Some experts at NASA are predicting some strange behaviour in the next few years with the possibility of a twin peak for cycle 24 but with one peak being this year and the other on 2015. A similar twin peak occurred in cycle 14 in the early 1900s. See http://www.arrl.org/news/solar-cycle-24-may-have-double-peaks-says-nasa-solar-physicist. If this happens we may have (half) decent conditions for several years yet in this current solar cycle.
Conditions in this peak really are very different from the massive peaks in the middle and late 20th century when worldwide DX was workable with ease on the higher HF bands and even 6m. OK, it is still possible to work all over the world but, believe me, it WAS a lot easier back then.