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Now Is The Time To Book Your Dream Vacation

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RALEIGH — A tight job market and major layoffs are signs that we are in the middle of an economic slowdown. Travel agents estimate that corporate travel is down almost a third from last year. You can use that to your advantage by planning a getaway right now.

Take a good look at your calendar. Travel agents say this is the perfect time to go on a vacation. A sluggish economy and low corporate travel have driven travel discounts up to what some say is the best they have ever seen.

"Normally, you would see fairly attractive prices in the late summer, early fall anyway, but we are seeing deals that are anywhere from 20 to 30 percent better than usual because of all these things that are happening right now, so it's a great time to go somewhere," says travel agent Andy Holleman.

Holleman says airlines are struggling to fill seats usually reserved by business travelers. As a result, there are a few deals WRAL found.

You can travel roundtrip from RDU to Las Vegas for $178. You could get the same fare all the way to LA. A roundtrip ticket to New York City was on sale for $138. A roundtrip ticket to Chicago costs $112 and getting to Orlando was as cheap as $98.

WRAL found a 3-day Norweigian Cruise to the Bahamas for $299. You can even travel around the holidays. A similar Royal Caribbean cruise that excludes holiday travel was $279.

Hotels are also struggling with empty rooms. Even Disney World has had reduced attendance this year. Holloman warns, if you see a deal you cannot pass up, make sure you read the fine print before you pay.

"A lot of low-priced vacations and airfares have rules and restrictions that you have to abide by," Holloman says.

It is also important to know that if you have more flexibility, you can get a better deal.


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