Affordable destinations to visit this winter

The secret in planning a great vacation on a budget is to combine the most attractive destination with the most economical time of year to visit. Visiting a pricey spot in peak season will most definitely result in an expensive vacation, whereas an astute choice could mean a fun trip that won’t empty the wallet. These destinations bring added value to the vacation market this winter.


Winter wonderland

Those vacationers that love to ski, but hate the large dent in the budget, should head to Colorado either early or late in the season to avoid the crowds. With the added beauty of a wintry landscape, the skiing and the sightseeing can be breathtaking and many resorts around Denver still have plenty of snow and will offer reduced prices. A great treat is to go snowshoeing along Colorado’s trails and in its national parks – visitor centers have lots of information about where to go and what to see. Breathe the clean, clear air and enjoy nature’s wonders along the way. This is a special experience promoting a sense of inner peace and well-being. You could even take a trip to check out some vail CO condo rentals as well. It’s the perfect holiday destination! In addition, Denver’s downtown attractions afford a chance to visit an impressive variety of fascinating museums and art galleries, as well as enjoying the vibrant live music and nightlife scene.

A tropical paradise

Bangkok in Thailand has warm temperatures all the year round. The ideal time to visit is between November and February when temperatures are between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Travelers that avoid December, which is particularly expensive, will find they can be comfortable without paying a premium for their accommodation. Of course, there are luxury suites available at high-class hotels, but there are also cheap hotel rooms at internationally known hotels plus local guesthouses and hostels.

The popular tourist sights in Bangkok include the Grand Palace surrounded by temples, including Wat Pho, the largest in the whole of Thailand, and the canal network. A boat trip is relatively cheap and offers glimpses of the ancient temples and colorful markets, where many a bargain souvenir can be found. Dining in Bangkok is a real treat; restaurants and food stalls serve a variety of delicious ethnic cuisines and English is widely understood.

Culture vultures’ delight

European destinations can be chilly in winter, but if culture, heritage and history are of interest, then undoubtedly Florence beckons, and fortunately it needn’t be an expensive option. Summer in this city is crowded and warm and the spring is pretty as the gardens come to life, however, winter is best of all for those who want to spend time enjoying the magnificent works of art and architecture that make Florence one of the gems of Europe. The famous Uffizi Gallery is first choice for visitors so be smart about ticket purchases and buy online in advance, arrive early to avoid entry queues and don’t visit on a Monday as the gallery is closed.

Entry to the famous Duomo cathedral and the Piazza Michelangelo is free. A trip to the piazza affords a spectacular view over the city of Florence, and may be the highlight of what is bound to be a fabulous winter vacation.

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