I know many families are working hard to save money for a heritage trip to China. I would like to share some updated traveling information so they can make a smart decision on their trip.
It is tempting to think that it is good to travel in 2012 or possibly in another few years. However, if you are a budget conscious traveler, there are some details that make 2011 look very appealing.
We at Lotus have kept the same exchange rate as last year's although the Chinese currency has appreciated almost 10% within less than one year. Even though the yuan is stronger against the dollar, we have been able keep the same exchange rate on our touring prices for families.
In order to keep the most reasonable travel expenses, we negotiated successfully with our local hosts in each city to keep the same rate as last year although the inflation rate is going up every month. The inflation rate in China during 2010 was 7%. The Chinese government hopes to keep inflation at no more than 5 - 7% inflation for the year of 2011. Because of these reasons --- exchange rate and inflation, next year's tour prices could be 15% or higher than this year's prices.
I know that families must plan ahead for making such an important trip. If some families make plans for this summer, it should be a great time to travel.
Knowing these factors, we at Lotus Travel are also preparing new 2011 Fall and Winter tour options. This will be useful for families to take advantage of this year's rates. As I tell my families, "There is no bad time to return to visit China." However, if you are watching budget closely, 2011 looks to be an ideal year for a trip.