See the world: For people who can afford a vacation, 2009 looks like it will be the year for travel deals because of falling gas prices, softening hotel rates and a rising dollar. TravelMole, a tourism Web site, says as long as the economic slowdown continues, deals are available. For example, Walt Disney World is offering a seven-night stay for the price of four nights. Despite the deals, the Travel Industry Association predicts a 1.3% drop in leisure travel during 2009.
Don’t lose your job: Louisiana has the fourth-lowest weekly maximum unemployment insurance benefits in the country, according to a BusinessWeek report. The maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit is $258, but the average unemployed person receives just under $210 a week. Mississippi has the lowest unemployment benefits, giving out a maximum of $210 a week.
Sweet dreams: A cafe specializing in chocolate, coffee and pastries will open Monday on Laurel Street, according to the Downtown Development District. Strands Café is next to the Red Star Bar at the former site of the Coffee Star Cafe and Bakehouse. Strands will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.