Canadians love to take vacations around the holidays as the weather gets cold. However, sometimes that winter getaway can put a serious dent in your wallet. It turns out that this year to save some cash, your best bet for budget-friendly destinations this winter are in Canada and the U.S.

Kayak, the travel search engine, has released its new Holiday Travel Trend Forecast and the data shows that Canadians are planning ambitious trips this winter to destinations that are farther away. 

But for a more budget-friendly option, Kayak suggests travelling to the U.S. this winter or even travelling to places in Canada to save some money. 

After treating others with gifts and spreading that holiday cheer, there's no shame in treating yourself. But going on a vacation or even just a weekend getaway doesn't mean you have to break the bank. 

Here are nine budget-friendly destinations in Canada and the U.S. for Canadians to travel to this winter. 

New York, New York

Sure, autumn in New York is great but have you ever thought about winter in New York? There's a holiday market in Bryant Park, free ice skating, holiday shop window displays and more.

Median airfare price: $379
Savings: 63% lower than the average airfare for North America

Boston, Massachusetts 

The city of Boston has a lot to offer tourists. You can take in a hockey game, go skating or sledding and go on a DIY walking tour of the Freedom Trail.

Median airfare price: $414
Savings: 60% lower than the average airfare for North America

Atlanta, Georgia

If you're looking to escape the cold and the snow, Atlanta is a good choice. Even though the occasional flake does fall, it doesn't accumulate a lot. And Atlanta is home Callaway Gardens which has more than 8 million light decorations in the winter.

Median airfare price: $355
Savings: 55% lower than the average airfare for North America

Seattle, Washington

For a typical Seattle experience go to the Space Needle, basically the U.S. CN Tower, where you can see the snowy peaks of the Olympic Mountains. If you're a coffee-lover, don't forget to stop by Pike Place Market where the first-ever Starbucks is located.

Median airfare price: $489
Savings: 52% lower than the average airfare for North America

New Orleans, Louisiana 

A winter getaway to New Orleans sounds pretty great. Especially if you take in the Celebration in the Oaks at City Park and see light displays across the park's entire 25 acres.

Median airfare price: $489
Savings: 52% lower than the average airfare for North America

Washington, DC

There's a lot of free winter activities to do in the U.S. capital. You can make s'mores at a firepit and look up at the massive National Christmas Tree and shop holiday markets. 

Median airfare price: $404
Savings: 60% lower than the average airfare for North America

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Sometimes it's nice to vacation in Canada and see all that our country has to offer. If you plan on driving in Abbotsford either with your own car or a rental, make sure you've got snow tires on!

Median price: $236
Savings: 50% lower than the average airfare for North America

Chicago, Illinois 

The Windy City is great for the winter. You can even skate at a 16,000 square-foot rink for free at Millennium Park. And if you're in need of a warmup and your hot chocolate isn't doing it, check out the city's two indoor gardens. 

Median airfare price: $462
Savings: 55% lower than the average airfare for North America

Nashville, Tennessee

Music City is the place to be! It doesn't tend to get brutally cold in Nashville like it does in Canada so that's a plus. But they still have holiday attractions like millions of holiday lights that are on display and a huge New Year's Eve party. 

Median airfare price: $236
Savings: 50% lower than the average airfare for North America

So if you're looking for a winter getaway but don't want to spend a huge amount of money, these North American destinations are the perfect fit for you. 


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