It’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday time!

As we know, these two days have become the ultimate shopping days every year in countries around the world. In the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Mexico (known as “El Buen Fin”) and others, shops, both physical and online, offer deep discounts that are generally not seen the rest of the year.

For travelers, this is also a great period to plan your trips for next year as everything from flights to hotel rooms, if you look in the right places, are being offered at discounted rates.

Where do you want to go next year?

For me, I’m hoping to reach Japan, the Cook Islands and East Africa. 

Take a moment to daydream. What destinations pop into your head? White sand beaches? Historic cities of Europe? The ancient temples and pyramids of Egypt? 

If it’s beaches and warm water you’re after…

I’ve always been a huge fan of Mexico and would take any opportunity to hit up the Riviera Maya for some time in the sun, on the sand and in the beautiful water. Mix in some historical sites and visiting a few incredible cenotes and it’s a trip that’s hard to beat. On the other hand, one of my friends just learned to scuba dive in Aruba and she raved about the island experience down there. And after my recent trip to the Dominican Republic, if you’re just looking to relax in a paradise setting, Punta Cana offers remarkable opportunities to do just that.

If you’re looking for history and culture…

Perhaps a European trip is in order, admiring the architectural masterpieces that can be found in places such as Prague, Budapest, Rome and Barcelona. You can also combine this with some of Europe’s lesser known destinations (Brno, Bratislava, Ljubljana and Valencia, perhaps?) to create an experience that offers the best sights and days without any tourist crowds.

If you check Barcelo Hotels, for example, they are offering Black Friday hotel discounts, at their 251 properties around the world (in over 20 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa). This is a good way to grab some excellent accommodations for next year at the lowest rates possible.

If you saw yourself on a white-sand beach, keep an eye out for the discounts offered at: 

  • Riviera Maya: Barceló Maya Riviera – Adults Only 
  • Cancún: Occidental Costa Cancún
  • Aruba: Barceló Aruba
  • Punta Cana: Barceló Bávaro Beach

If you prefer a cultural European trip, Barceló’s discounts extend to these destinations: 

  • Madrid (Barceló Torre de Madrid) 
  • Rome (Occidental Aurelia)
  • Prague (Occidental Praha)
  • Budapest (Barceló Budapest)

Again, where do you want to go next? What type of adventure are you looking for?

If you can answer that question, why not lock in some accommodation now, at discounted Black Friday rates, in order to help turn those travel dreams into reality?