TODAY | July 30, 2013
>>> we were just talking about how this summer is just whizzing by. it is hard to believe, but it is not long before the kids head back to school. if you're looking to fit in a family vacation but haven't made any plans, your timing really couldn't be any better.
>> the summer winds down, travel deals heat up. senior travel editor for orbitz has five end of summer deals you will not want to miss. do you get better deals as the summer kind of winds down?
>> you do. most people take their vacations in june and july. so as we head into august -- there are schools in the country that go back as early as mid-august so now is when demand starts to drop even in big destinations.
>> the chirping is -- there is a real bird.
>> new orleans is a hot destination.
>> i'm so glad you picked this.
>> it is summer festival season in new orleans . if can you literally stand the heat, can you travel there for so cheap. they have a free festival going on right now that celebrates the music of louis armstrong . they also have culinary new orleans going on, which is their restaurant month during the month of august.
>> you walk down bourbon street , there's live music from every venue.
>> i just like to go there to eat. restaurants are amazing. the way to go is to book a package combining your airfare and hotel together. here is a package from philadelphia, airfare plus five nights staying at the saint hotel, it is beautiful, right in the french quarter . $586 per person. just to give you an idea, if you just booked that hotel alone you'd be spending $555 just for five nights at the hotel so for a couple dollars more have you the airfare.
>> let's go to utah.
>> beautiful this time of year.
>> this is postcard picture perfect mountain views. top rated golf courses , spas, outdoor activities galore. they are go to about into their off-season which is the fall in these mountain towns so now is the time when the hotel rates start to drop. the four-star sundial lodge. $117 a night on average in the month of august.
>> fantastic. how about florida?
>> it's easy to get to a lot of great destinations. i like st . partiesbuetersburg for families. most people do their beach vacations in june and july so you won't have crowded beaches. again we looked at a package deal from chicago, round trip airfare plus five nights, staying at the vinoy renaissance, a beautiful four-star property, talking $700 per person for airfare and five nights.
>> that's are great deals.
>> now the caribbean .
>> i wanted to include the caribbean . we know caribbean and mexico, they're well into hurricane season but that really means deep discounts right now for travelers. i chose st . martin because obviously it has the gorgeous beaches, everything you want in a tropical destination but if have you a couple of rainy days , there are 12 casinos on the dutch side, boutiques.
>> kids love the gambling.
>> here i like the westin dawn beach resort and spa. this has high customer reviews on orbitz.com. always look at what other people are saying.
>> what other people are saying about it.
>> this was $169 on average in the month of august.
>> love dublin. i've got to get the price in. people earlier in the summer spent $1,000-plus just for their airfare. it is a great jumping off point for a lot of other things to do in the countryside. round trip airfare from new york, five days of car rental plus five nights at the five-star radisson blu st . helen's just