Do you wish you could join the birds as they head south in search of warmer weather every winter? You’re the perfect candidate for a winter break to somewhere a little less chilly.
You don’t have to jet off to Africa or Australia in search of sunshine either. There are plenty of places in the USA where the mercury stays at respectable levels.
Check out these affordable winter vacation destinations both at home and abroad.
Visiting this city during the summertime is an expensive undertaking, but winter is the low season in San Diego. That means you’ll pay way less for accommodation.
You won’t be too tempted to hit the beach at the average temperature of 66 degrees. Yet, winter is the perfect time to see all the city sights without the crowds.
There’s the San Diego Zoo, museums, art galleries and gorgeous gardens to admire in this lovely city.
The capital city is another budget beating option for winter travels. While it’s not warm by anyone’s standards, Washington DC is beautiful in the wintertime and you’ll find plenty of cheap accommodation during this quiet season.
You’ll be so busy exploring the amazing museums and sights in this fascinating city, you won’t even notice how cold it is. A reputable tour operator will ensure you don’t end up wandering around in the cold looking for the next place to visit.
If you really want to get away from it all, Punta Gorda offers a low key retreat just south of Tampa and miles away from the cold temperatures of the north. This beautiful seaside destination promises hours of low-key walks along the harbor, shopping, and ambling among its lovely historic district.
It’s just two hours drive from Punta Gordo to Orlando if you want to experience the happiest place on earth minus the peak season hordes too.
If you’ve got the budget for an international trip, winter in the northern hemisphere is the best time to head for hotter places like South Africa and Namibia.
It’s also peak safari season during these times which means wildlife sightings at it’s best. Thanks to the favorable exchange rate, travel to Africa is way more affordable than you think.
Fancy an out-of-season trip to Europe? If you avoid the top snow-skiing destinations, Europe can be an affordable place to spend some time in winter.
Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is a warm and inviting seaside destination where you can enjoy walking, hiking, and island fun in the wintertime. Other European hotspots include France’s Cote D’Azur, Crete, Cyprus and the Algarve in Portugal.
If you can’t escape to any of these winter vacation destinations this year, bookmark this page and save up your vacation days for a warm-weather escape next year.
In the meantime, keep reading our pages for more tips on how to make the most of every day in your neighborhood, regardless of the season.
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