Where To Travel On A Budget This Winter

The off-season means cheaper flights and more hotel availability.

Winter is upon us, as is the opportunity to snag some good travel deals.

“Winter tends to be shoulder season for a lot of places ― that’s when a destination isn’t at its most popular,” says Lila Battis from Travel and Leisure. “You can get a much better deal especially after the holidays than you’d be able to get in the summer.”

Additionally, the off-season means cheaper deals on flights and more hotel availability. “Hotels are a little more willing to budge on price and offer you a deal you might not be able to get otherwise,” she says.

The trick to planning a winter trip on a budget is to watch for flight deals by using apps like Hopper or Skyscanner. “If you’re looking to take a budget trip usually your biggest expenditure is going to be a flight, so if you can save there you’re going to save everywhere”

“As soon as your chosen destination is at a really affordable rate, you’ll be notified and can book right away,” Battis says.

Battis shares three affordable destinations to put on your travel wish list this winter.

The Bahamas

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Battis says winter is low season for the Bahamas, which makes it a perfect time to go and get some sun.

“You won’t have to pay as much as you would during peak season, so if you’re looking for a deal, it’s still warm, the ocean is perfectly turquoise and you can enjoy the white sand beaches,” Battis says.

From the east coast, flights start at $250 round-trip, and hotels and all-inclusive resorts could be as little as $100-$200 per night. All-inclusive resorts also offer food, drinks and activities, making it a perfect option for budget-savvy travelers, Battis says.

Taos, New Mexico

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For skiers and winter enthusiasts, Battis recommends Taos, New Mexico.

“Taos is a little bit under the radar and it’s not quite as popular as Aspen or Vail,” she says. “It’s a lot more affordable if you’re looking for a ski vacation and there are also day spas and art museums and all kinds of cultural activities.”

From the east or west coasts, flights are around $225 round-trip, and while hotels and condos are a little pricier at the ski resorts, Battis says there are plenty of options to find a rate that will fit in your budget.

Quebec City

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For travelers looking for a city escape without the price-tag of a European vacation, Battis recommends going to Quebec City. The city is 400 years old and the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are historic sites in the area, beautiful architecture, great restaurants and theaters,” Battis says.

It’s an easy trip from the east coast, and round-trip flights average $200. Because it’s a city, hotels can be pricey, but Battis says you can still get a great deal and have a luxury experience for around $100 a night.

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