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Old 10-07-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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H and I want to get away some place warm in Feb. We don't really care where we go (we are in the midwest). There are no kids to consider, and we aren't tied to leaving/returning on particular dates. We were thinking of some place in the Caribbean, but are really open to whatever. We also have a budget of about $2000. We do have a cheap option at a family member's house but prefer some place new for us.

You would think it would be an easy search, but most travel sites require a destination or specific dates. I just want to do a general search and see the possibilities. Can some one suggest a website that will just let me do some "window shopping?'
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Number of ppl?
Kids? (ages)
What type of activies do you want?
Can you drive to Gulf coast (# drivers) ? Or does it need to be by air?
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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H and I want to get away some place warm in Feb. We don't really care where we go (we are in the midwest). There are no kids to consider, and we aren't tied to leaving/returning on particular dates. We were thinking of some place in the Caribbean, but are really open to whatever. We also have a budget of about $2000. We do have a cheap option at a family member's house but prefer some place new for us.

I would look at the following on-line travel agencies first:

Group Travel Deals, Discount Vacations, Escorted Vacations, Hawaii Travel, Alaska Travel from YMT Vacations

Funjet Vacations - All Inclusive Vacation Packages to Cancun, Jamaica & More

All-Inclusive Vacations | America’s #1 Tour Operator | Apple Vacations

These sites will give you an idea of what is available in Mexico and the Caribbean.


In February, you also have spring training going on in both Florida and Phoenix, AZ. Also, San Diego and Los Angeles are also pretty warm in February. Ditto for Las Vegas.


Now you have ONE GREAT ADVANTAGE to being located in Bloomington, IN - close access to MULTIPLE airports in the area - Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Dayton.

If you wish to travel to the Caribbean, you will need to get a passport if you do not already have one.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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You can travel to the US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico without a passport.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:56 AM
 
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All inclusives can be good options if you'll actually use the amenities. But they aren't for everyone. Airfare should be fairly inexpensive if you buy it soon. First week of February is usually still pretty quiet and will be the least expansive. once you hit Presidents/Valentines Day, spring break officially begins. So using the first week as a starting point might be a good option.

If you have passports or don't mind the expense of obtaining them you'll have almost endless options. As I mentioned previously, you don't need them and can still fly to Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands. English is the language spoken in the Virgin Islands, in Puerto Rico most people you'd encounter speak at least some English.

St. John is generally considered the most beautiful of the Virgin islands, but it's also the quietest and most expensive.

Instead of a hotel, consider renting a condo for a week. This allows you to save a lot of money on food--breakfast and lunch can add up quickly and eating in the condo or packing a lunch can save an easy $300+ over the course of a week.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Thanks for the suggestions. I forgot about Apple vacations. We've been to Puerto Rico and want to try some thing new. Florida, family there, is our cheap option. We do have passports.

We've never really considered the Louisville airport. Something to think about. We have flown into Chicago and then out from there. The problem might be too many options!
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. I forgot about Apple vacations. We've been to Puerto Rico and want to try some thing new. Florida, family there, is our cheap option. We do have passports.

We've never really considered the Louisville airport. Something to think about. We have flown into Chicago and then out from there. The problem might be too many options!


Like I said, this may be a case where you'll want to talk to a TA.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I agree....a travel agent can really help you narrow your choices and give you brochures to boot!
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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Most travel agents have never traveled to the places they are selling, don't know anything more about them than what they read in brochures, and don't really do much more than hand out those brochures and take orders. Very few can get you any better of a deal than you can get yourself--if you're willing to take the time to research, you can almost always come out ahead booking on your own.

I've heard of far more disasters related to inept TA's than disasters related to inept travelers that booked their own trip.
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