POSTED: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 12:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — If you're not one of the 33 million expected to travel this holiday weekend and still have vacation days left to take, consider yourself lucky.
After Labor Day travel has become the most pleasurable of the pleasure travel season.
"This is the time when the temperatures are still nice, there are no crowds and you're going to find great bargains, and not just here in the United States but even in the Caribbean and Europe," points out Orbitz travel editor Jeanenne Tornatore.
In London, for example, hotels are 60 percent cheaper than they were during the Olympics.
The prices at domestic destinations also drop dramatically after this weekend.
Even in Hawaii luxury hotels and resorts will be charging rates 40 percent lower than just last week.
Airfares won't be dropping much before October, but the lower costs of everything else can offset that in places where there's a month of summer left.
Experts say that post-Labor Day travel may be more attractively priced this year due to the unstable economy.