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November 04, 2009

Got Ideas for a November or December Escape from Atlanta?

Where would you go this month or next that won't cost a mint? That's the question from reader Linda in Atlanta:
"Hi Wendy, my husband and I cannot decide where to go. We live in Atlanta and would like to go somewhere in November or December (around 10 days) but be home for the holidays. Don't want to spend a fortune either. Maybe somewhere in the U.S.? Thanks, Linda"
If you prefer to drive rather than fly, some obvious options for culture vultures are Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Georgia.  But if you're looking for a beach-resort-style break, since you've got a good chunk of time, consider the Caribbean: Several of the islands are a pretty quick flight from Atlanta, and pre-holiday prices are about half what they'll be in peak season (mid-December through mid-April). The travel agent I'd recommend for help finding the right affordable Caribbean resort for your particular needs is Becky Veith of Becky Veith Travel. She's the person on my annual list of top travel agents who is best for all-inclusive Caribbean holidays. There are also a ton of affordable Caribbean cruises sailing out of Fort Lauderdale and Miami that you could nab at the last minute. The person to call for help with such a cruise is Linda Allen at Brownell Travel.

Does anyone else have close-to-home November or December vacation ideas for Linda?
October 19, 2009

Where to Travel in November

How about Chile this winter? "Airfares to Santiago have dropped precipitously over the past year,"
I note in my November Perrin Report

Photo of Chile's Torres del Paine National Park by Rachelsax, from Condé Nast Traveler's Dream Trip contest

This question came in from a reader:

"Hello Wendy, I ALWAYS read your articles for Condé Nast Traveler and greatly wish I had your job. Would love your advice: looking for a budget-friendly trip in mid-November. Pretty much anywhere. Would prefer somewhere there is milder weather but IF the atmosphere is right, OK. Asia, Europe, Caribbean, South America. All inclusive or if it's better to rent a villa, etc. I have about 10-12 days. Thank you for the advice!  -- Eleni"
Thanks for your kind words, Eleni.  Have you read my November-issue Perrin Report yet? It includes a number of winter vacation ideas that are easy on the wallet.

It's hard for me to suggest a budget-friendly foreign destination when I don't know where you're flying from (East Coast? West Coast? Canada?). Lately we've been seeing some pretty good airfares to Chile and Argentina from a number of U.S. cities.  And, of course, there are some spectacular resort deals in Mexico, as well as off-peak prices in the Caribbean, that will continue through the end of November. Personally, if I had 10 to 12 days in mid-November and needed a budget-friendly yet exotic vacation spot with great weather, I might choose Malta or Morocco, but that's partly because they're relatively easy to get to from New York.

I'm hoping that some of you savvy travelers who are reading this can weigh in here: Where would you recommend Eleni go in mid-November, and why?  I'm eager to read your suggestions.  Meanwhile, Eleni, if you read this, please post some info (in the Comments section below) that would help us out:  Where are you flying from? Who are you traveling with?  And what's your approximate budget?   Thanks!