If you’re tired of shoveling snow and wearing layers upon layers, it might be time for a getaway. While traveling somewhere warm and sunny may sound expensive, it doesn’t have to be. There are tons of cities and countries to be explored during the winter months that won’t break the bank. Trade your mittens in for an umbrella drink and check out a few of these affordable beach destinations.
1- Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is a hidden gem. With white sand beaches and water as far as the eye can see, you’ll forget all about the snow back home. There are no cars allowed on the island so golf carts are the fastest moving vehicles you will find. This helps add to the slow-paced vibes of the island. There’s a ton of kayaking and snorkeling and miles of coast to explore. Because it’s not as touristy as other parts of Mexico, you can often score great deals on hotels and dining. You’ll also save on transportation costs since the island is all walkable. A hotel will cost you around $115 per night and the average restaurant ticket is $12 per meal.
2- Bangkok, Thailand
In the summer, Bangkok is extremely hot and balmy. Lucky for you snowbirds from November to April, the temperature is a comfortable 80 degrees on average. If you’ve been searching for an Asian vacation, Bangkok is a lot more affordable than other popular cities. Taxis will cost you less than $2 per mile and you can often eat at a restaurant for $1.50. Hotels are also extremely affordable ranging from $20-$100 on average. In the winter, you can also take part in the dazzling Chinese New Year festivities in December.