The 5 Destinations for Wow Deals in 2016

Nov 3, 2015
Savvy travelers on a budget can get a jump start on making their New Year's (travel) resolutions this year with Travelzoo's list of 2016 Wow Deal Destinations.

What sets this list apart is that it's not just any "best-of" or "must-see" roundup that usually flood your inbox at the end of the year. Our Wow Deal Destinations list is comprised of places where we predict we’ll be seeing amazing deals in the new year. After rigorous discussions and debates, our deal experts narrowed a world of nominees to a pick of five. Consider this your budget bucket list.

Canada | Cuba | New York City | Norway | Puerto Vallarta

Two themes were common among all the destinations our deal experts selected this year.

1) Bigger Bang for the Buck

The buying power of the U.S. dollar abroad continues to make international travel very accessible and affordable for American travelers. The U.S. dollar remains at or near its highest levels against many other currencies. The real cost of hotels, dining, attractions, shopping and other activities is 10%-30% lower than a couple years ago in many major destinations, including those we list below.

Although we aren't in the practice of forecasting foreign exchange rates, if this trend continues, 2016 will again be a year that Americans should be collecting passport stamps.

The strong U.S. dollar has a second effect -- it makes the United States more expensive for international travelers to visit. This serves to soften demand in major U.S. cities that traditionally see large international tourism numbers. As a result, hotels and attractions need to offer aggressive deals to entice travelers to choose their city.

2) There's More to Go Around

New flights, new hotels, new reasons to travel -- when destinations get easier to get to, or stay in -- we find that deals follow. In the five destinations we list below, all have seen supply increase in 2016 through the expansion of new airlines, added hotel rooms or loosened restrictions.

With these factors in mind, read on to the deals and destinations that will "wow" you in 2016.

Canada

Strong dollar puts a "25% off sale" sticker on our northern neighbor.

Cuba

New rules open up travel to this island. Go in 2016 for an authentic experience.

New York City

A hotel building boom makes rooms easier to afford in the Big Apple.

Norway

Low-fare carrier, strong dollar combine to help make "Frozen" fantasies a reality in 2016.

Puerto Vallarta

Luxury resorts without the high price tag or crowds of Cabo and Cancun.

Safe travels,

The Travelzoo team

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