What's the most wonderful time of the year? No, not Christmas. Seasoned travelers know that the prize goes to the weeks leading up to December 25th -- and not just because all the decorations are up, either.
The weekend after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of one of the best times for travel bargains; enterprising and flexible types can land some surprisingly good deals, and not just on airfare. So quiet are these few short weeks, industry insiders refer to them as "a dead zone."
After all, almost nobody's moving a muscle -- at least not to travel -- between these two major holidays. Which means, of course, that the coast is clear and the getting is more than good. So, cancel the holidays and take some time off in between to take full advantage - we've rounded up ten good examples of what you'll find out there.