Travelers looking to get more bang for their buck is a trend that's likely to continue in 2012. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Travel with value is not surprisingly my favorite trend for the new year as recession-weary vacationers still demand deals and added perks. Look for travel providers to continue piling on the extras in the form of free nights, dining and room credits, as well as complimentary upgrades.
In fact, travelers are letting value be their guide, not attaching to a specific destination. Instead, they are booking locations with the best bang for their buck.
Some travelers are so bent on going where their dollar takes them they are bidding on
secret trips. Luxurylink has auctions on "mystery" packages, where the hotel, location and inclusions aren’t divulged until after the purchase.
Along the same lines, American Express’ Nextpeditions customizes a trip that reveals the details day-by-day on your mobile device.
If you prefer to pick a place first, destinations continuing to spark interest in 2012 include Croatia and the Dalmation coast.
Inclusive travel packages remain popular with small ship river cruising particularly making waves.
Another trend is mid-week travel. It used to be if it was Tuesday, it must be Belgium. But now, if it’s Tuesday, it’s the new Thursday. Look for hotels and restaurants to spice up their offerings on their traditionally slow nights.
And finally, the idea of getting away together with friends and family will be getting more attention in the new year thanks to "Getting Away Together", a PBS reality show that features diverse groups of real travelers vacationing across America, in rental homes, villas and condos.