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(Smart Money) — Searching the web recently for an affordable international trip to take with friends, Suzanne Powell found a $550 three-night getaway to Iceland, including airfare. Extending the trip to five nights bumped the price up to about $900, but it was still the best deal around. “All the other places we’d discussed, the airfare alone was that expensive,” says Powell, who says she’s looking forward to lounging in Iceland’s geothermal spas, touring on the land on ponies and visiting the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Iceland is one of a handful of destinations hit especially hard by the financial crisis of 2008, along with Greece, Portugal and Ireland, where hotel rates are still down, vacation hotspots are less crowded and getaway packages are on deep discount. Consider: During 2010, hotel rates in popular and more economically stable destinations such as London and Paris jumped 13% and 7%, respectively, to $210 per night, according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index. But the average nightly rate in Athens dropped 10% to $132, and continues to fall. A seven-day packaged trip to Ireland now costs $800 per person, including airfare, hotel and car rental, down 11% from 2008 — and $500 less than some of the cheapest July flights to Rome.