Todd DeFeo

What are the top five bargain destinations this summer?

SmarterTravel has released its list of “Top Five Bargain Destinations for Summer 2009.” The list includes the top vacation destinations that won’t leave you penniless.

“While summer is often a peak time to travel, destinations can’t rely on the usual droves of visitors given the nature of the economy right now,” Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel, said in a news release. “When it comes to travel, consumers really have the upper hand — it’s the perfect time to take advantage of deals that might not happen again for a long time.”

The list (and SmarterTravel’s rationale) includes:

  • Los Angeles: New air service from Virgin America, Delta and Allegiant airlines, is helping lower airfare costs.
  • Dominican Republic: JetBlue and Spirit airlines both provide low-cost options, and a four-night, air-and-hotel package starts at $560 per person.
  • National Parks: Rooms near Yellowstone, for example, start at $59 per night.
  • Australia: V Australia, for example, is offering airfare starting at $620 for a round-trip, and air-and-hotel packages start at $999.
  • Asheville, N.C.: Starting June 11, AirTran is offering fares from $69 for a one-way trip.
About Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and