It’s Black Friday time!
As we know, this day has become the ultimate shopping day 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, companies, 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 travel gear 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 surf in Costa Rica and she raved about the 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.
And if you’re looking for a proper hotel or resort stay, here’s an example of potential savings. Barcelo Hotels has announced Black Friday hotel offers at their 251 properties around the world (in over 20 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa). You’ll find up to a 40% discount plus you can get an extra 20% off with the code BF2021 at some excellent accommodations for next year.
This ensures you get the best price guaranteed. You can also receive other discounts through their “my Barcelo” loyalty program as well, simply by signing up.
If you saw yourself on a white-sand beach, options include:
- 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 can be found here as well:
- Madrid (Barceló Torre de Madrid)
- Rome (Occidental Aurelia)
- Prague (Occidental Praha)
- Budapest (Barceló Budapest)
Again, this is just an example. Black Friday discounts are everywhere.
So, where do you want to go next? What type of adventure are you looking for? If you can answer that question, get ready to save and turn those travel dreams into reality!
By the way, did you know the origin of the term Black Friday? It was apparently used by the police and bus drivers in Philadelphia back in the 1960s to describe the heavy pedestrian traffic on the day after Thanksgiving. It’s quite a different story these days.
*Dates of application of the promotional code are for new reservations made between 11/19/2021 to 11/28/2021 for travel between 11/19/2021 to 12/31/2022. Restrictions may apply in some hotels and specific periods.
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