5 Affordable Vacations to Consider for your Winter Escape

There’s no better time than the season after summer to start planning for a sunny and affordable winter vacation. And while there’s a time and place for those splurge-worthy spends, let’s buckle down and stick to a budget.

Winter is here. And as much as we all enjoy the holiday season, there’s no denying that the lack of sunlight is starting to affect us. If you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning and feeling exhausted by midday – it’s time to think about a winter vacation. And while there’s a time and place for those splurge-worthy spends, let’s buckle down and stick to a budget.

It’s okay to be bit frugal now and again.

Check out 5 sunny and wallet-friendly destinations to consider this winter.

Trinidad & Tobago

La Cuevos Beach, Trinidad (Image: Instagram/@its_aren)

Catch flights, not feelings! This dual-island Caribbean country situated near Venezuela is a melting pot of food, people and culture. This island also happens to be home to Carnival, one of the world’s largest and most colourful celebrations. Come dance, listen to Soca music, explore rugged coastlines and relax in a hammock on a soft-sand, secluded beach. It’s time to explore the road less travelled and book a trip to Trinidad and Tobago.

Nicaragua

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This affordable Central American paradise is set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Known for their lush terrain, endless lakes and volcanoes, this tropical paradise will prove to be a hotspot for the intrepid traveller in your life. Set your sites on their stunning Spanish colonial architecture and bustling food scene that will set your soul on fire, in the best way possible.

Santa Catalina Island

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This Channel Island just southwest of Los Angeles is known for its incredible wildlife and dive sites. Get your Instagram fix for palm trees, stunning beaches and resort life in this playground for the adventurous. While you’re there, make time to check out the island museum or rent a boat for the day and spot marine life in their natural habitat.

Dominican Republic

El Monte Azul Bar & Restaurant Las Galeras Samana, Dominican Republic (Image: Instagram/@rayawashere)

While you’ve likely paid the Dominican Republic a visit in your early twenties, we encourage you to visit again and forgo the resort life. Did you know that you can rent an entire villa for as little as $100 a night through Airbnb? Flirt with the idea of travelling through their capital city of Santo Domingo, discover awe-inspiring vistas, explore rainforests and dip your toes in warm white sand beaches. It’s time to discover a different side of the Dominican Republic.

Morocco

This North African country that borders the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea boasts heavy Arabian and European cultures. You’ve probably seen your favourite bloggers take stunning photos in and around their deserts and surrounding architecture, but besides that, this country is rather mysterious to many. While the flight is easily the most expensive on the list, staying here can be affordable if you do your research. One night at a hostel can set you back a cool $5. Visit this magical country for their souks, ceramics and maze-like streets that will leave your intrepid tastes satisfied.

Featured image: Instagram/@mvandersluis

Did we miss any affordable sunny retreats for winter? Let us know in the comment section.

Featured Image: Camels in Marrakech, Morocco via Instagram/@domaineabiad

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