Editors' Pick: Originally published Dec. 28.
Don’t think you cannot afford a swank - and sunny - new year’s getaway. Many places have your name on them, with January prices that are affordable.
No, you probably cannot afford prime Caribbean - and you know what? Luxury hotels in, say, Turks and Caicos are already selling out for prime January days. Ditto for top places in Hawaii. But there is plenty of availability - and keen prices - in multiple Sunbelt locations, and there also are at least a few foreign destinations that will give you not only sun but lots of bragging rights.
Isn’t airfare a killer? It is if you insist on flying over the holidays. Said Dmitiry Dudarenko, owner of AirfareSpot.com: ”End of December equals super expensive. Waiting one week to the beginning of January can save a decent amount of money.” Advice for fugal travelers: wait just a few days into the new year, and suddenly airfares to sunny spots plummet.
Where exactly will you find availability, at prices you can pay and, yes, sun, lots of it to fuel you up to bear the chills of January and February? Multiple travel experts pointed to many overlooked destinations. “You can find all kinds of hotel deals,” said Claire Newell, owner and president of travel agency Travel Best Bets and a spokesperson for rewards card Chase Sapphire Preferred. Read on for an assortment of prime spots for January getaways - some in the U.S., some abroad - with great rates.