Here in Utah the holiday season means that winter is fully upon us. The temperatures begin to drop and the snow begins to fall. For some of us this is an exciting thing because it means that we can finally indulge in our favorite winter sports and activities. On the other hand there are some of us who are not quite ready to endure another cold winter just yet. If you find yourself longing for an escape from cold weather, stress, or your everyday routine than a vacation may be exactly what you need. What better gift to give yourself and even your family, than a chance to unwind and enjoy each other’s company on a warm holiday vacation. You could take the money and energy you would usually spend shopping and wrapping presents and instead go to your dream destination.
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🌞 Winter Sun Destinations
Leave your winter gear behind and get a break from the cold by going on a trip to a warm and sunny destination. Lucky for you there are plenty of places all around the world that will warm you right up. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
👙 The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a part of Spain and consist on 7 different islands. The islands are Tanerife, Fuerteventura, Grand Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma La Gomera, and El Hierro. The Canary islands are known for having warm weather year round. These rugged volcanic islands have relaxing beaches, amazing scenery, and diverse landscape and culture. This is a great destination if you are looking for something exotic.
Travel time and Cost
When flying to the islands keep in mind that prices and flight times can very depending on which island you choose to visit. On average flights will be 20-30 hours with 2 stops and will cost $1000-2000 round trip during the holiday season. Once you get there you can find a nice hotel for around $60 US dollars. The average person visiting the Canary Islands will spend around $120 a day for food, transportation, and entertainment.
With each island having a diverse landscape there is basically no limit to the things to see and do while visiting. The most popular attraction area the beaches because there are so many different options. There are beaches with white, black, volcanic, red, and golden sand. You can also find beaches with very different environments such as family oriented, a party scene, as well as quiet and peaceful. So no matter what your mood or situation there is a beach that will fit your needs. The Canary Islands are also known for having great whale watching and dolphin sightings. Something that will be super special if you visit during December is the Geminidas, the years most stunning meteor shower, from the 7th-17th.
Thailand is a destination on many people’s bucket lists. With the combination of the food, warm weather, the beautiful landscape and architecture it is clear to see why. If you are thinking of going somewhere special and unforgettable then Thailand is a great idea. One of the most popular places to visit is the city of Bangkok. Bangkok is often referred to as the heart of Thailand and is a great city to dive right in for a full experience of the culture.
Travel time and Cost
Thailand is one of those places that may be a little costly to get there but once you arrive your accommodations are very cheap. Flights cost around $1000-2000 round trip with 2 stops. From Salt Lake City it takes around 20-30 hours to get there. Once you are there you can find budget sleeping accommodations for $10-$15 a night. If you are looking to splurge you can find amazing places to stay for $40+, but the average person will only spend around $25 a night on their hotel. You can find street food all around for only $1-$3 dollars per person. If you are wanting to go out to a restaurant then plan on playing $5-$15 dollars a person. Getting around will be no problem because of the many cheap public transportation options.
If you are not quite sure what to do in Thailand, lucky for you, there are endless possibilities. It is no secret that Thailand is home of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Therefore, if you are looking to spend a relaxing day under the sun you do not have to go far. Additionally, there are many different options if you are interested in exploring the adventures of nature. Look into hiking, whitewater rafting, or visit one of their national parks. The temples are a huge tourist attraction. Explore the beautiful grounds and get a special look into the culture. Nevertheless remember to be respectful of the rules and customs while you are there. While you are in a new place it is always fun to learn something new so why not take a cooking class? Thailand is known for having amazing food whether they cook it or you learn how.
Looking for something a little less exotic and closer to home? Florida is a perfect place to visit right here in the US to escape the cold weather. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other it makes for 100 miles of beaches. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day at the beach, some family fun, or an exciting night scene there is something for you.
Travel Time and Costs
Most flights to Florida are either non-stop or have 1 connection. On average a flight will be around $400 but that can be slightly higher or lower depending on where your final destination is. For a hotel plan on spending around $70-$100 a night. Most people will spend about $200 a day while staying in Florida. The price for food and transportation is what you could expect for any regular or tourist city in the United States. A person will usually spend $40-$45 on food and $30-$40 on transportation a day. If you are looking to save a little bit of money while you are there, enjoy the beach and walk if you can.
There are so many different options of what to do depending on where you go and what you are interested in. If you are looking for some family friendly fun and you are a Mickey Mouse fan, you should go to Orlando. It is the home to Walt Disney World, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Universal Studios Florida. Spending a day at any one of these attractions will ensure that you have the time of your life and leave with unforgettable memories.
If you would like to experience amazing food, night life and Latin culture, Miami is the perfect place for you. Miami is a hotspot with music and dancing everywhere you go. Finally, Key West is a great destination if beautiful beaches and relaxation are what you seek. Key West is part of the Florida Keys and has white sand beaches and bright blue water. It is an amazing place to visit if you want to unwind surrounded by gorgeous scenery.
🏦 Travel in December on a Budget
Everybody loves the satisfaction of getting a good deal. Traveling can seem like a luxurious fantasy, but if you look in the right places you can find amazing deals that will help make your dream vacation a reality. There are so many resources that can help make your plans work with your budget. Budget Your Trip is a website that is a great resource. All you have to do is type in your destination and it will tell you average costs and tips on how to save money while you are there.
The Caribbean is a destination that during December has amazing warm weather with fairly moderate prices. There are great deals during December up until the Friday before Christmas. The prices will go up at this time because it gets very crowded putting everything in high demand. Those first 3 weeks are a great opportunity to take advantage of special deals. If you are looking to stay on the beach and get the most of your money than an all-inclusive resort is your best option. There are several 3-star beachfront hotels that are approximately $100 a night for 2 people. This price includes food, drinks, and beach access.
Punta Cana is located in the Dominican Republic. In fact, it is the Dominican Republic’s most popular resort destination. December means the end of hurricane season and the beginning of perfect beach weather. Furthermore, the first few weeks of December are a great time to get some deals. Since there are so many resorts in this area competition is high to attract the tourists. High inventory means lower prices for you. Again, all-inclusive is your best bet for the biggest deals. If you are not interested in all-inclusive they also have 4-star hotels for 2 people for around $84 a night.
During December in Santiago the weather is ideal with warm days and cool nights. The first half of the month will be less crowded and therefore slightly cheaper. Santiago is a great place to visit Chile and explore the outdoor adventures they have to offer. A tip on how to save money is to eat local food. American food and recognizable chain restaurants will have higher prices than local restaurants. There are plenty of options for 4-star hotels for prices of $98 a night for 2 people.
Mexico is a great place to visit in December because of the great weather and how many resort towns it has to offer. Once again, an all-inclusive is the best option to get the most out of your money. When most of us think of all-inclusive in Mexico we think of Cancun. Although is a very reasonable option, and you can find good deals, it is one of the higher priced resort locations in Mexico. If you are looking for something similar to Cancun for a cheaper price then Puerto Vallarta is a great choice. It has rich history and amazing all-inclusive resorts on the beach.
Hawaii is a place where you can get away from the cold while staying inside the United States. The tropical weather and scenery is what attracts so many people there. Just like other tropical destinations there are definitely tips and tricks on how to travel on a budget. Of course all-inclusive resorts are going to help you save on a place to stay and your meals. If you do not find yourself in an all-inclusive situation there are plenty of good ideas on how to save a couple bucks. Many restaurants in Hawaii offer an early bird dinner special. If you eat before 6pm the menu is discounted. You do not have to spend a fortune on excursions to enjoy your time in Hawaii. Going on a hike, walking the streets, and spending time at the beach will offer plenty of free entertainment.
💰 Budget? All in?
If you are looking for a warm getaway during the cold holiday season, it is clear to see there are endless possibilities on where you can go. Hopefully this blog gave you all the information and inspiration you need. Whether it is on a budget or you are looking to go all out, there is a destination waiting for you.
In addition, if you are looking for a home on a budget, or want to go all out, C4 Elite Real Estate Team can help you.