Ultimate Guide to a Cheap Last Minute Getaway


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So, maybe your thirst for adventure is huge, but your bank balance isn’t. That’s okay. There are plenty of ways you can travel further for less.

Travel doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think – especially if you take the time to shop around and find great deals. You’d be surprised at how much you can save by choosing the right destination and employing a few clever hacks. Let’s take a look at where you can go on a cheap getaway  and how to cut costs down even more.

If you are flexible about where you are going, you can check out Expedia’s Daily Deals for some budget travel inspiration. These are great hotels and package deals that are available at up to 50% off the regular price. The deals change every day, so check back regularly and you just might find an irresistible price for your dream destination.

Atlantic City

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Hotels in this seaside attraction are quite affordable and Atlantic City offers plenty of good cheesy fun in the form of glittering casinos, hopping nightclubs and buzzing beach boardwalks. Take a look at the promotions, packages and happy hour prices offered by the individual casinos in order to save even more. You can also find some great daily deals for Atlantic City on Expedia. For example, a quick search reveals that you can stay at the Atlantic Palace Suites (usually $229 per night) for only $183 per night.

Lisbon

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Portugal’s capital city offers all of the European charm you could wish for, at a much cheaper price point than many other Western European cities. You’ll love the winding cobblestone alleys, the cosy coffee shops and the gorgeous beaches. Most of the main attractions, such as the Monastery of St. Jerome and the Belem Tower are free on the first Sunday of the month – so plan your visit accordingly! Also, don’t forget to check the Expedia Daily Deals. When I checked today I saw the elegant and charming Browns Central Hotel for $183 per night – a luxurious property with great reviews that is usually $331 per night.

New Orleans

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New Orleans is buzzing with superb live jazz music, flavorful Cajun cuisine and a laid back atmosphere that makes it hard not to smile as you walk down the street. Also, it’s surprisingly affordable – especially if you stay slightly outside the famous French Quarter. If you can stand the heat, visit in the summer for cheaper prices. When I looked on Expedia Daily Deals for New Orleans, I saw that the Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport (normally $129 per night) at only $109 per night including free parking and free internet.

Washington D.C.

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This elegant, leafy city has one of the best collections of museums and art galleries in the USA – and they are all free. You can even schedule a free tour of the U.S. Capitol (must be booked in advance) and visit the Library of Congress for free (Monday-Saturday). For history and culture buffs on a budget – this would be a dream getaway. You can also use Expedia Daily Deals to get a cheap deal on a great Washington hotel – such as the elegant and modern Residence Inn in Foggy Bottom. It’s normally $359 per night to stay there, but with a daily deal you can stay for $179.

Seattle

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This cool and rainy West Coast city is synonymous with great coffee, grunge and rock music, a thriving arts scene and fantastic hiking, kayaking and camping. You can enjoy a cheap getaway in Seattle by purchasing a Seattle CityPASS which includes your admission to all of the top attractions such as the Seattle Aquarium and the Space Needle. When I looked at Seattle on Expedia Daily Deals I saw the Mediterranean Inn, a downtown hotel with great reviews, advertised for $199 per night (a savings of 30%).

Santiago

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The energetic and diverse capital of Chile is a great choice for a cheap South American getaway. You can stroll through the streets and admire the colonial architecture, shop in the local craft markets and visit most of the popular attractions for free. Try the empanadas (meat filled pastries) for a cheap and filling snack on the go. You can also find Expedia Daily Deals for hotels in Santiago as well. For example, as I write this the Su Merced Hotel Boutique is 45% off – only $94 per night. Daily Deals really are a great way to stay in high end luxury hotels while traveling on a mid-range budget.


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