Make Lemons Into Lemonade: This is the Time to Visit Flood-Free Areas of Queensland, Australia
Flooding has really hampered tourism in Queensland, Australia. But not the actual floods. Although it was one of the continent's worst natural disasters, none of the main tourism spots—including Cairns, Port Douglas, the Whitsundays, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast—were affected by the floods, which occurred more than 620 miles away.
And while tourism officials tried to let travelers know they were open for business, tourists canceled trips Down Under en masse. That means now's the time to book that trip to Australia you've been meaning to take.
The best deal we found was courtesy of Travelzoo, which is offering a round-trip flight on Qantas for $898. Available destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide. The deal, which is good for trips travel May 1 to June 8 and July 24 to September 3, has to be booked by January 31.
If you want to go to Australia pronto, Fly.com has round-trip fares starting at $1,048 for as early as next month.