Top 2011 Vacation Hotspots

Photo (cc) by Bukowsky18

If you believe 547 travel agents, Las Vegas will be the most popular vacation destination this year.

Last week, the travel agent network Travel Leaders released its annual Travel Trends Survey, and the big news was the return of Sin City to the top spot (after losing out last year to wholesome Orlando) and the encouraging fact that agents are reporting that when it comes to their clients, “over 88 percent will spend the same or more on travel this year.”

The Travel Trends Survey is significant because it’s based on actual bookings from around the country. So its predictions are closely watched.

“The trends revealed in this year’s survey lead us to be quite bullish on travel in 2011,” says Roger E. Block, president of Travel Leaders Franchise Group. “Bookings are on the rise as people either feel more stable in their situations or decide they can’t wait any longer to take a needed vacation.”

Here are the top 10 domestic destinations…

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orlando
  3. Alaska (cruise)
  4. Honolulu
  5. Kahului (Maui)
  6. New York City
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Hawaii (cruise)
  9. San Francisco
  10. Chicago

Off the beaten path

If you’re the kind of person who hates going where everyone else is, Lonely Planet last month made its own recommendations for U.S. vacations. Best known for its offbeat and hippie-esque travel guides, Lonely Planet picked some intriguing destinations…

  1. Southern Utah – “If you’ve never seen the amazing rock formations and colored landscape of Southern Utah’s canyonlands, you’re missing out on one of the most mesmerizing landscapes in the United States. Why go now? Southern Utah’s national parks like Zion and Bryce Canyon have miraculously not been overrun with tourists.”
  2. Austin and West Texas – “Our staff picked Texas because it’s the most overrated and underrated state in the country. Overrated, some say, by Texans, and underrated by everyone else. From music to food to natural resources, Texas does nothing small.”
  3. Savannah, Georgia – “Next April marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Although hostilities started in South Carolina, Savannah was the ultimate goal of General Sherman’s army as they marched to the sea. But when he arrived, he got soft on its beauty – and spared it. There’s no denying that Savannah is gorgeous. The trees are covered in Spanish moss, which makes it enchanted.”

Budget travel

Finally, if money matters more than obscurity, vacation site Travel Zoo last week released its list of Wow Deal Destinations for 2011. While three of those destinations are outside the country – Iceland, Bermuda, and the Yucatan Peninsula – the other two are Central California and…Las Vegas.

“These selections represent destinations where we anticipate a strong collection of ‘wow’ deals based on recent trends, industry projections, and buzz,” Travel Zoo says.

So it appears that Las Vegas is that rare combination of popular and affordable this year.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Surprising Features That Boost Your Home Value
7 Surprising Features That Boost Your Home Value

You can add value to your home without hiring a contractor to do expensive renovations.

9 Ways to Get Affordable Vet Care
9 Ways to Get Affordable Vet Care

Medical care for your furry friends can be expensive. Here are some tips to get affordable vet care.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

Why Is My Pension Killing My Social Security Benefit?
Why Is My Pension Killing My Social Security Benefit?

A reader says the government is penalizing him for having a pension. Is he right?

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Whether you resell it for a big profit or add it to your own wardrobe, this type of clothing is a hidden steal.

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years
10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years

The cars that owners hold onto the longest have one thing in common, a new study shows.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car
9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car

Thinking of leaving these possessions in a car? Prepare for unexpected consequences.

9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar
9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar can save you a lot of money, but using it like this can cost you.

5 Changes to Your Federal Tax Return Form in 2021
5 Changes to Your Federal Tax Return Form in 2021

The new Form 1040 features two new tax breaks, among other changes.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently
10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently

These habits and characteristics can help put you on the track to success.

7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50
7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50

As we age, our bodies wear down. Here is how to cut costs associated with some common ailments.

29 Purchases That Can Save You Money Every Day
29 Purchases That Can Save You Money Every Day

Sometimes, you’ve got to spend to save.

7 Things I Never Buy at Costco
7 Things I Never Buy at Costco

A bulk buy isn’t always the best buy.

5 Tax Mistakes to Avoid in Retirement
5 Tax Mistakes to Avoid in Retirement

Even great savers can reduce their retirement income by making these mistakes.

2 Financial Woes That Can Signal the Start of Dementia
2 Financial Woes That Can Signal the Start of Dementia

These money management issues can hint at dementia years prior to diagnosis, a new study finds.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.