22 Last-Minute Trips You Can Actually Afford
Gorgeous tropical beaches, soft Hawaiian music, and a 100 percent chance of shave ice? Yes, please! This travel package lets you visit not one but two of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu and Maui. You'll get airfare from San Diego to Oahu (with a return trip from Maui), three nights in Waikiki, three nights along Ka'anapali Beach, flights between the two islands, and daily breakfast at the Oahu hotel, from $825 per person.
Save money this summer by heading to the great American Southwest. The W Scottsdale Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, is offering special rates from $179 a night, a savings of 73 percent off regular high season rates. You'll get overnight accommodations at this luxe hotel, a W Scottsdale tote bag, sunblock and sunglasses, and a pitcher of Vitamin W, the hotel's signature cocktail, to celebrate. Refer to promo code VITAMINW when booking this deal.
Dreaming of the perfect Caribbean escape? Head to scenic St. Lucia, where you can save 65 percent on standard rates this summer at the Marigot Beach Club. Their Caramel Kiss Package starts at $99 a night and includes a spa treatment for two—caramel sugar scrub, chocolate facial, and caramel kiss pedicure, anyone?—and daily breakfast. Valid from Aug. 1-31, 2015.
Pack up the family and head to historic Williamsburg, Virginia, home to several vacation specials this summer. Offers include accommodations at the Best Western Historic Area with breakfast and two passes to Busch Gardens Williamsburg from $99.99 a night (available now thru Sept. 7th), and savings on stays of at least two nights at the Days Hotel Busch Gardens Area from $69.99 a night including complimentary daily breakfast (valid now thru Oct. 31st), among others.
Picture yourself lounging on the beach listening to the waves crash in the distance, fruity drink in hand. Spend some time exploring Puerto Rico at your own pace with this travel package to San Juan that includes ocean view accommodations at La Concha Resort, a Renaissance Resort located in San Juan's trendy Condado neighborhood; and daily breakfast buffet for two at the resort's Ocean Café Restaurant among other perks. From $186 a night with a two-night minimum stay required.
Take on the Danube Bicycle Path from Passau to Vienna—great for children and families because of its downward flow, picturesque villages, and scenic landscapes. This land only travel package includes an 8-day bike rental; seven nights' accommodations in three-star guesthouses, inns, and hotels along the trail in Germany and Austria; daily luggage transfer service (so you don't have to pedal with your bags weighing you down—love it!); from $700 per person. Mention promo code BT415DBP when you book by Oct. 17, 2015.
It's been a long week and let's face it, you deserve a nice glass of wine and some serious R&R. Perfect for a romantic escape with your S.O. or the ultimate weekend getaway with your wine-loving girlfriends, the Permission to Wine hotel package gives you a night at the Four Points by Sheraton Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga and includes wine tasting passports at The Wine Tailor, a signature bottle of wine, and breakfast and dinner for two. From $159 per night (per couple). Valid for Thursday thru Sunday stays only. Use promo code LAPKG1 when booking this deal.
Cancún is calling: you can save up to 57 percent on a stay at The Pyramid at Grand Oasis, a swanky beachside family-friendly all-inclusive resort, now thru Labor Day. Rates start at just $124 per person per night (based on double occupancy) and you'll have access to Cirque du Soleil-style shows, gourmet restaurants, and get to chill out in Cancún's longest pool.
Planning to check out Orlando's legendary theme parks this summer? Save by staying at the Hilton Orlando, where family-friendly rooms start at $109 a night and give you access to special kid-friendly glow-in-the-dark games and other poolside activities now thru Labor Day.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts want you to Celebrate Summer! Book your stay at one of 34 participating properties on the east coast, west coast, Hawaii, or in the central U.S. by Sept. 7th and enjoy room rates from $129 a night and up to $100 in resort credit per night that can be used towards dining, golf, spa services, and other on-property perks. Valid on stays thru Sept. 30th.
Your dream summer trip to Europe just got even more affordable. The U.S. dollar is the strongest it's been in years, and thanks to this epic summer sale, you can save 20 percent when you stay at Generator's London and Paris hostels—rates start at just $86 for a private room for two, or from about $26 per person for a dorm-style bed. The best part: Generator Hostels are designed to look more like boutique hotels and offer a variety of fun activities—from pub crawls to game and movie nights—to help you get to know your fellow travelers. Valid thru Aug. 31, 2015.
No New York City vacation is complete without a trip to the Empire State Building, and this hotel package deal from the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel actually includes two tickets to the top! You'll also get overnight accommodations and breakfast for two at Sky Lounge, from $169 a night, plus hotel taxes of about 14.75 percent.
Tango enthusiasts, rejoice! Brush up those dancing shoes and head south to Buenos Aires with this land-only vacation package that gives you 10 nights in three different Argentinian locales; guided city tours and a dinner Tango show in Buenos Aires; guided excursions to Humahuaca Gorge, Salta's Salt Flats, Calchaqui Valley, and local wineries in Cafayate; and the chance to view Iguazú Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides among other perks; from $2,210 per person.
Talk about a dream vacation. Get ready to visit the land down under—and the country that served as the beautiful backdrop for popular movies like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit—affordably. This vacation package to Sydney and Auckland gives you airfare from L.A. to Sydney, with a return trip from Auckland; flights between cities, three nights' accommodations at the Mercure Sydney Airport; three nights' accommodations at Rydges Auckland; and daily breakfast; from $1,682 per person.
Who's ready for the ultimate romantic getaway in beautiful Hawaii? The Moment in Time package gives you three nights at The Plantation Inn, a lovely B&B on the island of Maui, daily compact car rental from Budget Rent A Car, daily breakfast for two, dinner for two at Gerard's Restaurant with a special menu, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, two champagne glasses for you to keep, and His and Hers keepsake Hawaiian robes, the ultimate souvenir to bring home and remind you of your trip. From $852 per couple for a three-night stay.
Who's ready to lounge on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean this summer? Room rates start at just $99 a night this summer thanks to the Stay & Play Longer package, part of the Hilton Worldwide Caribbean Summer Sale happening now thru Aug. 31st. You'll get a fourth night free, a $100 resort credit per room per stay, and best of all, kids stay free at more than 15 participating hotels from the Bahamas to Curaçao.
If you like cycling and wine, this is the trip for you. This land only package includes an 8-day bike rental; seven nights' accommodations in three- and four-star hotels and inns throughout Hungary; all meals; six wine tastings; and a support van nearby with luggage transfers—don't worry about your bags, just enjoy the ride!—from $1,100 per person for a guided 8-day trip. A self-guided version of this trip is also available for $800 per person. Guided departures are July 18 and Sept. 19, 2015; self-guided departures are available daily thru Sept. 30, 2015.
Save big on a family trip to the Lone Star State this summer thanks to the Stay & See Dallas package from the Hilton Anatole Dallas. You'll get overnight accommodations; daily breakfast for up to four people; free in-room WiFi; and popcorn, candy, and soda to enjoy with your choice of complimentary in-room movie; from $144 a night.
Craving an adults-only getaway on the beach in Cancún? You can save 50 percent on regular rates at the Oasis Sens Cancún this summer, with rates over Labor Day weekend starting at just $92.50 per person per night.
Get ready for great views and savings in Arizona this summer. Room rates at the newly renovated Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, located along the 7.5-mile Red Rock Scenic Byway, start at $168 a night.
Get to know Baltimore with the Best of Baltimore package by Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor. You'll get overnight accommodations, complimentary WiFi and daily breakfast, and a 'Baltimore's Best' goodie bag that includes local treats. The best part: 10 percent of the money earned from this package will be donated to the local food bank at St. Gregory's Church. Valid on stays now thru Sept. 6th.
Rail Europe is helping families save on train travel with great deals on their rail passes this summer. Up to two children ages 4-11 can travel for free with an adult on the Eurail Global, Eurail Select, Regional Eurail, and select single-country Eurail passes. Families traveling in Switzerland with children under 16, for example, can book a Swiss Travel Pass and save with the Swiss Family Card (kids ages 6-15 can travel free with a parent or guardian-the card itself is free, just request it when you book your pass). The German Rail Pass also offers free travel for up to two children between the ages of 6-11 with each paying adult. Single-country rail pass restrictions vary according to each pass-please visit the website for more details.
It's not too late to take the ultimate summer vacation! We've scoured the globe for the best deals around whether you're looking to save big on a trip to Europe or enjoy a long weekend closer to home. Plus, most of them are valid through Labor Day Weekend, so no excuses!