Are you longing for a winter vacation getaway but not sure if it will fit into your budget? If so, here are some great budget friendly options you may want to consider.
Outside Activity Destinations within Driving Distance
If you live in cold weather, more than likely you have a winter weather vacation destination somewhere close by. Look for a place that offers a variety of options which may include a ski slope, cross country ski and snow shoe trails, ice skating or other snow activities. Most winter weather destinations offer fabulous picturesque views, warm ski lodges and a variety of accommodation options. Your best bet in finding a good bargain is to stay away from school vacations and traveling during the week is almost always more budget friendly when compared to weekends. Be sure to check not just chain hotels but also more local accommodations like bed and breakfasts. A package deal that includes some meals and your lift ticket may offer some additional savings.
Even though it is winter, you still may want to consider a cold weather city destination. Lodging is usually more affordable than the summer months and taking in a Broadway show, visiting museums and other city landmarks can still be done in the cold weather. If you can find a good hotel deal in Washington DC for example, you can visit many area museums and monuments for free. New York City offers lower priced Broadway matinees during the day hours as well as many other things to do that are winter friendly. If you need to fly, watch for airfare deals which many times can be very budget friendly to larger city destinations or choose a city close to home that you can drive to.
Consider a “Staycation”
If you are on a super tight budget, you may want to consider a staycation. If you haven’t yet heard the term, a staycation is when you stay at home and take in the sites of where you live. Many of us overlook the fun destinations in our own area. Check local papers, websites, and even your local travel agency to find out what winter destination activities you might find in your area. Is there a local ski slope, places to snowshoe, places to ice skate, museums to visit or a winter festival to attend?
Escape To Warmer Weather
Finally, if the winter blues have got you down you just may be able to find a great deal to escape the cold. Be flexible on your warm weather destination and if possible stay away from school holidays. January and February (up until president’s weekend) is usually an optimal time to find a great deal to a warmer destination.