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6 Cheap Places to Travel This Winter

Jan. 17, 2019
Travel, Vacations & Trip Planning
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Wondering where to go this winter on a budget?

These cities were ranked among the cheapest places to travel based on either airfare alone or total vacation travel price.

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan was noted as having the cheapest vacation package price for hotel and airfare by CheapTickets, which surveyed prices for average hotel and airfare packages, daily hotel rates and round-trip airfare for Jan. 1 to March 31, 2019.

While there, take a ferry to Culebra, a string of sparsely populated islands, for $2.50 per person one-way.

2. Cusco, Peru

Cusco is the gateway city — and the cheapest flight — to tour the ancient ruins of the Incan Empire, including Machu Picchu.

» Learn more: How to find cheap things to do in any city

3. Florida

Key West, Miami Beach and West Palm Beach made the list for cheapest flights and packages by the CheapTickets survey. Travelzoo experts also ranked Miami and Orlando as cheap spots to visit in January.

Book fast if traveling on a holiday week or weekend. Or if you’re a family saving for a Disney trip, it’s a good time to consider it now that the holiday season has ended.

4. Stockholm

In the colder months, you can find great deals on chillier destinations. Stockholm hotels are inexpensive based on the CheapTickets findings. While there, stop by a free museum and enjoy nature sanctuaries around the city.

5. Toronto

Toronto flights are cheap in January, according to Travelzoo. Embrace the winter vibe with activities ranging from snowshoeing to skating by the Harbourfront. While a set of skate rentals will cost under $10, expect to pay at least double to go snowshoeing.

6. Isla Mujeres, Mexico

This island off the coast of Cancun had the biggest travel price drop compared to the first three months of 2018, according to the CheapTickets survey. You can snorkel around coral reefs and choose a stay at a variety of hotels and all-inclusive resorts.

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