September 4, 2019 - Kate
Believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about holiday travel! If you want to get the best deals, that is. The holiday season is one of the best times for holiday travel for a number of reasons.
To start, we all deserve a break between the epic Thanksgiving meal and the ongoing holiday celebrations to come. If that’s not enough, it’s also a less busy and less expensive time to travel. Traveling right around Thanksgiving itself can be rough because most years, it’s the busiest time for air travel and flights are expensive. But right after the long weekend of turkey and family comes to a close, air travel dies down quite a bit for a few weeks, which not only means that airports will be easier to navigate with your family, but also that flights and other travel experiences are often more affordable. If you can’t swing a vacation between holidays because of your schedules, there are still amazing local experiences to be had and deals to be found during the holiday weeks themselves.
Choosing the right vacation will depend on your kids’ ages and your family’s travel type, but there are some destinations that stand out as being kid-friendly and affordable and offer activities for a variety of travel styles and preferences. To help you start thinking about the best vacation you and your family will go on this winter, here are holiday travel deals your whole family will love:
Ready to travel on a real family adventure around the holidays this year? On the Go Tours offers a multi-country, 12-day tour that kicks off in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and travels south to Johannesburg, South Africa. Starting at just $1,255 per person, the tour includes all accommodation, meals, ground transportation, travel experiences like boat trips and camping, and crew service. The tour is specifically designed for families traveling with children as young as age 6. Together, you’ll go on safaris, tour crocodile farms, scenic drives and tours of some of the most stunning parks in the world.
If you’re looking for a cultural experience this holiday season and are the foodie travel type, check out Expat Explore’s 11-day tour of Vietnam. Another tour planned with the family experience in mind, this tour package includes expert tour guides, flights to various destinations within the country, all accommodations and meals and more, starting at $1,315 per person. You and your family will have the opportunity to explore Vietnam’s famed cities of Hanoi and ancient Ho Chi Minh, experience the unique Cai Rang floating market, taste delicious Vietnamese meals, and so much more.
Sometimes, the best way to save around the holidays is to leave the hosting (and decorating, cooking, and clean-up) to someone else and take a vacation. And when you’re celebrating with your family, is there any better host than Disney? Disney Cruises offers two different holiday specials during this time of year. The first is Thanksgiving at Sea, setting sail on the following dates departing from various Florida cities and cruising to either the Bahamas or the Western Caribbean:
November 22, 2019 – 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from Galveston
November 23, 2019 – 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral
November 23, 2019 – 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami
November 25, 2019 – 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
On Thanksgiving Day, each of these cruises features a multi-course feast of a meal, including all of the traditional dishes such as turkey and stuffing. As you and your family dine, you’ll be entertained by Disney characters in holiday-themed costumes afterward, you can enjoy live broadcasts of the day’s football games on a giant screen by the family pool.
Disney Cruises also hosts Very Merrytime Cruises around the Christmas holiday. There are tons of options setting sail from Florida and cruising to areas like the Panama Canal, Mexico, and the British Virgin Islands. Very Merrytime Cruises are incredibly festive, offering a tree lighting ceremony with Mickey himself, a party called Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball, a life-sized gingerbread house, youth parties, and more.
While these cruises can be a bit less affordable than the other vacation options, they include all meals, accommodations, and most onboard entertainment, so you can get away with paying very little more than the cost of the cruise for the duration of your trip!
Whether you’re traveling with your family, friends or solo this holiday season, you’re going to need travel insurance, but your policy will likely change quite a bit depending on who you’re with and where you’re going. To make sure you have the right travel protection coverage for your particular trip and the people going on it, start by choosing your travel type and get a free price quote here.