10 Insanely Affordable Winter Destinations for 2017/18

October 26, 2017 - Comment

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. While winter travel typically means holiday-inflated airfares, inclement weather, and long delays, it can also be one of the best seasons to travel on the cheap if you time it right. From cities with epic Christmas markets to wallet-friendly beach vacations, these 10 winter destinations are

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures.

While winter travel typically means holiday-inflated airfares, inclement weather, and long delays, it can also be one of the best seasons to travel on the cheap if you time it right. From cities with epic Christmas markets to wallet-friendly beach vacations, these 10 winter destinations are both festive and affordable this year.

Editor’s Note: All prices were accurate at time of publication. Thanks to CheapOair, Hilton, and CheapAir for commentary and data.

Affordable Winter Destinations for 2017/18

Still need to book your winter vacation for this year? Look no further than these savings-approved winter destinations.

Sun Valley, Idaho

 

If you’re looking to hit the slopes but want to avoid the crowds and high price tag of Colorado and Utah, head to Idaho’s ski resorts instead.

Why It’s a Steal: Sun Valley‘s airport is only 14 miles from the main ski resort area; round-trip flights from Los Angeles start at $189, or $312 from New York City area airports. With nonstop flights from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle, Sun Valley can be a hassle-free direct flight. Since winter is high season, look at vacation rentals for group travel instead of mountain resorts to save on accommodations.

Sun Valley is part of the Mountain Collective, which includes Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley, Aspen Snowmass, and more, so consider a savings season pass if you’ll be skiing those other mountains this winter.

Don’t Miss: Sun Valley is known for year-round sunshine, so skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the slopes without harsh conditions. Non-skiers can enjoy activities like sleigh rides, shopping, galleries, movies, and plenty of live music.

Stockholm, Sweden

 

Insanely cheap transatlantic fares and the lure of the Northern Lights make Stockholm a top pick for affordable winter destinations this year.

Why It’s a Steal: WOW Air has fares to Stockholm starting at $150 each way from Boston via Reykjavik for November through February flights, with average round-trip fares from Los Angeles for just $335. This winter, the average nightly rates at a four-star hotel is just $120. For even more savings, search hostels for simpler (but often private) accommodations.

Don’t Miss: The best time to see the Northern Lights is between November and March, and while the northern part of the country boasts the best views, you can sometimes see them in the capital, too. Winter brings shorter days, but you can still enjoy the Swedish tradition of fika and incredible Christmas markets for a full-on cultural experience.

Chicago, Illinois

 

If you’re headed to Chicago this winter, you’re in luck. Flights are cheap and there are plenty of activities to help you escape the cold.

Why It’s a Steal: According to KAYAK’s 2017 Holiday Travel Hacker, Chicago is the top wallet-friendly North American winter destination for flights. Median airfare from the U.S. and Canada for the winter months stays well under $300 round-trip, with prices averaging as low as $79 from New York City and $138 from Los Angeles. For accommodations, you should be able to snag a four-star hotel for under $150 all season long.

Don’t Miss: Family-friendly weekend activities for this winter destination include the Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute, ice skating at Millennium Park, and a Bulls or Blackhawks game. Don’t miss the city’s Christkindlmarket from mid-November to Christmas Eve, or Chicago Restaurant Week starting at the end of January.

Cambodia

 

Record-breaking low fares and bucket-list tourist attractions mean now is the time to head to Cambodia.

Why It’s a Steal: Winter airfares to Phnom Penh on ANA are about $600 round-trip from both New York City and Los Angeles. And thanks to the conversion rate, four-star hotels will only cost you about $40 per night. Intrepid Travel, whose trips to Cambodia are less expensive in the winter than the fall, offers tours with prices starting at just over $1,000 for 10-days.

Don’t Miss: The weather is at its best in December and January, so visit during these months for your dream trip to Cambodia’s best tourist attractions like Angkor Wat, Royal Palace – Phnom Penh, and Preah Monivong National Park.

Hawaii

 

Hawaii fares will soon be cheaper than ever thanks to Southwest’s entrance into the market. And you can also find other deals on the islands, depending on where you go this winter. 

Why It’s a Steal: Heart set on Honolulu? February will be your cheapest travel month. Trying to escape the cold of the Northeast? Consider Maui—with average airfare under $700 round-trip. West Coasters can find similarly good deals to Maui—think round-trip fares under $500 from Los Angeles. Keep your eye out for flash sales and deals as more details of Southwest’s flights to the islands become available. To…

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