Going on vacation in December is for the most part, only accomplished by wealthy people. School holidays, office closings, Christmas, and New Year’s make almost all trips incredibly expensive.
Prices drop after the first week of January when life goes back to normal, but not everywhere. Certain hot spots remain costly, but you can still take a few days off and travel to a place that won’t burn a hole through your wallet.
People don’t need a reason to take a break, and they certainly don’t want to spend an unnecessarily huge amount of money to make the most of a well-deserved time off. Winter breaks on a budget are a real possibility if you consider places you may have not before and are flexible with the dates.
Even destinations with warmer climates, where most people head to, can be cheap. Colder temperatures usually mean a great opportunity to bargain. Hotels and tourist attractions don’t close and still need to appeal to customers. A lot of packages are on sale.
The dollar is still strong. That means you can get a lot of bang for your buck whether you go to Europe, which has many inexpensive secret gems, or South America. Several charming and cool places in the U.S. made the list as well.