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Vayama Shares 2013 Summer Travel Trends and Tips

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the official start of summer just days away, Vayama (www.vayama.com), a leading online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel shares the latest information on where travelers are jetting to this season and gives some tips for those who might be still planning their warm-weather getaways.

Summer travel season typically begins with Memorial Day weekend in May, and carries through Labor Day in early September. With customers from origins across the world, Vayama has comprehensive insight into this year's international booking trends. A side-by-side comparison of the top 10 destinations booked for summer 2012 and summer 2013, based on data including tickets sold and routes traveled, shows which locales are Vayama customer favorites.

2012

2013

1.      London, United Kingdom

2.      Paris, France

3.      New York, New York

4.      Istanbul, Turkey

5.      Seoul, South Korea

6.      Bangkok, Thailand

7.      Los Angeles, California

8.      Beijing, China

9.      San Francisco, California

10.    Shanghai, China

 

1.      London, United Kingdom

2.      Paris, France

3.      New York, New York

4.      Istanbul, Turkey

5.      Rome, Italy

6.      Los Angeles, California

7.      Seoul, South Korea

8.      Barcelona, Spain

9.      Bangkok, Thailand

10.    Athens, Greece

 

While the summer months are peak season for tourism around the globe, it doesn't mean you're stuck with inflated prices or having to battle crowds everyday. Here are some guidelines from the travel experts at Vayama to help get the most out of your summer vacation:

There's still time to book

For those who don't start to think about summer travel until it's actually summertime, that's ok too. Stay informed for such deals by subscribing to travel alerts and newsletters or checking out real-time deals from your closest airport on Vayama's website. 

Be flexible

If you don't have a timeframe for travel in mind, sometimes last-minute tickets can be a cheaper alternative to planning far in advance. Being flexible about flight dates and airports can also help with itinerary options, as well as reduced prices.

Beating the crowds

With many families on summer break and people utilizing their vacation time, summer crowds can be hard to avoid. The key to enjoying the popular attractions and getting to see the sights without never-ending lines is timing. Arriving early or visiting later in the day will be the least crowded times, and usually a bit cooler temperature, which can be more comfortable. Explore streets and towns around the major tourist attractions to still capture the essence of a destination's culture, history and cuisine, but without the grueling foot traffic. Or, if you have the time, take a train or airbus to explore nearby cities and countries. Savvy travelers will find Vayama's multi-city feature a great way to book multiple legs of a trip beforehand.

"Travel in general always peaks in summer months," explains Joan Ioannou, Brand Marketing Director for Vayama.com. "And while we expect the majority of those trips to be to planned in advance, we encourage those who haven't booked, and are perhaps still in the researching stage, to explore the featured destinations on our website for inspiration and to view the best real-time deals based on their location."

For more information about Vayama.com or to see the most current travel deals, visit www.vayama.com.

About Vayama

Vayama.com is an online travel agency uniquely focused on international travel. Since 2007, the company has been committed to providing travelers with the most comprehensive set of airlines, fares and flights, allowing people to experience popular, well-traveled destinations as well as some of the most remote corners of the world. By working with a vast network of trusted global partners, Vayama taps published and negotiated fares to put the very best international content all in one place. Travelers who visit Vayama.com can browse thousands of hotels and book rooms at the lowest prices available, as well as rent cars all over the world. For more information about Vayama, visit www.vayama.com.

About Travix

Travix International B.V., one of the leading global and the largest Dutch online travel agency, manages an extensive portfolio of travel-focused websites operating under the brand names CheapTickets, BudgetAir, Easytobook, Vayama, Vliegwinkel and Flugladen. Easytobook is specialist in online worldwide hotel reservations. The other brands provide both search and book capability for flight combinations worldwide on both scheduled and low cost airlines. In addition, these sites offer attractive pricing for hotels, car rentals, rail travel and holiday packages. Travix operates its six brands globally, employs almost 700 persons, with combined sales in excess of US$ 2 billion. Travix is part of BCD Holdings N.V. For more information: www.travix-international.com.

About BCD Holdings

BCD Holdings N.V. is a market leader in the travel industry. The Dutch, privately owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management), Travix (online travel: CheapTickets, Vliegwinkel, BudgetAir and Vayama), Park 'N Fly (off-airport parking), TRX (travel transaction processing and data integration), Airtrade (consolidating and fulfillment), VakantieXperts (leisure) and Parkmobile International (mobile parking and traffic applications). BCD Holdings employs over 12,000 people and operates in more than 95 countries with total sales, including franchising, of US$ 22.1 billion. For more information, visit www.bcd-nv.com.

SOURCE Vayama



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