...but it's just about time to start planning for summer.
I'm serious! Now is a great time to start looking for vacation package deals. Cruises, tours, hotels and airfare all are going on sale. It pays to be somewhat flexible with your dates and to book at slightly off times. Orbitz, Expedia and other bargain travel sites are great for finding good deals on travel. Living Social, Groupon and Jetsetter are all services you can sign up for and get daily deals sent right to your inbox. Flexibility is key for taking advantage of these deals.
If you want to save on hotel accommodations, I would highly recommend giving airbnb.com a try. Type in the city you're interested in visiting and check out all that is available and the amazing prices.
If you are a camper (like we are) make sure you know how far in advance you can make your campsite reservations.
We book our big camping trip at a California State Park. Their reservations can't be made any earlier than 7 months out... which means that we can't book our July trip until January 2. Our campground is a popular one and it fills up pretty quickly.
Knowing those dates helps to ensure we get the sites we want, when we want them. We camp with other families, so anytime you're trying to book a block of anything (rooms, campsites, tables....) it pays to do it early. Reserve America is easy to use for this, and there are lots of KOA Kampgrounds across the country as well.
Be sure to check out the KOA Campfire Community. It's a great resource for camping and outdoor enthusiasts. We'll be having a Live Chat about planning for your 2012 vacations on January 5th, 10:00 pm EST. Hope you'll join us!
Happy vacation planning!