Hey everyone!  Travis here with another cool summer 2009 Travel Trend update from SmarterTravel.com.  This is #3, so you know the drill by now...here we go, straight to you from SmarterTravel.com (and reporter Sarah Pascarella) -


Summer 2009 Travel Trend #3 - Family Vacations


Summer is the most popular time for families to get away, and the plethora of deals this year reflects that. Whether it's a kids-fly-free deal, complimentary nights at hotels, or two-for-one dining and entertainment specials, you'll find a lot of extra value available for summer trips. (Look for these and similar deals on sites such as Family Travel Forum, About.com, or SmarterTravel's own family travel section.) For extra savings, take the extended family and split costs among the group. Bargains can be had if you know where to look.


We've covered this topic in abundance lately, but it's worth mentioning again: Vacation rentals can be a great option for a family traveling together. Rather than having to book multiple hotel rooms for your brood, you'll get ample space, a fully furnished kitchen if you want to cook your own meals, and amenities such as a pool, a deck with a grill, and a patio. Rates are usually comparable to (or even less expensive than) area hotels. I recently wrote a blog compiling a group of vacation rental sites offering deals; check the latest offerings to see what's available for your upcoming trip.


For other family destinations, go to the local CVB website for deals, packages, and ideas for affordable things to do.


Of course, we have plenty of things to do in Tampa Bay for families of every size!  And that's it for today's update.  Keep checking back for more Tampa Tourism updates, and updates about great Tampa Bay entertainment!