Galapagos, Ecuador (Photo: Thinkstock/iStock)
Escape the cold realities of winter and take a vacation ... for a bargain-basement price. From hot spots like Mexico and biodiverse Ecuador to the bright lights of big cities like New York and Budapest, these destinations offer a welcome change of pace from the cold and dreary grind.
I've monitored trends, industry news, and sale patterns to point you in the direction of places that offer the best bargain values for the coming season. Below you'll find examples of deals presently available for winter trips. Like all deals, these are sure to expire; however, a little exploration on your part can yield similar results when you're ready to book.
New York City
The Big Apple is known for having some of the priciest hotel rooms in the world, with an average rate of around $320 per night (and December rates running well past the $500 mark). However, experts know that prices to New York City often fall dramatically after the holidays, when gift buying has emptied wallets and after the Times Square ball has dropped.
For irresistibly cheap rates at some of Manhattan's hippest stays, take advantage of Hotel Week NYC, which runs from January 3 through 12 at properties like the Gansevoort Park Avenue, THE OUT NYC, and the Ace Hotel New York. Rooms are all $100, $200, or $300 per night; book directly through the property and ask for Hotel Week rates. Check out further discounts on Travelzoo's New York page, which, as of press time, includes up to 50 percent off room rates through March.
Flights to NYC are generally inexpensive, with frequent service from most major airlines. A worthy alternative to the stresses of flying, Amtrak runs seasonal deals on train travel; currently, book in advance for savings of up to 25 percent on Northeast Regional coach fares, with service between New York and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, and other Northeast hubs.
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