doing against the dollar and the British pound, currencies are getting more reasonable, so we're getting a better deal on the exchange rate. So, it's making England and London a lot more attractive than it was last year, said Robinson.
But don't wait too long to book your flight, because what you save on a great resort deal might be lost if the flights cost more.
Deals are available at the Florida Panhandle, but there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to the condition of the beaches and the water quality because of the oil spill.
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