The report found that the number of days until departure, which Tripology defines as the amount of time between quote request and beginning of trip, has decreased steadily from August through December 2008. However, in an unexpected reversal, the number of days until departure increased significantly in the early part of January.

In January, the average number of days before departure stood at 141 days, up from 117 days in December and 122 days in November. Though up over recent months, 141 days is still significantly less than the 275 days reported a year ago.

Also, the average minimum budget amount per person has shown a steady decline since August 2008. The average minimum budget in January was $968 per person, down 18% from $1,176 in August. However, $968 is more than the $644 average minimum budget reported last January.

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