Savvy travelers know the key to affording a getaway to just about any place in the world is in picking the best off-peak time of the year to visit. Pairing the right destination with the cheapest time to travel there can sometimes mean hitting the beaches a little later, the ski lifts earlier, and avoiding the rates associated with high-season hotel stays.
Articles for 2010
By Vince Font
There’s good reason Utah ski resorts lay claim to having “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” but I’ve always found it’s best not to believe everything you hear until you’ve had a chance to find out for yourself. It’s a great excuse to travel, right? You’ll find my top picks below at or near top-notch Utah ski resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon: Solitude Mountain Resort and Brighton Resort. Both are perfect for families, more intimate than crowded, plus Brighton offers night skiing Tuesday -Saturday, with kids under seven skiing free.
If you’re ready to bundle the fantastic Utah powder with a cheap ski vacation getaway, don’t look further than these top five Utah ski vacation steals:
By Vince Font
You can find a good number of cheap Caribbean vacations that’ll make you do a double-take of disbelief when you view the final price tag. But with so many resorts to choose from, how do you find the best resort for the money? Minimize your risk: book a package — hotel plus flight — and go with one of these three cheap Caribbean vacation steals.
By Vince Font
Christmas shopping in a place like New York City isn’t exactly inexpensive, which is why the hunt for cheap New York hotels is a must. There’s always the option of nabbing cheap holiday flights to get you in and out in a single day, but in order to really make it worth your while, stay the night.
By Susan Johnston
With zero sales tax on clothes and an abundance of cultural events, Boston is the perfect place to finish your holiday shopping and celebrate the season in style staying at cheap Boston hotels. Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has captivated generations of theater-goers. But there’s also The Urban Nutcracker (presented by Ballet Rox at Wheelock Family Theater), Christmas Revels (in honor of the 40th anniversary, the Revels will return to their roots with a Medieval English theme), and scores of other holiday performances, concerts, and other special events and Boston vacation packages.Thanks to the following cheap Boston hotels, you can sleep like a king or queen without spending like one. Or as we locals would say, you can score a bah-gain!
By Vince Font
NFL fans listen up: San Francisco during football season is one of the most exciting places to view 49ers games up close. But you don’t have to be into sports to learn that San Francisco’s just a really neat town, with equally interesting hotels. If you’ve never been, now may be the best time to scope out San Francisco vacation packages for the season. Below is a short list of three cheap San Francisco hotels you can usually get for under $100 per night.
By Maria Mora
For a cheap Halloween getaway, you’ll find it hard to resist Windy City where cheap Chicago hotels, rustling leaves and cool fall temps and early bargains on holiday shopping deals are only half the reason to go. For me, it’s the many Halloween attractions that keep me coming back for more. Don’t take my word for it — plan your trip now and don’t miss these favorite Chicago Halloween celebrations.
By Nina Gass
Known for its animal parks, Lego bricks, museums, and water sports, San Diego is also becoming a top spot for enjoying regional flavors, sights and sounds through its jam-packed schedule of festivals throughout the year. The fall season is a great time to head to San Diego. During the season, the city has a great festival line-up, including California wine festivals and craft fairs, not to mention its mild weather and extensive offering of cheap California hotels.
If you’re visiting San Diego this fall, be sure to check out these three October events bound to tempt your taste buds and delight your senses:
Looking for the cheapest flights around? We scoured the latest deals and found two sweet flight sales you won’t want to miss: take your pick with super low domestic fares from AirTran Airways or cheap weekend flights with American, United and US Airways.
AirTran for cheap domestic flights and more
Book by this Tuesday, October 12, 2010, and travel through January 26, 2011, for cheap round-trip fares starting as low as $88 to popular U.S. destinations and beyond. Sample round-trip fares include:
- Atlanta to Indianapolis: $88
- Boston to Chicago: $158
- Philadelphia to San Juan: $158
Last-minute deals on American, United and US Airways
It’s still not too late to take that weekend getaway with cheap, last-minute flights from American Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. For travel this weekend to popular U.S. destinations, you’ll find cheap fares like these:
- Charlotte to New York: $96
- Chicago to Des Moines: $110
- Phoenix to San Diego: $148
See individual flight sales for complete terms and conditions.
By Nina Gass
Saying you live in Los Angeles doesn’t mean much, considering the city spreads out across such an expansive area. And since I live on the outskirts of Los Angeles in a high desert area, date night and family weekend excursions often involve staying at a cheap Los Angeles hotel.