There’s nothing like a little cold weather to get you pining for a trip out of town — no matter what the cost. But before you spend a year’s savings on a blowout getaway, consider these unexpectedly affordable destinations.
Not only does visiting a prime location during the off-season get you deals on airfare and hotel rooms, you’ll also have the place to yourself without all the hassle of crowds and sold-out attractions — not to mention score the vacation you’ve always wanted during a time when most people are suffering from the winter blues.
Since there is no real off-season in Las Vegas (concerts, shows, and gambling are never on hiatus here), winter is just as good a time to visit as any — though we’d argue that’s there’s no better season to visit. While Sin City may be hedonistic in all things, cost isn’t necessarily one of them this time of year.
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You can find cheap flights (we’re talking in the $100-300 round-trip range) from most major hubs, and hotel promotions sometimes dip into the low triple digits (think $150 per night at five-star places like The Venetian in January and February). Stay off the Strip and the savings are even bigger.
Behemoth all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, and Cozumel always promise value for snowbird travelers, but you can also find money-saving airfare to Mexico City by flying mid-week (at press time, Delta offered a $250 round-trip from New York in late January).