Hello, Australia! Come On Over to the U.S. in 2009

Employed by the tourism industry, I sometimes feel as though I should be a travel ambassador and encourage visitation to the great U.S. of A. Despite the global economic climate, 2009 is going to be the year for travel. Have you seen the cheap international airfares out there? To that extent, I extend an invitation to our friends in Australia to take advantage of the cheap flights on the Web and come explore our purple mountains majesty and fields of amber grain.

I know, I know, you’ve been staying away because of the reputation of “Fortress America” but that will be changing very soon. The U.S. customs folks are learning how to smile and making our friends deplaning from international flights feel more welcomed. Grab one of those cheap flights from down under and come visit our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., the new home of Obama. Or, hop on one of the cheap United Airlines flights and head to Los Angeles to find Nicole Kidman’s $7.6 million dollar home. Better yet, come to sunny Florida to paddle a kayak alongside alligators in the Everglades, get your groove on next to the beautiful people in Miami, or just be lazy on our incredible beaches. There's always the flavor of New Orleans (street performers pictured).

Or, if you feel obligated to spend time with family, visit your Canadian cousins on a cheap Qantas flight into Vancouver, one of my FAVORITE North American cities. It’s part Bohemian, part sophisticated, a bit metropolitan, and accented with loads of international flair (bike from Granville Island in Vancouver pictured).

Loads of international flights are out there for you Australians to get yourselves over here, just do it! And when doing so, be sure to visit my friends over at Travel.com.au, they’ll hook you up with the best international airfares.