Plan your next vacation right now

The American economy is great right now, with the stock market hitting all time highs and unemployment at historic lows. How long will the good times last under an all Republican government? Nobody knows for sure but, historically speaking, you might want to start planning that European vacation soon.

Now is the best time for travel to the United Kingdom where you get more bang for the buck with the exchange rate hovering around $1.25 for every British Pound. It's easy to find air-inclusive packages to the United Kingdom and favorite destinations such as London, Bath, Liverpool, Edinburgh and more.

Travel companies are responding to the shift in the dollar/pound ratio by adding new packages, according to Ben Block, CEO DH Enterprise and Associates, Inc. “The stronger dollar is not only making vacations a better deal, it also helps travelers save money on meals and shopping when they are in the UK. It’s a big win for our customers.” His company, Great Value Vacations is a tour operator offering premium air-inclusive vacation packages, including independent and escorted trips, at prices that are at or better than if the components were purchased separately.

For example, a 7-night “Scottish Castles & Manor Houses” package self-drive vacation includes round-trip economy class airfare to Edinburgh, rental car, daily breakfast, and lavish accommodations in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, the Scottish Highlands and Argyll. All service charges and taxes are included, as well as the Scottish Heritage Pass, offering free entrance to more than 120 of Scotland’s historic attractions. Rates start at $1,572 per person, double.

Those looking to visit London have a choice of options that include independent city stays for 4 to 6 nights. Or, combine city and country with a 6-night “English B&B Vacation with London”: enjoy two nights in London, then pick from a selection of hundreds of Bed & Breakfasts within the country for a four-night stay. Additional nights are also available. In addition to accommodations, the package includes a car rental for days 3 to 6, 1-day London Pass, 7-Day English Heritage Pass, breakfast daily, arrival airport transfer, and round-trip airfare to London. Rates start at $1,260 per person, double.

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