T-Minus One Month: Get Your Travel Resolutions in before 2013 is Over!

DALLAS, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With a month left of 2013, it's time to shut down the computer, get up from the swivel chair and say goodbye to the office, because it's time for vacation! Whether it's turning obligations into obli-cations, seeking a special place to unplug or stepping out of a comfort zone, Hotels.com® is making it easy to achieve some of the top travel resolutions of 2013 before the year is over.  Engage on Twitter by telling @HotelsDotCom what can be done with #OneMonthLeft.

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"A common travel resolution people make each year is to take all their vacation days before year-end," said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "In a recent Hotels.com survey, we uncovered that Americans are given an average of eight vacation days less than the rest of the world, and moreover, many of those vacation days are not all being used at all.  I'm resolving to use all of my vacation time and encourage those who make resolutions to take their well-deserved vacation time to expand their horizons."

"I resolve to turn my obligations into 'obli-cations'"

One may not choose to go to Ohio for a family reunion or to Seattle for a business trip, but obligatory travel doesn't mean you can't turn it into an "obli-cation." After the dishes are cleaned up, or the meeting is over, head to a nearby city to extend obligatory travel into an obli-cation; something relaxing, budget-friendly and effortless. Check out the Hotels.com mobile app for last minute hotel deals, and find that this convenient vacation option can be extremely fulfilling.

"I resolve to completely disconnect"

Eighty-five percent of American travelers use a smartphone on vacation, according to Skift.com, but hotels are helping travelers re-discover the benefits of getting off the grid. For example, Buccament Bay Resort in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines offers a "digital detox" package where guests surrender their cell phones and gadgets to implement complete relaxation. Other hotels, such as The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel in Jamaica and Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona are offering more spa, yoga and wellness options to relax travelers and remind them of the purpose of a vacation in the first place.

"I resolve to get out of my comfort zone"

This travel resolution is a two-in-one, as it accomplishes travel goals and personal goals simultaneously. Whether it's tackling a crazy adventure, learning a new language or traveling solo for the first time, anything is possible! For instance, the Six Senses Zighy Bay hotel in Oman requires all guests to choose an extreme form of transfer service from the airport.  Arrive at the hotel via speedboat, parasail or an all-terrain Jeep. The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago allows guests to use guitars with personal sound systems so neighbors don't hear them learning from the in-room video tutorial. The Mistral Singles hotel in Greece helps guests embrace the feeling of traveling alone in a foreign destination.  Whatever the goal may be, hotels of all kinds can help employees achieve what cannot be done by sitting in an office.

Press contacts:
Mary Apesos – Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 593-6310
Email: mary.apesos@finnpartners.com

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com

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