If you can find the time to travel in the winter, you might be able to land big savings on your vacation. Not only do you avoid the crowds and chaos that come with summer, but you dodge the price surge too. (This year, winter ends on March 20, 2019)
Whether you’re looking to embrace the cold or find a tropical getaway, traveling in the winter can reap serious benefits. If you book a trip to one of these locations, your money will go further than it would in the summer.
1. Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World in Orlando may be known as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but smaller crowds, lower prices, and more moderate temperatures could make it even happier. If you travel to Orlando in the winter, you’ll experience all three.
Since fewer people travel to Florida in the winter, plane tickets and hotel prices drop down to more affordable rates. The park isn’t empty, but January, February, and March tend to be some of the quietest months for Disney.
The weather is still beautiful as temperatures sit around 70 degrees, so it’s still perfect for beach days or Disney’s water park.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
If you want to avoid the chaos of Sin City but still have some fun yourself, Vegas during winter is your answer. Crowds tend to be smaller and quieter, and while cold temperatures might keep you indoors, the savings you’ll find might allow you to do twice as much as you would on a summer trip.
You can find discounts at one of the five-star hotels on the strip, or if you’re really thrifty you can find a room off the strip for as low as $50 per night.
Hotel savings coupled with cheaper attractions and shows means you can do more or risk a little more in the casino. For example, you can find tickets to see Penn & Teller’s magic comedy show in February for almost 40% less than what they’d cost in the summer.
3. Rome, Italy
If you have time to go international, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Italy.
Rome is one of the prime sightseeing destinations in the world, which means it attracts tourists year round. If you plan an Italian getaway in winter, however, you’ll find that you can see more with less money and hassle.
Winter temperatures in Rome hover in the mid-40s to low-50s so it’ll be cool but at least you won’t have to deal with common summer temperatures that are in the 90s.
Depending on where you fly from, airfare to Rome can cost half as much in February and March as it would in July.
4. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Don’t mind the cold weather? Traveling north of the border will let you ski on some of the best slopes in North America for a reasonable price. A trip to Whistler will really emphasize the “winter” aspect of a winter vacation.
Hotels and lodges around the mountain are massive and generally go for well under $200 per night and flights to the area can cost half of what they would in the summer.