Fall travel guide
Where the deals are, and what you need to know to take advantage of them.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The leaves are turning and if you're getting that autumn migration itch, here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your fall travel.
1. Know new travel restrictions
Security is still tight at the airports, but now travelers can carry 3 ounces of liquid in their carry-on luggage. You can also take beverages aboard as long as you purchased them in the boarding area.
Of course, there will still be more checked bags and that will mean more lost luggage. So if you're booking now for holiday travel, Anne Banas of Smartertravel.com says you may want to think about sending gifts ahead of time, especially if it's perfume or wine.
2. Find those travel deals
The Caribbean is one of the best bargains out there. Banas says hurricane fears have stoked some major discounts. This fall it's estimated that travelers can save almost $400 on airfare, accommodations and bundled packages.
If you want to bypass the possibility of a hurricane, you can check out lower risk, more southern areas like Aruba, Trinidad or Curacao. These places are below the typical hurricane belt. In fact, it's cheaper to fly from a U.S. city to the Caribbean than it is to fly from Louisville, Kentucky to Memphis, Tennessee.
Tom Parsons of Bestfares.com says Florida will also be a bargain destination. If you're looking for a vacation on the high seas, fall is also a great time for great fares on cruises.
3. Good news for drivers
For those of you planning a road trip, there's some good news. Gas prices have dropped steadily in the past few weeks and now averages about $2.30 a gallon nationwide.
Of course that doesn't mean that airlines will lower their prices anytime soon. Banas, of smarter-travel, says "Airlines ignore the fact that gas is getting cheaper."
4. Bring out the leaf peepers
If you're looking to do a bit of leaf peeping this season, check out yankeefoliage.com. This Web site tracks the spread of peak colors in New England. But it's not only New England that provides a colorful autumn show. The Southwest, Midwest and Rocky Mountains all put on their own parades of color. Also check out Foliagenetwork.com for more info.