If you’re not a fan of winter, you’re not alone. Many people loathe the winter months and yearn for an escape to a warmer climate to cure their winter blues. If you want to take a winter getaway, but think you can’t afford it, think again. There are plenty of affordable winter getaways out there to places you may have never thought of visiting. Take a look at several destinations that could be one boarding pass away from becoming your reality.
This picturesque island is 750 miles away from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
Madeira is a beautiful place to visit with its beaches as well as its historical and cultural attractions. During the winter months it’s less crowded in Madeira, making it the perfect time to visit. Temperatures are usually in the 60s so it’s still a nice getaway. Since Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is only a 90-minute flight from Lisbon, getting there is affordable. You can get round-trip airfare from the Boston area to Lisbon for under $500 during February. From there the short flight to Funchal will cost under $40 round-trip. As far as accommodations, there are some four and five star hotels that cost less than $100 a night. You can also research package deals that go for as low as $1300 per person for airfare and hotel for a 10-day stay.
Boracay Island in the Philippines is another excellent winter getaway destination that is not too crowded this time of year. Enjoy warm temperatures, in the 70’s and above, on the island’s beaches. You can find flights for around $1000 round-trip from the New York City airports. If you want to stay at a mid-range hotel in Boracay, you can find some as low as $70 a night. Many are just steps away from the beach and offer accommodations that are reasonably priced. Besides lounging on the beach you can also enjoy horse riding, cliff diving and parasailing.
If you’re looking for another tropical location, but closer to the United States, you may want to consider Montego Bay in Jamaica.
This is one of the few Caribbean destinations that is reasonably priced during the winter season. Flights from the New York City area airports can be found for as low as $400 round-trip. When it comes to places to stay, you can find accommodations for $50 a night. If you’re looking to go the all-inclusive route, deals can be found for under $1000 per person for a four-night stay with airfare. That’s a steal if you want to forget winter exists for a few days!
They say it’s “better in the Bahamas”. With flights as low as $300 round-trip it doesn’t get much better when it comes to an affordable winter getaway. Hotels that are decent start around $100 a night. Even if you stay for five nights, you can still book your trip for under $1000 per person. If you’d rather go scuba diving and windsurfing than shovel snow and make snowmen, this is the trip for you. Although Frosty would easily melt in the 80 degree weather, you won’t. Instead, you could easily melt away your winter blues for a few days without breaking the bank.
Ranked as WalletHub’s number one warm, winter destination that’s also affordable, Las Vegas has it all. Airfares from the New York area go for around $200 round-trip. They’re even cheaper from Los Angeles at around $100. Hotels may cost you around or under $150 a night, depending on where you stay. But, you can save even more if you go during the week instead of on the weekend. A mid-week trip to Vegas doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Of course there is plenty to do in see in Las Vegas with all of the shows and attractions out there.
If you’re looking for an affordable winter getaway to a beautiful romantic destination and don’t mind not getting much escape from the winter temperatures, then Amsterdam is for you.
Amsterdam is a real-steal this time of year with round-trip airfares averaging around $400 from the East Coast and around $500 from the West Coast during the winter months. You can also take advantage of hotels along the canal starting at $180 a night. There are even hotel packages to consider which can save you up to 45% compared to other times of year. If the Netherlands is on your bucket list of travel destinations, take advantage of these seasonal deals and visit now.
There are also deals to be found in Venice, Italy this time of year.
As with Amsterdam, a trip to Venice won’t exactly bring you tropical weather, but it will bring your shorter lines and allow you to see more attractions. Price wise, airfare is in the $600 range round-trip. The experts say this is the lowest you’ll find any time of year. As far as hotels go there are some you can find for around $150 a night. Despite the chilly temperatures, the gondolas run year-round. When it’s chilly out, the gondoliers will even give you blankets. Venice has so many cultural sights to see you may not even mind the not-so warm temperatures.
Depending on what you’re looking for, there are plenty of affordable winter getaways just waiting for you. Don’t waste any more time, starting planning your vacation today!