If you make one resolution this year, make it to travel in January — it’s one of the most overlooked months for travel out of the whole year. With everyone back to school and back to the grind, planes are relatively empty and seats are fairly cheap. And by cheap I mean somewhere in the range of 50% off, if you look in the right places. Even the New York Times agrees: “January may be the best time of year to take a vacation, as passenger traffic drops and resorts, airlines and cruise companies all roll out deals.” Should you want to dive into winter and get bundled up and snowed in, check for deals in Vancouver and you might score some peeks at the Winter Olympics.
If you’d rather trade in your sweaters and scarves for sunscreen and poolside cocktails, there are deals to be had in the states — namely San Diego and Hawaii — but if you want to brush off your passport, go ahead and look in the Bahamas or Mexico. The latter looks to be the biggest bargain this year due to the H1N1 scare of ’09, and so deals will be deepest to places like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. Fewer crowds, empty planes, and cheap hotel rates — now’s the time to go.