Caribbean vacations getting cheaper!


If you happen to have money left over from the holidays and like to travel, good news! According (subscription required)to the Wall Street Journal, "Travelers desperate to escape the winter weather are in luck: Hotel rooms and good deals are in strong supply in sunny spots."

Low travel volume and a weakening economy have led to reduced airfares and special promotions at some low- and moderately-price hotels in the Caribbean. The Journal adds that:

Celebrity Cruises Inc. has several promotions for Caribbean cruises, including a five-night cruise that starts at $349 per person for an inside room, $449 for an ocean-view room. The cruise departs from Miami on Feb. 9 and visits Jamaica and Grand Cayman. A seven-night southern Caribbean cruise departing Feb. 2 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, starts at $699 for an inside room, $849 for an ocean-view.

Of course, none of that helps if you can't afford it -- If you have any credit card debt, WalletPop admonishes you to not even dream of going on a cruise until it's all paid off. The time at work that you may miss also adds to the cost of the vacation.

However, if you need a break and have some savings, Budget Travel'swebsite is a good resource.