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Make the Most of Winter With These 6 Budget-Friendly Breaks

Written by Chris Osburn

This blog post was updated on January 31, 2023.

What does a winter break mean to you? Is it a chance to embrace the season, bundle up, and go outside to play in the snow? Or does it mean make for warmer climates and avoid the chill at all costs? However you prefer to spend the colder months of the year, winter is a great time to travel. Here’s a look at six cheap winter trips in both America and abroad to make the most of the coldest season.

Golden Isles, Georgia (USA)

Walkway under trees covered in moss

Spanning the 100-mile stretch between Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida is the Georgia coastline. Clustered around the historic port city of Brunswick are the Golden Isles, a group of four barrier islands including St Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St Simons Island. These islands offer pristine beaches and enchanting forests, a rich colonial maritime history, and a laidback approach to life at a fraction of the cost of other winter beach break destinations.

New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)

street Christmas lights, New Orleans

For mild and mostly sunny days and cool breezy nights, amazing live music, and some of America’s most delicious food, New Orleans is great for a cheap winter visit…as long as you avoid New Year’s Eve and Mardi Gras! Whether jazzing it up in the French Quarter or catching a streetcar uptown to admire NOLA’s elegant mansions, you’ll find the city to be an affordable destination any time of year and especially so during most of the winter.

Scottsdale, Arizona (USA)

sunset in the Arizona desert

Golfers and lovers of the great outdoors (mixed with some urban delights for good measure) should find Scottsdale an ideal destination for dry and gentle winter weather. Heading to this Southwestern hotspot is super budget-friendly in early December!

Sinaia, Romania

Castle in Romania

The ancient central Romanian town of Sinaia might sound like an off-the-beaten-path destination to many, but those in the know are aware this up-and-coming vacation destination is surrounded by ski trails with historic castles, pristine wilderness areas, and loads of historical sights to see nearby. Popular attractions in Romania such as Dracula’s castle are within easy reach of Sinaia as well. For a European break that doesn’t break the bank, Sinaia is fast becoming the place to be in the east.

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Berlin, Germany

Christmas Market, Berlin

With plenty of deals on flights to Germany, Berlin is probably one of Europe’s most affordable capitals. As youthful in character as it is historic in stature, it’s a definitely vibrant and fun city as well. Winters can be cold in Berlin, but the world-famous dance and clubbing scene ensures things will remain hot for night owls. Fans of festive season celebrations will love Berlin’s multiple traditional Christmas markets.

Stratton, Vermont (USA)

Parent and small children on ski lift

Looking for cheap domestic flights for a winter getaway? You’re in it for a treat then, because one of the East Coast’s best ski destinations is also among the most budget-friendly places to hit the slopes in the US. With more than 90 ski trails for all levels of skill, Stratton is located at Vermont’s highest peak. Beyond the sports, the town itself is a quaint and welcoming little place to enjoy the tranquility of a New England winter.

About the author

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.

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