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Saturday, November 4, 2023

7 Budget-Friendly Destinations for December

We've been forgoing holiday gifts for each other for quite a few years now, because we have so many things. We opt for experiences instead and now that includes traveling in January, because that's about when we're done with the dreary weather and just need to get out of town. 

If you're looking to get out of town for the holidays, or even in January, here are some of the most budget-friendly warm-weather destinations.

If you're looking to get out of town for the holidays, or even in January, here are some of the most budget-friendly destinations that don't have terrible weather:

North & Central America
If you aren't looking to go too far, but still want to save money and leave your coat at home - I mean, don't, because you'll still need it when you return to the cold - there are plenty of places to hit up with a short flight or even drive, depending on where you live. 

Las Vegas, NV - I love Vegas most times of the year and there's always something going on, whether you want to spend time outside, gamble, or just explore the city in a new way. Vegas is full of free and fun things to do to help fill in your time between more expensive things, like fine dining, shows, and awesome interactive things like Meow Wolf's Omega Mart.

Arlington, TX - One of the less-visited city in Texas, Arlington is home to Six Flags Over Texas, funky museums, Texas Live! entertainment hub, AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, and Christkindl Market for your last-minute holiday gifts (or fun things to eat and buy for yourself).

Orlando, FL - Yes, you can hit up all the theme parks while in town - Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland - but you can also just chill at the beach, soak in some nice warm weather, eat amazing food, and enjoy hotel rates up to half-off regular rates.

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Puerto Rico - Who doesn't want to spend the winter in the Caribbean? Whether you want to do all things water - surf, snorkel, beach-lounging - or you want to stroll the historic streets of Old San Juan, pack your shorts and sunscreen, and a little bit of patience, since this is a popular time to travel to PR. Airfare and hotels are still going to be really affordable.

Oaxaca, Mexico - Skip the more touristy cities like Punta Cana and Cabo and immerse yourself in some of the wonderful things Oaxaca has to offer. If you like outdoor activities, go see some ruins or take a bike tour. If you like history, check out some of their amazing museums. If you like shopping, head to the markets at Plaza de Arma. And if you want to celebrate something, go at the end of December and experience Noche de los Rábanos, Night of the Radishes, with fireworks, foods, music, and a carved radish competition. tbh, I'd go just for that last one.

Belize - We were able to spend some time in Belize years ago when we cruised the Caribbean, and it's beautiful. It's a have for people who love to spend time outdoors. You can explore Mayan ruins. go snorkeling along the world's second largest reef, go hiking in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve to see new plants and animals, go diving in the Great Blue Hole. There's definitely something for everyone, even if, like me, you aren't a big outdoorsy person.

Costa Rica - Celebrate the end of the rainy season with ideal warm weather and clear skies, all while ziplining, hiking in the jungle, or just laying on the beach. Avoid traveling over Christmas and/or New Year, because rates skyrocket during that time, but the rest of the month is wonderful for tourists looking to get out of town and do something different. 

Stay tuned for further out destinations that are cheap and warm, so you can get away from the rain, snow, cold, or whatever else you have to deal with at home. 

What are some of your favorite warm weather destinations for winter?

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