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Travel Trends for Tourism Majors

If you're a Travel and Tourism major, you'll want to keep tabs on the industry. In your coursework, you'll undoubtedly cover the types of packages most families look for year after year. At the same time, trends come and go. This year, with ever-increasing fuel and food prices, more and more consumers with children are seeking vacations that won't bust the bankbook.

For 2008, vacation shoppers are looking at winter, summer, and four-season destinations to suit tighter budgets--where entire families can stay for $350 a night or less. Here are some suggestions for unusual and inexpensive vacations that will lure this year's travelers:

Calm in the Caribbean
The Turks and Caicos are in for 2008. Since most cruise ships bypass local archipelagos aside from Grand Turk, less-visited islands are drawing both high rollers and budget crowds. On the low end, you'll find rooms at $325 a night where children under the age of 12 stay free of charge. And the water's fine.

Good Times on the Pampas
Buenos Aires is rich with history and amenities. After a 2003 currency collapse, its renowned restaurants serving local Argentinean beef and the city's vibrant nightlife are quite affordable--for now. Buenvenido.

Undiscovered and Unspoiled
Vietnam has been a destination of choice among budget travelers (once you pay for airfare). Now nearby Laos is on the map. It's a solid choice during our coldest winter months. Hotels even arrange cooking classes for those who want to add Laotian cuisine to their toolkit.

The Luck of the Irish Traveler
With its warm microclimate, Cork County is becoming an Irish destination that families love. Of course, there's great golf, but there are also warm beaches, rolling hills, and charming villages. A 17th-century manor house on 200 acres with an adjoining castle offers a unique lodging option. May the road rise to meet ya.

There is one catch, it all starts with some experience at an online travel school.

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