Long live the benefits of redeemable overtime!
I've got from December 23 to January 9, inclusive, off this year. Woo hoo! The problem is - where can one go on a tight (say, $1,000 CAN each or a little more) budget? We can leave from December 26th, and would be willing to go anywhere, really. But the all-inclusives down south are overpriced, plane tickets are atrocious for the holidays....
Does anyone have any advice? Have you found any deals, and hidden gems, cheap tickets, great spots, anything?
Your advice and experience would be much appreciated!
My sister heard something on the radio the other day about packages to Cuba going for 700$ CDN during Christmas, but alas, I don't remember the name of the company! But I've seen some pretty good deals in the Montreal Gazette, in the Travel section. If you're focusing on the all-inclusives, you might want to try a last minute deal. All you need to be is flexible with your destination, and quick. Check two weeks prior in case they have some deals for your dates, and be prepared to leave quickly as well.
If you want heat but not necessarily the Caribbean, you can choose destinations in the States like Florida, California, Louisiana (like no one expected me to say that ), Texas, Arizona, etc... flights are cheaper and you might be able to find some nice guesthouse that will accomodate for less than some hotels. Or if you're not opposed to hostels, then you can go that way. I found a flight to New Orleans for 540$ CDN taxes in. Yes I do have a lot of time on my hands and I couldn't ask for a more interesting thing to do while biding my time at work! Most of the deals I found were about 1150$, so it's not much more than your budget. Anyways, if you want more info on that stuff, let me know!
Thanks, Tam, I'm going to look into it....
I think the travel agency is Go Travel Direct, although I can't figure out their Web site. They say "Super Specials for $799" and then all-inclusives at Christmas start at $1,400. I'll try and call instead...
I've always wanted to see New Orleans, though - that's a pretty reasonable price. Jazz, jambalaya and mint julips - mmm..... I'm going to re-check Air Canada's site, too, since they have some specials on (although I don't know when their blackouts are...).
Thanks for the encouraging information!
flights to germany might not be too expensive for the moment .
southern bavaria is beautifull in christmas-wintertime and so is the tjech republic . or are you looking for warm weather ?