It’s that time of year again: Holiday music is playing in the stores. The mall Santa is happily sporting his holly, jolly, jiggly belly. The office calendar is pleasantly clear of all meetings as the workplace becomes a ghost town in December.
But wait! You’ve been so busy that you forgot to plan your own vacation. Sure, spending time with family is at the heart of holiday cheer. But how much better would a white Christmas be if it were spent on white-sand beaches instead of at Aunt Midge’s two-bedroom apartment in Michigan? We’ve taken the guesswork out of your winter getaway with these five super-cheap, all-inclusive trips leaving from Charlotte this snowy season.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This beautiful island paradise has your name written all over it. With more than 20 miles of perfect beaches dotted with coconut trees, chaise longues, and beach-side bars, what more could you ask for in a vacation destination?
While you’ll have to purchase your flight separately, this package still has all the perks you can expect from an all-inclusive Caribbean vacay: all meals and snacks, including buffet and a la carte dining options; unlimited domestic drinks served 24 hours/day; daily activities and nightly entertainment; and non-motorized water sports. Guests will also receive a $125 credit toward the resort for spa treatments, fine dining, upgrades and at the photoshop. Be your own secret Santa this year and treat yourself to the life of luxury you always knew you deserved.
Paris and Rome
Take an eight-day trip to the City of Lights and its southern partner, the Eternal City, in this all-inclusive steal of a deal. All of your flights and hotel arrangements are taken care of, so all you have to worry about is deciding how you’re going to spend all the cash you saved on this elegant European vacation. Louis Vuitton, here we come!
In Paris, spend the afternoon shopping on the Champs Elysees (be sure to pop into the Louvre while you’re out that way). Circle the arrondissements to gaze upon L’Arc de Triomphe and discover a new religion at the famous Notre Dame. As the sun begins to set, head over to the River Seine for a river cruise that begins at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Watch in amazement as the city lights up around you on while on the water, and return to a twinkling Eiffel Tower ready for you to climb.
Live like a true Roman and dine on the quintessential street food, trapizzino, the Italian hot pockets that will make you swear off that American microwavable rubbish. Test your endurance as you climb the 140 Spanish Steps for a rewarding view of the Piazza di Spagna, or wonder at the magnificence of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Be sure you carve out enough time to visit the Vatican museums—the architecture alone is enough to send your jaw to the floor. A trip to The Colosseum has to make your itinerary: What’s a trip to Rome without a little gladiator action?
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
All of the amenities that come with this package more than make up for the fact that you’ll have to find your own flight to get there. At the luxurious Reef Playacar Resort & Spa, your stay will include all meals and snacks; an a la carte dinner at the on-site Italian restaurant; unlimited domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; bicycle rentals; daily activities and nightly entertainment; and non-motorized water sports. The only thing you’ll be left wanting is more time to spend there!
With crystal-clear cenotes (cavernous sinkholes filled with turquoise pools) and a plethora of picturesque beach-side bars and cafes, it’s no wonder Lonely Planet dubbed this Cozumel neighbor “the hippest city in all of the Yucatan Peninsula.” The most alluring cenote has to be the Xlacah, inviting you to snorkel among schools of colorful fish in its sparkling blue waters.
If a more adventurous vacay is what you seek, head south to the preserved ruins of the pre-Columbian cities. The slowly eroding temples of Tulum sit above a dramatic ocean bluff, adding to its mystique and grandeur. Explore further at Coba’s enormous pyramid, situated beautifully between two lagoons. You’ll wonder why you ever hesitated to take the plunge on this perfect getaway. (Seriously, have you clicked “buy” yet?)
Did your jaw drop at the price of this 12-day trip? Ours did, too. Not only will you have all flight and hotel accommodations included in your trip, but your gracious, forward-thinking planners have also put together a comprehensive itinerary to ensure your 12-day tour is nothing short of spectacular.
See all that China has to offer on this incredible and affordable trip. Hike the Great Wall of China in all its glory; explore the Ancient City and Gates of Xi’an; follow your ancestor’s footsteps on the ancient Shantang Street in Shanghai, and take a cruise on West Lake in Hangzhou. You’ll wonder how you crammed it all in one trip when sharing your pics with your friends back home.
Visitors can also opt for additional day trips, including an excursion to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, a Golden Mask Dynasty Show and a boat ride on Suzhou’s Grand Canal. The time you spend in the Far East will take your breath away. The only hard part will be convincing yourself to come back to the States.
A trip to Costa Rica for less than $600? There’s got to be some sort of catch. No need to be suspicious: The only thing you’ll be catching with this deal are some serious rays. Spend eight glorious days in this gorgeous country renowned the world over for its impeccable beaches, beautiful national parks, colorful culture, and pristine nature reserves. With a free itinerary, the choice is all yours for how you get acquainted with the local Ticos.
Heat things up with a trip to the hot springs kept warm from the volcanic vents around Arenal Volcano. These aren’t your typical hot springs: Swim-up bars and water slides make this a truly unique and luxurious natural spring experience. While in Puntarenas, lay out on the beach and soak up the sun, giving your body the TLC it deserves after a hard year’s work. You’ve earned this.
Since you’ve saved so much on your amazing trip, you might as well splurge on some of the many local, hand-made craft and jewelry shops that line the streets in La Fortuna. Take a trip to The Jade Museum in San Jose to finish off your stay by taking in the carved jade figurines and jewelry that date back to the Mayan empire. Your paradise awaits you in this truly magical deal.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Stay at the beautiful Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos in this all-inclusive package you have to see to believe. Airfare and hotel accommodations don't even scratch the surface of all that you'll get with this trip. You'll also have all meals and snacks for the duration of your stay, as well as unlimited national drinks, soft drinks, wine and cocktails between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Drink service is also available in the pool and at the beach, so you never have to go thirsty on your vacay. Take in the city views while getting a workout in the resort's gym, or check out the nightlife with nightly entertainment available with your package. The choice is yours in this dream getaway.
Ireland's rolling hills are calling your name, but your wallet doesn't have to worry. For just $499, you can spend eight nights in Adare, Dublin or Wicklow in this customizable, all-inclusive trip. You pick your destination cities and the rest is done for you: round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations in the city of your choice are both included.
You won't have an itinerary to follow, but that just means you'll have all the time in the world to experience Irish living how you want. Check out Blarney Castle to live like a medieval knight, or stand bravely at the Cliffs of Moher as the wind whips at your cheeks. You'll never want to leave your newfound home after taking in all that the Irish countryside has to offer.
Ever dreamt of seeing the Northern Lights first-hand? Dream no more: Your Icelandic paradise awaits. Not only will your round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations be taken care of in this all-inclusive package, but you'll also receive daily breakfast and access to the Northern Lights tour.
Only visible in the higher latitude regions of the Earth, Iceland offers its visitors a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime spectacle that draws thousands of tourists each year. Don't miss your chance to a front-seat view of these breathtaking natural lights.
Don't worry about a thing during your 10-day trip to Bangkok and Phuket. Round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and all activities are all part of the package for this steal of a deal. Not only that, but you'll get daily breakfast and one lunch as you travel from city to city with your expert, English-speaking tour guide.
Visit the Buddha statues in Bangkok, shop 'till you drop at Damnoen Saduak and soak up the sun on the island paradise of Phuket. In this carefully crafted itinerary designed to give you the fullest experience possible, you'll have the ultimate vacation experience, only lifting a finger to grab your beach-side bubbly.
Spend up to four nights in Amsterdam, following the canals and bike paths through this glorious city with this amazing package. With a free itinerary to explore how you want, you'll experience Amsterdam the way it was meant to be: on an artist's whim without a care in the world.
Admire Rembrandt's masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum or release your inner Flower Child buying tulips and other blooms at the year-round Bloemenmarkt. Rent a bicycle and take to the many paths throughout the city. However you choose to spend your days, you'll do so with the ease and relaxation of a true Dane.
Leave your worries at home, mon! Jamaica is calling your name and you've got to check it out. With airfare and resort accommodations included in this trip, you'll also get all meals and snacks (including buffet and a la carte dining); unlimited domestic and imported alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; and daily activities and nightly entertainment.
There's no place for stress in Jamaica—a fact that's backed up by its endless beaches; the resort's plentiful spas, pools and hot tubs; and the wonderful world of water activities, including kayaking, windsurfing and snorkeling. Take it all in and then some in this fantastically fun seven-night stay in the Caribbean.
Six days in Athens for just $549? That can't be true... but it is! With round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, and a free itinerary, your recipe for fun are practically cooked up for you. All you need to do is fill up your stay with the many sightseeing and fun-filled activities the city has to offer.
Climb to the top of Mount Lycabettus to watch the sunset over Athens' ancient ruins, or visit the famous Parthenon to worship the goddess, Athena. With so many things to do and famous landmarks to see, you'll probably have more trouble deciding what not to do on this trip.
San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico
Bet you didn't think you could leave the country for anywhere near under $400, but you can. With this all-inclusive deal, you'll have airfare and hotel accommodations handled for you. Also included in this dream vacation are meals and snacks, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, daily activities, nightly entertainment and a $200 resort credit.
Enjoy the beautiful resort of Sunscape Sabor Cozumel and its "Unlimited-fun" plan, including reservation-free meals at its gourmet restaurants. You won't get enough of the stunning vistas easily viewed from the beach-front property located just off the Yucatan Peninsula. Get your passport ready: Mexico awaits!
Experience Colombia's Caribbean coast on this beautiful four-day trip that includes airfare, a stay at Holiday Inn Express Cartagena Bocagrande and daily breakfast. Your free itinerary will allow you to explore your surroundings how you like, whether it's windsurfing lessons in Los Morros or Chiva rides through the city.
Make sure you try out Colombia's take on lemonade: limonada de coco. This delicious treat infuses coconut milk into the classic beverage for an unforgettable, flavorful twist you won't soon forget.
Located off the coast of Portugal, The Azores Islands are the perfect getaway. Your seven-day vacation includes airfare, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and the freedom to explore all that the beautiful island of São Miguel has to offer.
The landscape alone with its rolling green pastures and plentiful hot springs will take your breath away. When you're not soaking your bones in the warm natural springs, you'll have to check out São Sebastião Catholic church, a 16th-century architectural masterpiece featuring Brazilian wood and gold thread. Book today for the trip of a lifetime.
Don’t spend the winter months wishing you did more than eat your body weight in turkey and pecan pie. With so many affordable options to choose from, an all-inclusive trip to your dream destination is a lot more possible than you originally thought. So take the bonus from your boss and use it on some much-needed you time (and avoid the snow and ice in the process!).
Before you book your stay for these unbelievable deals, be sure you read the fine print thoroughly and understand your flight options. Remember: Despite NYC being the go-to departing airport, you can opt to change the airport by calling the number listed in your trip details for a more convenient option. Also, take note of your meal plan as some allowances may vary depending on the trip you take.
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