Great Destinations for Cheap Christmas Vacations

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A Cheap Christmas Vacation is Easier Than You Think!

When you experience all four seasons, you might be ready to start looking at Christmas getaways by the time December hits. Budgets can be tight this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still vacation somewhere with more sunshine and fun! Here are a few affordable suggestions we have for travel this holiday season:

Palm Desert, California

Average Temperature in December: 55°

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For the First-Time Traveler: How to Plan a Vacation

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How to Plan a Vacation: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re about to plan a vacation for the first time, you’re probably pretty excited. Not only will you enjoy an incredible vacation, but you’ll also gain a new sense of independence and the realization that you have control over where you go—not just within the country, but anywhere! At the same time, you may be feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Whether you’re traveling alone for the first time or it’s just your first time holding the reigns, so to speak, planning a vacation can be daunting. In order to help, we’ve put together the following guide on how to plan a vacation:

Budgeting

It’s kind of a pain, but you definitely need to budget ahead of time when planning for a vacation. You don’t want to go on a trip to Paris, for instance, only to discover you can’t afford to go to both the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Instead, use the following tips so that when you vacation, you can focus on your experience—not your wallet:

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Have a Holly Jolly Holiday with Winter Family Vacations

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The Best Winter Family Vacations

Sometimes it’s hard to plan a winter family vacation that adults and kids will both enjoy. Most children aren’t avid spa-goers and most adults can only handle so much mini golf and Legoland. However, the winter often comes with some time off from school for the kids, so it can be the perfect time to vacation, and you would be surprised at how many vacations are great for parents and children alike! That’s why we’ve assembled some of the best winter vacations for families, in no particular order:

Go Skiing at Heidelberg Inn

June Lake, California

The Heidelberg Inn looks a bit like a gingerbread house, and the surrounding scenery is just as magical. In fact, the location is so lovely that it was used as a filming location in the 1930s, to create movies like Road to Utopia. Plus, the Heidelberg Inn is one of the best family ski resorts, because it’s very close to June Mountain, where kids can ski for free!

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Last Minute Black Friday Vacation Deals

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Black Friday has finally arrived! If you’re already done busting down doors to get great deals on gifts for your loved ones, don’t call it quits just yet—we have one final Black Friday surprise for you!

Instead of going out of your way to get those new high-demand electronics or that one toy that’s all the rage this year, why not treat that special someone to a vacation instead? You might be thinking: a vacation as a gift? That’s too expensive! However, that’s where our Black Friday vacation deals come in.

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Take a Hike Day: Top Winter Hiking Trails

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Just because winter is rolling in doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop! Sure, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are all fun, but hiking is an activity that can be even more scenic, challenging, and fun in the colder months. To celebrate National Take a Hike Day, we wanted to highlight some of the country’s top winter hiking spots. So bundle up, pack your gear, and hit the trails!

Olympic National Forest, Mount Ellinor Trail – Washington

This trail is not for your average hiker. Only the skilled should dare this trip. The 6.2-mile round trip hike goes 3,300 feet up in three miles. You’ll avoid turbulent weather at the top, allowing you to take in the surrounding views of Lake Cushman from 360-degrees around. Experts recommend you bring crampons for this hike to be sure you can keep your footing. And oh did we mention to dress warm?

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