Travelzoo, a website that specializes in predicting the best travel and entertainment deals and trends around, released their 5 top picks for value summer travel. And with the economy still a bit weak, some cheap deals might be the best way to go.

Australia and New Zealand Travelzoo deal experts have seen an increase in affordable airfare and vacation packages to both destinations, especially for May through August, which is winter Down Under.  No need to pack a parka, though, as the average July temperature is between 78  and 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Demand in winter is lower, resulting in better deals.  For example, Travelzoo recently published a 6-night Australia and New Zealand package for travel April through June, including air and hotel, for $999 per person.

The Bahamas
Quick and affordable flights make the Bahamas a perfect destination for a weekend beach getaway.  Since summer is shoulder season for the Bahamas, an influx of aggressive airfare, cruise and vacation deals makes this string of 700 islands easily accessible and affordable for travelers looking for a quick and sunny weekend escape.

Colorado While primarily recognized as a world-renowned ski destination, the Centennial State has an abundance of summer activities.  Colorado has 42 state and four national parks for nature lovers and adventure seekers to explore, as well as the world’s largest hot spring, located in Glenwood Springs.  Travelzoo deal experts have seen $99 nightly summer rates at resorts that typically run over $450 per night during peak ski season.  In addition to aggressive hotel rates, Colorado’s central location makes it a perfect drive destination.

Orlando Many people predict Orlando to be more expensive this summer as the grand opening of Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter in June draws new buzz.  Contrary to this belief, summer produces some of the best deals to this destination due to the loss of convention business that dominates winter and spring.  Families can expect to save up to 50% off or more at even upscale Orlando resorts.

Las Vegas It’s no surprise Sin City made the top five summer savings list. In general, May through August is a slower travel season for Las Vegas and Travelzoo deal experts predict more aggressive deals this summer as Sin City continues to operate in recovery mode.  Travelers can find hotel deals for $50 per night that include free extras such as spa discounts, casino credits and free V.I.P. nightclub admission.  Some of the hottest shows on the Strip are slashing prices, too.  So while it may be 90+ degrees outside, the cool casino temperatures and thriving pool scene make it easy to combat the summer heat.

Travelzoo’s predictions are based on current and anticipated deals in the marketplace and market information that is available to Travelzoo as the leading global travel deals publisher.