Don't be so quick to put away the suitcase after your holiday travel. January's a prime time for booking a vacation, whether you're looking for a quick getaway now or planning ahead for later in 2015.
"In general, the outlook is good for travelers," said Brian Kelly, founder of ThePointsGuy.com. In addition to the usual lineup of cruise "wave season" deals and other winter getaways, there are a few other factors—including falling oil prices and loosening travel restrictions to Cuba—that will further influence where travelers will find bargains this year.
In addition to the usual suspects, these four trips may offer added value in 2015:
After a dramatic slide in the ruble's value, Russia declared its currency crisis over on Christmas Day. For U.S. travelers, however, there's no denying that their dollar goes further, buying roughly 55 rubles, versus 33 one year ago. "We don't usually see a ton of deal content for Russia, but recently we've had some very deeply discounted packages," said Gabe Saglie, senior editor for deal site Travelzoo. For example, the site currently has a nine-night Russia river cruise package for $1,699, a discount of about 70 percent.
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And no, you don't have to visit Russia in winter—most of the deals are for late spring and summer, Saglie said. "Some of the travel companies have some ability to promote travel six to nine months out," he said.