The website Travel-Ticker.com recently conducted its annual summer intentions survey, and asked the following: If you were given the chance to do one crazy activity while on vacation that you wouldn't attempt at home, what would it be?
Some 27 percent of respondents chose skinny-dipping -- and of that group, 67 percent were age 51 or older. The survey also found that people are becoming more spontaneous and budget-conscious about their travel choices: 79 percent of overall respondents said that felt they could save money by booking travel on a whim. In that spirit, we asked Travel-Ticker to identify five destinations that offer both great deals and inviting places to take it all off and enjoy a swim in the buff.
Check out the gallery below for the top picks!
<a href="http://www.travel-ticker.com/dominican_republic-package-deal-jcg0dj45wal691swwnqd" target="_hplink">$190 off all you can eat, drink, and play. </a>Get a flight to the Dominican Republic and 5 nights at the all-inclusive, beachfront Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach for as little as $579*. Travel August 21-October 31. Why it's a deal: Relax on an expansive, white-sand beach along crystal-clear waters with unlimited food, drinks (alcoholic, too), and activities. Rates include a flight from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale (other cities available) and 5 all-inclusive nights at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach. (Click on link to see fees and other information.)
<a href="http://www.travel-ticker.com/mexico-package-deal-5s889e26rf52ob4jk1dh" target="_hplink">$400 off 4-star Cozumel all-inclusive package w/upgrade, $749+</a>* Hundreds off a luxury escape -- plus an upgrade. Get a flight, 4 nights at the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Cozumel, and a room upgrade for as little as $749* per person. Travel September 1-October 31. Why it's a deal: Experience luxury and get a complimentary upgrade in sunny Mexico. Fly from Washington, D.C. (other departure cities available) and spend 4 all-inclusive nights at the Occidental Grand Cozumel. You'll automatically get upgraded to a Grand Concierge Deluxe Room. (Click on link for fees and other information.)
<a href="http://www.travel-ticker.com/cancun_area-hotel-deal-nmt9lwk5vn52q97am2ba" target="_hplink">Cancun area: 35% off suite at all-inclusive 5-star hotel -- $158+</a> A stylish suite at a top-rated super-luxurious hotel -- up to 35% off. Just north of Cancun in Playa Mujeres, The Beloved Hotel has all-inclusive stays starting at $158 per person, per night. Travel August 14-October 31. Why it's a deal: Get rest, relaxation, and around-the-clock luxury at this award-winning, 5-star hotel. The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres was voted the Top Relaxation/Spa Hotel in Mexico by the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards 2012 (and one of the Top 5 Mexico luxury hotels, too). (Click on link for fees and other information.)
<a href="http://www.travel-ticker.com/hawaii-hotel-deal-8biqhl5hirf9mlgigao8" target="_hplink">Kauai: 40% off oceanview room at upscale resort with credit, $129</a> A super-low rate, a triple room upgrade, and credit -- this deal has it all. Get an oceanview stay at the upscale Kauai Beach Resort for only $129, plus $25 toward island activities. Valid for travel now-December 15. Why we love this deal: Skip town for spectacular Kauai and get a triple upgrade to an oceanview room. You'll be on 25 oceanfront acres at this Hawaiian plantation-style Kauai resort, just minutes from Lihue on Kauai's longest beach. Your oceanview room with lanai regularly goes for $80 more per night. And you'll get $25 to use on your choice of island adventures at the Activities Desk. (Click on link for fees and other information.)
<a href="http://www.travel-ticker.com/barbados-package-deal-el5cjaxw0cgrv1ifpyyo" target="_hplink">Barbados trip with air, oceanview room, and breakfast, from $579</a> September savings -- 5 nights of beachfront bliss. Get a flight to Barbados in the Caribbean, 5 nights in an oceanview room at Coconut Court Beach, and daily breakfast for as little as $579*. Travel September 1-October 31. Why it's a deal: This Barbados vacation package includes a flight from New York City (other departure cities available), an oceanview room with private balcony, and daily breakfast. Resort amenities include a pool, spa tub, and open-air beachfront restaurant. (Click on link for fees and other information.)