From Tahiti, French Polynesia to Cartagena, Colombia, these 2020 vacay destinations are surprisingly affordable if you catch them at the proper time of the year. Scroll through VacayDaze’s list of popular destinations below to explore when and where you’ll save the most on travel in 2020.
January – Big Island, Hawaii
Drop in price: 38% Median airfare: $336
In January, airfare to the Big Island, Hawaii is probably going to be cheaper. There’s never really a wrong time to travel to Hawaii, which has year-round sunshine.
The Big Island beckons with an enormous selection of natural wonders. The planet has 14 different climate zones and the Big Island is home to 10 of them, from lush rain-forests to volcanic mountains and lava deserts.
February – Saint Maarten
Drop in price: 35% Median airfare: $390
Saint Maarten in February promises to be a decent deal for travel. Saint Martin is unusual whereas the tiny Caribbean Island comprises two separate countries. Its Dutch side, known as Sint Martin, is predominantly English speaking and filled with beach bars, big resorts, duty-free shopping, and casinos, in addition to cruise-ship ports.
Its French side, known as Saint Martin, speaks French, and has smaller hotels and restaurants.
March – Tahiti, French Polynesia
Drop in price: 43% Median airfare: $891
Tahiti, French Polynesia will see an enormous reduction in airfare in March. Tahiti is known as the epitome of exotic tropical escapes, with its palm tree fringed beaches, crystal clear waters, and picturesque over-water bungalows.
Explore Tahitian lush rain forests, waterfalls, and lagoons, or see ancient villages and remnants left over from WWII.
April – Nantucket, Massachusetts
Drop in price: 34% Median airfare: $447
Beat the crowds and save lots of money by heading to Nantucket, Massachusetts in April. Nantucket is New England at its finest with its windswept beaches, seaside cottages, historic lighthouses, and opulent captain’s mansions.
Famed summer playground of the wealthy, the tiny island has plenty to offer non-millionaires during the off-season. The historic town, a National Historic Landmark in its entirety, has over 800 pre-Civil War-era buildings, lots of fine dining, and a whaling museum that explores Nantucket’s past when it was the world’s whaling capital.
May – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Drop in price: 17% Median airfare: $1,742
In May, Bora Bora, French Polynesia is your best bet for saving money on an exotic vacay. Bora Bora lies northwest of Tahiti and is famous both as a honeymoon hot-spot and a major diving destination.
You will recognize Bora Bora’s white-sand beaches, bright turquoise water, over-water bungalows, as well as the shape of the dormant volcano that lies at its center from popular exotic postcards.
June – Vail, Colorado
Drop in price: 27% Median airfare: $440
Who says that Vail, Colorado has to be a winter destination only? In June, you’ll realize cheaper airfare and fewer people. Vail isn’t just a skier’s paradise.
During the summer the European styled mountain town, with its cobblestone streets, offers hiking, biking, river rafting, fishing, golfing, excellent restaurants, and much fewer people.
July – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Drop in price: 39% Median airfare: $339
In July, airfare to Cape Cod, Massachusetts is probably going to be cheaper than typical. A peninsula jutting out of Massachusetts, Cape Cod has everything from quaint fishing towns like Chatham and artsy, moneyed hot-spots like Hyannis, and LGTBQ friendly bastions like Provincetown.
It attracts the most crowds during the summer because of its 560 miles of windswept beaches and dunes. In fact, John F. Kennedy preserved 40 miles of Cape Cod’s seashore, referred to as the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the inspiration and delight of individuals all across the United States in 1961.
August – Asheville, North Carolina
Drop in price: 30% Median airfare: $254
In August you’ll land cheap airfare to Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. While it is well known for its breathtaking fall foliage, the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, which is both a National Park and roadway that spans 470 miles, offers year-round adventure and panoramic views.
Asheville is very well known for its historic architecture, from art-deco buildings downtown to the Basilica of Saint Lawrence as well as the 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate, where America’s largest privately-owned home sits.
September – Bar Harbor, Maine
Drop in price: 31% Median airfare: $356
Fares to Bar Harbor, Maine are likely to be cheaper in September. Being the main gateway to Maine’s 47,000 acre Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is busiest from June through August and then again when the leaves turn during the fall. The tiny town is crammed with bars and restaurants, and souvenir shops, and is surrounded by lush forests, snow-capped mountains, and rocky beaches.
Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard, towers above all, offering plenty of hiking and biking trails as well as stunning views.
October – Buenos Aries, Argentina
Drop in price: 18% Median airfare: $947
Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina in October for cheaper airfare. Argentina’s capital has the perfect combination of European splendor and Latin flair.
The birthplace of the tango has wide boulevards, beautiful parks, and stunning historic buildings, like the Teatro Colón which is an opulent opera house. Architecture aside, it’s a world-renowned meat heavy food scene and is well known for its nightlife.
November – Cartagena, Columbia
Drop in price: 41% Median airfare: $389
Cartagena, Colombia is probably going to be cheaper in November. Cartagena combines tropical vibes with European influences. The port city, situated along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, was founded during the 16th century and has beautiful squares, cobblestone streets, colorful colonial buildings and parks.
White sand beaches like those on Isla de Barú and Islas del Rosario beckon you nearby.
December – Vienna, Austria
Drop in price: 31% Median airfare: $899
In December, head to Vienna, Austria for a Christmas vacay. Vienna is definitely a huge, cosmopolitan city that thinks it is a tiny town. Wide, leafy boulevards and massive, opulent palaces are side by side with winding alleys and cobblestone squares filled with horse-drawn carriages.
Once home to Beethoven, Mozart, and Freud, the Austrian capital has an artistic and intellectual history that continues to shine to this today, and a coffee-house culture that’s unrivaled.