5 of the most affordable destinations to fly to this winter
There's nothing like a little cold weather to get you pining for a trip out of town — no matter what the cost. But before you spend a year's savings on a blowout getaway, consider these unexpectedly affordable destinations.
You can find cheap flights (we're talking in the $100-300 round-trip range) from most major hubs, and hotel promotions sometimes dip into the low triple digits (think $150 per night at five-star places like The Venetian in January and February). Stay off the Strip and the savings are even bigger.
Mexico's high season — and its typically hot weather — doesn't begin until the spring, so hotel rates remain low. If you'd like to hop around, a four-hour drive gets you to San Miguel de Allende, a 16th-century colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its artisanal wares, romantic alleys, and authentic food trucks.
Another bonus: the street performers and jazz dens of the French Quarter, Garden District, and Jackson Square remain as lively as ever. Accommodations are also appealingly cheap thanks to a wave of new hotel openings in neighborhoods throughout town (we like hip new motel concept The Drifter).
Though it's not exactly warm — typical temperatures average around 46 degrees Fahrenheit during those months — there's something incredibly romantic about bundling up for an atmospheric stroll down Rome's cobblestone lanes decked out in festive holiday decorations.
JetBlue's affordable direct flights from New York and Fort Lauderdale are making this UNESCO World Heritage Site's charming walled city (with its Spanish-colonial architecture and surrounding wildlife-filled rainforests) increasingly accessible, while remote natural wonders like snorkel-friendly Playa Blanca in the Rosario Islands archipelago, about an hour ferry ride from Cartagena, remain blissfully crowd-free.
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