Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Best 2009 Travel Value? Iceland?

Experts are predicting 2009 to be the year of travel deals, with amazing discounts and huge incentives to keep people traveling. Many travel analysts and websites provide their opinion of top travel deals for this year, and I consistently see one location on everyone’s list: Iceland. That’s right – Iceland!

I first heard about Icelandic travel last summer from a guy who had just returned from a bachelor party in Iceland. Who would have ever thought of Iceland for a bachelor party, I thought? However, the more he talked about the trip and the fabulous natural wonders, such as geothermal hot springs, glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, the more interested I became in visiting this magnificent country myself.

After the country’s near brush with bankruptcy in 2008, Icelandic currency is deeply devalued and the tourist-based businesses are eager to entice people from all over the world to visit. With a five hour plane ride from the Eastern U.S. coast, Iceland may be closer than you think. And their summers are surprisingly warm, so start planning your trip now. Icelanders’ warm welcome and strong desire to share their culture will help make your trip memorable.

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