Traveler's Aid: Last Minute Mardi Gras and Carnival (2/01/2002)
What a difference a month makes. Seems like just a little while ago when the economy was in shambles, the tourism industry falling apart -- airlines looking down the barrel of bankruptcy.
But this week, Alan Greenspan said things are looking up, people started talking about a recession-ette, and American Airlines CEO Don Carty announced he's going to start beefing service back up to pre-Sept. 11 levels. Is the Travel Industry out of the woods? And, maybe more importantly, are all the deals of the last few months going away too? Rudy Maxa answers that question and helps us sort a few things out.
Rudy: Those are two separate questions I'd like to get into.
So, are all the great deals are disappearing? No. Airfares are still cheap.
Now, we are just a week or so away from February 12th , AKA "Fat Tuesday" -- AKA Mardi Gras, AKA Carnival!
So, the question on many people's minds is: Is it too late to go, and can I still get a good deal? Well, not as good as you want, but there are plenty of ways to cut down expense.
And for international destinations, like Brazil for Carnivale, or the Caribbean, you're going to be pressed to find good last minute deals to Brazil. It's high tourist season there -- the middle of summer -- and Carnival in Brazil is something you have to plan for.
Some of my favorite "Hidden Destinations" in the Caribbean are:
So it's easy to enjoy Carnival - just pick a smaller island you want to go to. Do some research -- call their visitors bureau and ask lots of questions about "wheres" and "whens." Then book soon. The farther in advance, especially these days, the better deal you'll receive.
If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns,
send us an email. Or, you can
snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of
the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007.
Or call us at 888-SAV-TRAV.
If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns, send us an email. Or, you can snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007. Or call us at 888-SAV-TRAV.
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