HOT or COLD? Winter wonders for every traveler

Escape the cold or embrace it!

It’s January. The holidays are over – you’ve done your time with Santa and his elves – and you’re ready to start 2016 with a bang. Besides, what better time than now to knock one more travel destination off your bucket list?

For some new year’s tourists, it’s all about the snow; from sledding and skiing the slopes, to enjoying the quiet beauty of Mother Nature as she’s fast asleep. Then there are others who couldn’t imagine a winter getaway that didn’t involve beautiful beaches and soaking up some serious rays. Follow your heart towards whatever suits your fancy, but with our picks below, you won’t know whether to chase the sun or the snow!

PuertoPlata-WEBHOT: Cofresi Beach in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Best Bang for Your Buck

If you’re looking for a “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” kind of vacation, Puerto Plata is at the top of our list. Located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata boasts excellent all-inclusive resorts offering some of the best value in the Caribbean – especially during the high season (Dec-Jan).

For travelers on a fixed budget, nothing beats an all-inclusive stay for as low as $135 for two people, giving you the peace of mind that no matter what you consume, you won’t get overbudget. As long as you’re not expecting the luxury of St. Barths, then Puerto Plata offers great times and even greater value.

Our Pick: With tropical breezes and golden sunshine all year round, Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa is a budget-friendly getaway resting on the sands of beautiful Cofresi Beach in Puerta Plata. Offering the best of both natural worlds, sightseers enjoy both magical mountain ranges and Caribbean coastlines. Book through cheapcaribbean.com for package deals including VIP Spa Access, or call 1-866-599-6674.

 

COLD: Aspen, Colorado

Come to Ski, Stay for Culture

No time or money for Europe? No problem! Feeling exotic isn’t far off.For a domestic option with an international feel, there’s no better place than Aspen, CO. With four mountains to choose from, you’ll never ski the same slope twice, and 3,200-foot laps make skiers swoon. After exhausting your physical body, stimulate your mind at the truly thought-provoking Aspen Art Museum, a non-collecting art institution that plays an important role in the American scene of contemporary international art. For even more of a foreign feel, stay at the Limelight Hotel, which offers a European-style breakfast spread we can’t resist.

HOT: Sydney, Australia

Cheap Chance to Cross Oz Off the Bucket List

On December 17, American Airlines launched daily service from LA to Sydney, with Qantas close behind, now flying there daily from San Francisco. What does it all mean? Some of the cheapest flights to Australia we’ve ever seen.

A strong American dollar keeps your stay more affordable, and with inner-Aussie travel so cheap, you can easily make it a multi-destination vacation without breaking the bank. Besides the deals, our winter is Sydney’s summer, meaning warmth and rays without all that Florida humidity. So keep an eye out for round trip flights with flexible dates as low as $1,300 in February and March.

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