Stay Close to Home
You don't have to schlep all the way to France for a French experience: For North Americans, Montreal and Quebec City are a lot closer—and when you compare prices, it's even more enticing to stick close to home. For example, the four-star La Maison Favart in Paris starts at $500 per night in April, while the four-star Hotel Nelligan in Montreal is just $175 per night for the same weekend. Sure, the Alps are spectacular, but so is the Grand Canyon. The U.S., Canada, and the nearby Caribbean and Gulf have a lot to offer without having to fly halfway around the world.