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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cheap vacations: Best bets for January travel

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If you want to take a cheap vacation in January, here’s a tip: According to the CheapTickets 2009 Value Travel Forecast, the cities where travelers can experience the greatest savings include Hong Kong, Santa Barbara, CA and New York City.

You can save up to 59% on Hong Kong hotels in January. To fully appreciate this modern city, take the tram up to Victoria Peak for a stunning view, (there’s a great walking path around the peak if you really want to take it all in). Or if you’d rather stay close to the ground, hop aboard the Star Ferry and cruise Victoria Harbor.

Santa Barbara, CA, is known as the American Riviera for its palm tree-lined streets, gracious waterfront and elegant shopping and restaurants. Plan a vacation in January and save up to 38% on Santa Barbara hotels. Wine lovers can make the easy 30- to 40-minute drive northeast to the vineyards and wineries featured in "Sideways." Film buffs may want to time their vacation to coincide with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival January 22 – February 1.

If you’re idea of a great vacation includes fabulous food, theater and attractions, head to the Big Apple in January and save up to 37% on New York hotels. Go early in January to enjoy the holiday decorations without the holiday crowds. And get seats to that show you’ve been wanting to see — for less — with our insider’s Five ways to get cheap Broadway tickets.

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