We are yelling this public service announcement from the rooftops: you need a vacation!
We know, we know. You used up your paid leave over the summer so you just couldn’t possibly take any more time off. Plus, the holidays are fast approaching and you need to save up to buy everyone you know something they can probably live without. However, we think that you should put the excuses aside, because there are some seriously amazing options for a quick getaway.
It might be too late to book the adorable bed and breakfast of your dreams, but we scoured Expedia and discovered twenty all-inclusive getaways that you can snag now for that weekend for less than $1000, no matter where you live. Imagine yourself being pampered at the spa, lounging at the beach, or strolling cobblestoned streets and make it happen!
You would be surprised how far your money will take you when you bundle your flight and hotel.
These vacation packages in nearby hideaways and destinations across the sea are the real deal. Keep reading to find out where you can relax or adventure for a bargain.
20 What Was Once A Spring Break Stop, Cancun Is Now Enjoyed By All Year Round
It’s fair to say that Cancun has a certain reputation. For years, it was synonymous with wild and crazy co-eds escaping reality in mid-March. It might still be little rough around the edges, but the Cancun of today is dotted with upscale resorts that attract a slightly more refined crowd.
One such resort is the Nizuc. Surrounded by refreshing blue water and lush greenery, this five-star property has everything from onsite fitness classes to childcare. Utilize the express check-in option to get to the pool faster (there are five to choose from). Opt for a sea view rather than a garden view (obviously) and score a free breakfast buffet.
19 Punta Cana Is A Par Above The Rest
We definitely intended the pun when we said Punta Cana is a par above. At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, you can experience the best the Dominican Republic has to offer.
This all-inclusive resort is jam-packed with food (ten restaurants), fun (thirteen pools and themed parties), and fairways (onsite golf course with unlimited rounds for you and your guests).
Music memorabilia lines the walls of the resort and is sure to evoke some nostalgia. You can’t take any of it, but there are lots of Hard Rock souvenirs available for purchase (so leave room in your luggage).
18 San Juan Is Open For Tourism And Ready To Dazzle Again
If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation that won’t break the bank, look no further than San Juan. The city has bravely risen from Hurricane Maria and has opened itself back up for tourism.
If your teenager groans at the thought of having to do anything with the family, assure him or her that San Juan is also super fun. The Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is right on the ocean and only two miles from Old San Juan. The resort offers a game room, onsite activities for all ages, and two pools connected by a waterslide. Plus, kids under seventeen years of age stay for free (bonus) and while they are being entertained you can get a massage (double bonus).
17 Key Largo, Montego, Baby Why Don’t We Go
The Beach Boys wrote about it and now you can live it. Montego Bay is Jamaica’s premier destination for all-inclusive resorts, cruise ship ports, and snorkeling aficionados.
Skip the crowds and hang tight at the Royal Decameron. You will have access to the resort’s private white sand beach and free water sports equipment rentals. Relax in your garden view room (or upgrade to an ocean view) and then sample cuisine from one (or all) of the seven bars and restaurants at the resort.
Your food and drinks for the weekend are included in the price (still under $1000), so the only thing you would have to pay for is internet, but you don’t really need that because you’re on vacation and those work emails can wait.
16 Everyone Else Is Discovering Tulum, Now Is Your Chance
A few years ago, nobody was talking about Tulum. Now, it’s all the rage and it is (or was) definitely Mexico’s best-kept secret.
Indulge in Tulum’s Nomade during your stay. The hotel, already offering outstanding service, offers a master suite as part of your vacation package. When you’re not too busy watching sea turtles frolic in the water or eating a meal prepared by one of the world’s top chefs, explore the nearby Mayan ruins.
Pro tip: we’ve been watching the price and it keeps changing, so if you check and it’s astronomically expensive just try again. We think today is your lucky day.
15 To Paris, With Love
If you thought there was no way you could plan an inexpensive vacation on short notice, we’re here to say your procrastination may have paid off. There’s so much to do in Paris, but our suggested itinerary varies a little from what you might think of (we love the Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries, but we’re skipping it).
Allow the Radisson Blu Hotel in Magny-le-Hongre to be your home while you visit the happiest place on earth (okay, the happiest place in France). That’s right, the flight and stay at the Radisson fall so far under budget that you can afford to visit nearby Disneyland Paris on your trip. The hotel will even provide a free shuttle there and back.
Grab those Mickey and Minnie ears and get to booking!
14 Crystal Clear Waters And Sandy Beaches Await You In The Bahamas
You’ve undoubtedly seen the commercials about the all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas. You know, the ones with dolphins and winding lazy rivers that make you think those people don’t have a care in the world. Many of those resorts are entirely as expensive as they look, but we found a combo deal so good it will mean that you won't have a care in the world.
Enter, the Orange Hill Beach Inn. This beachside hotel in Nassau offers a picnic area and free grocery service so you can plan and implement a perfect picnic without even leaving the sand.
Basically, you get all the good parts of the Bahamas without the steep prices.
13 Mark New York City Off Your Bucket List
There’s nothing specifically “all-inclusive” about it because it’s New York and, let’s face it, it’s expensive. However, you can get your flight and hotel combo for less than $1000 and that’s a steal for the Big Apple.
At the Crowne Plaza, you can freshen up from your flight and hit the town. You will be in the heart of Times Square, which is the perfect opportunity to see a Broadway show, grab some dinner, or just people watch. Take our advice and steer clear of the characters in costume (we’re looking at you, Spiderman) unless you want to be out a few bucks.
12 Keep Calm And Visit London
The British invented the slogan, “keep calm and carry on”. Its purpose was to lift public morale, but it has since been turned into a kitschy phrase that has applications in nearly every context. So, for the time being, keep calm and book your trip to London.
Typical for the highly-regarded brand in which it is affiliated (Taj), The St. James Court will quickly become your new go-to hotel for any business or pleasure travel you have in London. The sophisticated furnishings blend seamlessly into the hotel’s library, Turkish bath, Michelin-starred restaurant, and rooftop terrace. From the hotel, you will be just steps away from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Cathedral.
11 Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas
Viva, Las Vegas! Nearly 12,000 Expedia reviews recommending The Wynn hotel on the Las Vegas Strip can’t be wrong.
This package includes your flight plus a 640 square foot deluxe resort room, in which you will find bathrobes to make your stay more comfortable and blackout curtains in case you want to actually get some sleep (because those neon lights from the Vegas Strip don’t shut off).
There is also a $25 resort credit available per day as part of the package, which you may be able to redeem for a ticket to La Reve - The Dream, The Wynn’s signature aquatic Cirque du Soleil show (you might have to really sweet talk your way into that).
10 Even A Cloudy Day In Miami Will Brighten Your Mood
Built just about five years ago, the Pestana Art Deco hotel has the beachy, artsy, modern theme you’re looking for when you visit Miami. They also still believe in service, offering to pick you up from the airport in their free shuttle.
Reserve one of the hotel’s beach-cruiser bicycles and make your way to the Miami Beach Boardwalk to check out the sites and shops or use your free beverage coupons (included in the package) at the poolside bar. During inclement weather, pick up a good book and cozy up in the onsite coffee shop while you wait for the sun to emerge.
9 Feel The Beat In New Orleans
Maybe it’s the beat of the jazz music or maybe it’s the people. It might even be the warm beignets and gumbo. In any case, there’s something about New Orleans that you won’t want to miss. Thanks to Expedia’s travel deal, you won’t have to miss any of it.
The New Orleans package gets you a roundtrip flight plus three nights in a city-view room at the International House hotel, a top property located near the St. Charles streetcar line and French Quarter. They even throw in a $75 voucher good for a tour with a local company.
8 Sitting On A Dock In The Bay In San Diego
The San Diego airport could not physically be any closer to the water (making for some scary landings), which means you can hop off the plane and head right to the water’s edge when you stay at The Dana on Mission Bay.
There are two heated outdoor pools for prime lounging in the evening after a day of beaching. Plus, you can kayak around the bay practically right from the hotel’s front door.
This vacation package comes with free late checkout and is dog-friendly, so you’ve got a little extra time for some California dreaming in that plush bed with Fido.
7 Take Your Place Among The Mountains In Lake Tahoe
You might be a little late to enjoy swimming in the lake and a little too early for skiing, but there’s never really a bad time to visit Lake Tahoe. We’re not saying you’ll have the place all to yourself, though it might be pretty close.
Take advantage of this relatively empty time of year by booking your stay at The Landing Resort & Spa, which by some miracle happens to be available over the upcoming long weekend. Your individually decorated room at this boutique hotel comes with a fireplace for peak coziness on those chillier lakeside nights and a balcony for stargazing.
6 Take A Walk Through History In Athens
We admit that it might be a little ambitious to travel all the way to Greece over a long weekend, but imagine the surprise (and jealousy) on the faces of your coworkers when you report back.
If you’re willing to be a little jet-lagged in the name of adventure, then you cannot pass up this package deal. In addition to the roundtrip flight and hotel, you will have the priceless opportunity to stay in the heart of Athens’ historic district at the Athens Gate Hotel.
Did we mention the windows in your room point directly at the Temple of Zeus and the rooftop restaurant has unobstructed views of the Acropolis? Not too shabby.
5 Be The Life Of The Party In Ibiza
Songs have been written about it, movies have been made about it, and tales have been told about it. So, what’s the big deal about Ibiza anyway? In short, everything.
Let all-inclusive Grand Palladium Palace be your outpost for the weekend. Rent a scooter to check out the island sights, but be sure to be back at the resort for dinner and the evening dance session that turns into a nightclub because you never know what world famous DJ might be visiting. Or, just head to the 24-hour spa if you need some quiet time.
4 Explore One Of Canada’s True Gems With A Trip To Montreal
Want to utilize that passport but not fly all the way across the pond? "O Canada! With glowing hearts we see thee rise!" You won’t have to sing Canada’s national anthem at customs, but we thought you might want to know a line (but you’re on your own for the French translation).
A friendly northern neighbor to the United States, Canada boasts wonderful cities like Montreal. You can feel like you’re in Europe without actually being in Europe when you stroll Montreal’s streets, gaze out across the city from the Parc du Mont-Royal, and explore the McGill University campus.
The downtown Le Nouvel hotel is very close to The Bell Centre, so use some of that hard-earned, well-saved money (which goes further in Canada on the exchange rate) on a concert at the venue.
3 Take A Lesson In The Sport Of Cricket In Barbados
Want to relax on the beach but also feel like royalty? Barbados’ south coast is the ticket to book. Your travel package at the Silver Point Hotel includes a 10% discount on all food and beverage orders, so sip some afternoon tea on your balcony while you stare off at the not-so-distant sea.
Be a little adventurous with windsurfing onsite or sailing nearby. Or, kick back and watch everyone else be adventurous from your private beach cabana. You can also make some new friends by starting a pickup game of cricket (just maybe ask the concierge how to play first).
2 There’s No Better Time To Visit Burlington Than In The Fall
The changing colors, the crisp air, the craft ciders. Vermont in the fall is a magical place. Flights originating from cities around the country into the Burlington airport (complete with wooden rocking chairs to rock away any pre or post flight anxiety) are relatively cheap when booked with a hotel which makes this a great spot for your next vacation.
Lay your head at the Hilton in Burlington and wake up to beautiful views of Lake Champlain. Venture from the hotel to nearby Church Street marketplace for shopping and dining. Or, rent a car for a drive through peak fall foliage scenes that are so pristine they could be pulled straight from a picture book.
1 Sun, Spa, Serenity: Scottsdale Checks All The Boxes
Arizona might not have been on your list of places to visit in 2018, but give it a chance and we’re sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
Pull up to The Saguaro Scottsdale and get started with a manicure or pedicure at the full-service spa before you head out into that desert sun for some palm trees and pool time. You will be tired from all those glorious rays so stop back into the spa for a facial or massage. Cap off your evening with dinner and drinks at the onsite latin restaurant.
Make sure to save at least a few hours to check out the older part of town that has been well-preserved in its historic charm. Scottsdale’s 19th-century buildings are just a short walk from the hotel.