9 Insanely Affordable Winter Vacations for 2018-19

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Smarter Travel has published an article of 9 Insanely Affordable Winter Vacations.

  1. Nevada – According to KAYAK and CheapAir.com, Las Vegas is one of the cheapest places to fly this winter, with a median airfare of about $200 roundtrip; or head to Reno-Tahoe for about $300 roundtrip from most major U.S. cities. Nevada is an affordable winter vacation spot that sees mild weather and offers a variety of activities, from casino-going to outdoor activities like hiking and skiing.
  2. Asheville, North Carolina – With budget airlines expanding to the city, Asheville saw a 40 percent drop in airfares according to CheapOair. Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains for great value into the early winter months of 2019. Walk around the Art Deco downtown area, take a rooftop bar tour with amazing views, drink up at some of the city’s 33 breweries in the South Slop District, or even take a winter hike (here are five to choose from).
  3. South America – Thanks to the recent expansion of LATM routes and service from the new airline GOL, convenient and cheaper flights to South America are more readily available. Check out affordable Sao Paulo, head to Rio de Janeiro for the Carnaval season flights are 24 percent cheaper compared to last winter or check off a bucket list destination like Patagonia, Bolivia’s Salt Flats, or the Inca Trail.
  4. Warsaw, Poland –  According to CheapOair, Poland and its capital Warsaw are cheapest to travel to in the winter, with early 2019 prices about $580 roundtrip. Whether you’re looking to celebrate the holidays in Europe or experience a world-class European city on the cheap, Warsaw should be on the top of your list. Classic wintertime activities include ice skating in Old Town Square, strolling through the outdoor illumination exhibit, visiting The Royal Garden of Light, and soaking in the outdoor heated pools at Wodny Park.
  5. Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta tops KAYAK’s cheapest places to fly this winter, with flights as low as $100 roundtrip from major U.S. cities. During winter, enjoy milder temperatures at endless outdoor parks including Centennial Olympic Park and the Botanical Garden; stroll neighborhoods like Little Five Points and Cabbagetown; and discover the emerging culinary scene at James-Beard-caliber restaurants.
  6. Southeast Asia – Laos and Cambodia have seen lower airfare this winter season with roundtrip prices below $1,000 roundtrip to the region for cities like Siem Reap. New service from Thai Airways connects you to cities like Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Yangon (Mynamar), and Phnom Penh (Cambodia) via Bangkok, so you can maximize your options.The warm and dry high season in the region stretches from January to March, so you don’t have to worry about monsoons and other weather threats in winter.Discover everything the region has to offer with group travel company Intrepid’s 9-day Cambodian Traveler trip, which starts at just $787; or Essential Vietnam, from $765 for 11-days.
  7. Seattle, Washington – Getting to Seattle is inexpensive, with airfare prices in the winter months as low as $250 roundtrip from east coast locales like Boston and Baltimore, according to Airfarewatchdog. Free holiday events include family-fun and shopping activities at Pike Place as well as Seattle Center Winterfest. New this year, Enchant Christmas comes to town with an illuminated maze, Christmas Market, skating rink, and more. Tickets start at $20.
  8. Flagstaff, Arizona – Snowbirds flock to Arizona as cold weather hits the northern parts of the U.S., and while many head to the Phoenix area for warmer weather, nearby Flagstaff delivers a pretty convincing winter experience, with averages of 100 inches of snow annually in the downtown area. I found fares from about $300 roundtrip for winter months from departure cities like Boston, Atlanta, Austin, and Chicago on Airfarewatchdog. Winter hiking, brewery hopping, skiing, snowmobiling, stargazing—not to mention its accessibility to the Grand Canyon about 80 miles away—are all great reasons to explore this lesser-known destination. To boot, winter is more affordable and the Grand Canyon is less crowded. Plus, there’s almost nowhere else in the world where you can see snow contrasting the area’s famous red rocks.
  9. Austria – With roundtrip flights from Boston, Chicago, and Baltimore to Vienna at near-historic lows—like $500 low, as found on Airfarewatchdog—this popular skiing country in Europe makes for a great affordable winter vacation this year.Hit the slopes in the Austrian Alps with tour operator Contiki on the Austria Ski package, a weeklong ski trip starting at $685 (including accommodations, day trips, and most meals). Based in Hopfgarten, it’s the perfect base to explore the SkiWelt, Austria’s interconnected ski slope network.The country embraces cold weather with famous Christmas Markets, ice skating rinks, roasted chestnut and potato wedge stalls, mulled wine, and the best opera season.

getting a cheap flight only puts you halfway toward affordable. In that spirit, These are nine affordable winter vacation destinations that offer both cheap flights and good on-the-ground prices—plus plenty of fun activities and sights for 2018.

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