This may have been a stay-home Christmas for the CL family of Arlington, because the high cost of a ski trip or a cruise was just too risky in this economy.
But now, "How can we afford not to go," CL said.
His real name is hidden, because he doesn't want to jinx the good job he still enjoys.
Airplanes are flying with a lot of empty seats, cruise lines are begging for people to sail, and resorts pushing sand and snow that are usually jammed for Christmas have the "vacancy" sign out and blinking.
"If someone had come in a year ago at this very time and asked to get their family on a cruise ship or into a resort for Christmas, I would have laughed out loud and told them to get out their platinum card," said Steve Cosgrove, president of Dynamic Travel and Cruises in Southlake. "This year, we are begging for business, and so are the cruise ships, airlines and resorts."
There are some incredible travel bargains, and that includes going right in the middle of the Christmas holidays.
Here are five of the best bargains, some of which are two-for-one prices or better:
Spend a little time on the Internet, and you might be surprised at how low prices have gone.
"Some of these bargains extend into spring break," Cosgrove said.
Cosgrove also had one final bit of advice: "Those flexible enough to wait until the last minute, just days before Christmas -- you will likely find even deeper discounts."