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How to Afford a Winter Vacation on a Budget

October 16th, 2011 · blog, Guest Post

The winter months are rapidly approaching, and for many throughout the United States that means short days, cold nights, and lots of miserable weather. To combat the gloomy, frigid weather, many seek winter vacations to beach resorts or tropical islands. However, the crunch in the economy hasn’t made traveling as affordable as it once was.

But just because you are living on a tighter budget now, doesn’t mean you have to spend all winter in snow boots and a parka. There are still plenty of ways to enjoy a warm vacation during the colder season:

Book Online

Booking your vacation online instead of through a travel agency or an airline’s direct website can save you a few hundred dollars off your vacation. Sites like Orbitz.com and Expedia.com offer great deals for booking your flights and hotel accommodations together, and can even get you better deals on attractions and car rentals. So, before you call up your travel agent, be sure to scour the internet for the best deals first.

Book in Advance

The sooner you book a vacation, the more likely you are to score excellent deals. Make sure to book your vacation at least one month in advance, but try to do so 2 to 3 months in advance for the best deals.

Consider Staying Stateside

While every state in the U.S is effected by winter, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are covered in snow and experiencing 32 degree weather. Southern California and the southern half of the states, which make up the Gulf Coast all maintain relatively warm and sunny weather throughout the winter months. The water may be a bit too cool for some to enjoy, but the break from the ice and snow may be worth the visit. Plus, winter is the off season for these regions which allows you to get better rates.

Spending a week on a beach can be just what the doctor ordered after you’ve been fighting the lack of sun and abundance of snow for weeks. You don’t have to ditch your annual winter vacation simply because money is tight. Instead, travel with your budget in mind, and you will be able to keep money in your pocket while also saving your sanity.

This is a guest post by Jessica Wagner, a freelancer writer from San Diego, CA.

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