If the holiday season leaves you feeling like you need a real vacation, then you’re in luck. The early part of the year is the best time to find travel deals to some of the best vacation spots in the world. You can find discount flights, deals on hotels and many of the most popular destinations will not be busy. We wanted to help you plan that real vacation, so we put together some of the best travel deals for 2018 with a focus on those early in the year.
Best Places to Travel in Early 2018
If you are looking for a deal on travel to Mexico, then the best time of the year to plan your trip is probably January. While you will have some possible rain, these light showers typically only come in short bursts and the weather is mostly nice in places like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. The best time to plan your trip is typically going to be in the middle of January or later.
Apple Vacations has a selection of all-inclusive deals on stays in the Hotel Zone of Cancun starting at $1600 per person. This includes the flight, hotel suite for 5 nights, and your meals and drinks.
Travelocity has a deal for 2 round trip tickets and 5 nights at The Royal Islander in Cancun for $674 per person. This is not an all-inclusive deal so you would be able to explore local restaurants and bars more.
Nicaragua might not be at the top of your travel list, but it probably should be one of the places you consider. It is a beautiful country with lots of small beach towns that would be perfect for a post-holidays getaway. The average temperature in January in Nicaragua is around 80 degrees and there is usually very little rain. San Juan del Sur has great beaches and a developed city with lots of fun things to do. The Corn Islands should also be on your list for a relaxing vacation. They offer tons of great activities along the beaches, like snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and more.
Booking.com has a selection of great deals for stays on Big Corn Island, Nicaragua during late January. You can even still get a room at La Princesa de la Isla, which is one of the most unique and beautiful resorts on the island, for $300 for 5 nights. If you are dreaming of getting away to a beach bungalow, then you’ll definitely want to put these deals on a Nicaragua trip on your list.
Costa Rica should also be on your list for great vacation spots during the early part of the year. The weather is fantastic and the tourism generally goes down a bit after the first week of January. You can explore the abundance of national parks, waterfalls, and wild life. There are also a bunch of quiet beach towns that would make the perfect escape from a dramatic holiday season. We also covered the favorable exchange rate for US Dollars in Costa Rica in a previous post.
If you are looking for something slightly more exotic, you can stay in a Sacred Geome-Tree House for $81 per night on AirBnB.com. The tree house is about 15 minutes from Montezuma Beach so you can enjoy all the aspects of life on the beach. It is popular and does not have availability until February right now. There are a few open spots in each of the months after that. There is a large selection of villas and homes throughout Costa Rica on AirBnB at very affordable prices so it is a great place to start your search.
You will typically find the best deals on vacation packages to Australia in April and May. The Sunshine Coast of Australia will still generally be around 70-80 degrees most days. Most of the rain in this area occurs in the early part of the year and has usually past by April. The Sunshine Coast is only about an hour and half North of Brisbane so you can easily visit Australia’s third largest city.
Flights to Australia are typically the most expensive part of your trip. You will definitely want to follow our guide to getting the best discounts on flights. You want to make sure you are using the software, apps, and websites that will automatically track and find the best flight deals for you. CheapFlights.com is certainly one of those sites and they put together an impressive guide to getting cheap flights to the Sunshine Coast specifically.