Many of you have taken fewer vacations during the economic downturn. With hints of a slowly – but surely – recovering economy, travel is once again feasible, but you don’t have to spend much. Travel in 2011 is all about discovering areas that are affordable and fabulous.
The Mile High City offers urban amenities amidst glorious nature. You can ski in Winter Park and camp at Barr Lake State Park. Take the Denver Microbrew Tour and receive a free pint at each microbrewery, or for a taste of the Wild West, visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.
This multicultural city continues to impress 6 years after Hurricane Katrina. Visit for Mardi Gras and catch beads on St. Charles Avenue. Take in a show at the legendary House of Blues, and if you’re in town during Jazz Fest, get tickets. The line-up for 2011 includes Bon Jovi and Jimmy Buffet. As long as you’re traveling to Louisiana, you might as well take a tour of the entire south. I recommend starting in Virginia, making it a Fort Lee housing experience, and then cruising on down to Georgia with stops in Mississippi and Chattanooga.
There is never a wrong time to visit this city, but if you want to go in 2011, plan for autumn. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the city plans to unveil the National September 11 Memorial. Also, stop by Coney Island and witness the result of their $30 million renovation.
This charming city oozes with culture – French culture in particular. Stroll around Île Notre-Dame, with beaches open in summer. On the neighboring island of Île Sainte-Hélène, enjoy numerous attractions including La Ronde amusement park and the Biosphère.
Up in the Northern Territories, this wilderness area features a diverse landscape containing the South Nahanni River, four canyons, sulphur hot springs, mountains and forests. Leave your cell phone and credit card behind; this is outdoor recreation at its finest.
If you like hot climates and spicy food, you’ll like Puerto Viejo. Bordering the Caribbean, this coastal town offers unspoiled beaches, like Punta Uva, and tons of adventure opportunities including whitewater rafting down Pacuare River, zip lining through a forest and snorkeling among coral reefs.
This Scandinavian capital city has many stunning attractions to explore like the Archipelago, but it also has a jam-packed yearly calendar of events. If you want to learn more about beer and whiskey, visit in late September and attend the Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival with Taste Experience.
Perched on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia features picturesque beaches. Enjoy the mouthwatering, affordable and hearty cuisine; a prime example is paella, rice cooked with meat and seafood. For enthusiasts of fast cars, vacation during the latter part of June for the F1 Grand Prix of Europe.
If you want a dose of bucolic countryside and low-key sandy beaches, head to England’s southeastern coast. View the white cliffs of Dover and visit the area’s many charming towns, from the fishing village of Whitstable to the seaside resort town of Broadstairs, which organizes the Charles Dickens Festival every June.
For a bit of luck from the Irish, visit Dublin. Besides exploring museums and romantic gardens, you can take part in one, or some, of the many festivals going on this year including the Dublin Book Festival and St. Patrick’s Festival in March and National Heritage Week in August.
Heather Johnson is a writer for Honeymoon Destinations, the leading online honeymoon planning resource. Learn all about the best honeymoon destinations today!