CBS travel editor Peter Greenburg has done your 2013 vacation research for you! Below are his recommendations on where to go, when to leave, and how much you can save by following his tips.
Pack your bags! January is the month to get the most bang for your buck on the island of paradise. Greenberg says airfares that normally top $600 to $800 at other times of the year are at an all-time low in January. He found airfares from LAX for as low as $279 one way. Save even more by booking package deals (airfare, car, hotel) and you can spend more on souvenirs! Bonus: Hawaii is warm year round, so pack those bathing suits!
Spring fever sets in during the month of March, just in time to finish out ski season when lift tickets are at an all-time low. Kids can get in as cheap as $85, and adults at $115. You’ll work up an appetite so head over to the famous Cabot Creamery where you can try out a variety of different cheese selections. Greenberg recommends the horseradish cheddar!
3. Alaskan Cruise
May is still off-season so there are less ships sailing through the inside passage. This means less crowds, less lines, and above all—lower prices! Cruise tickets normally $1500 and above during peak sailing months (June, July, August) are a steal at $800. This includes all meals, free activities, and multiple port stops along the Alaskan border.
4. Las Vegas
It may seem like a suicide mission, but Greenberg insists there’s no better time to visit Sin City than during the month of July. Hotel rates at the famed MGM Grand can be found for as low as $80 a night, and Death Valley and the Grand Canyon are nearby site-seeing destinations for the whole family. The trick is to venture outside in the early morning, and head back to the hotel or visit the casinos before the afternoon heat sets in.
Greenberg insists you haven’t experienced California’s wine country unless you’ve taken a November getaway. Autumn has set in, hotel prices are low ($79 a night!), and there are free festivals and tons of restaurants in nearby Santa Rosa. Spend the cool, crisp days at the wineries, horseback riding, or shopping nearby outlets. A romantic trip for two is just what Sonoma offers.
As for the month of December? Stay home. Greenberg suggests packing for the Hawaiian trip you planned for January!