The 10 Best Affordable Destinations for Winter Travel
Sure, many of us dream of taking a mid-winter voyage all the way to the Christmas markets of Vienna, the snowy slopes of the Pyrenees, or Santa Claus Village in Finland's Arctic Circle. But aside from being less than ideal for mid-pandemic travel (we're talking multiple flights and layovers, plus various ever-changing travel regulations—Finland, for example, is not allowing unvaccinated Americans) these beautiful, traditional wintry destinations all have something in common: They're extremely expensive.
That doesn't mean, however, that winter travel is off-limits this season entirely. On the contrary, there are plenty of exciting and budget-friendly domestic destinations with plenty of COVID-safe winter activities—at least one of which is very likely just a hop, a skip, and a road trip away from your hometown.