Sure, domestic trips and staycations provide an essential break for those of us on the hunt for a getaway of modest proportions, but what about when you're ready to make a bigger splash across the pond? We've got international travel on the brain, which means ample chances to satisfy your every European, Latin American, or Caribbean whim!
For both conventional tourists and the off-the-beaten-path voyager, vacationing in Europe is quite an opportunity to check off bucket list locales. International airfare deals have been hard to come by in recent months, but Air France now has select roundtrip fares from New York to cities like Paris, Barcelona, and Florence on sale for as low as $661 (a low by $29; expires July 25). Affordable international lodging is also at your fingertips with American Express Travel's semi-annual sale offering up to 40% off on hotels in Barcelona, Rome, Florence, and even Portugal (from $50; expires August 13). Bargain hotel prices mean you can indulge in fancier dining — and splurge on extra museum souvenirs, without the Euro getting you down.
But if the Euro has you worried, and if beach weather is more your vacationing style, we highly recommend a lil getaway to our southern neighbor. Mexico proves to be more than just a spring break hot spot: not only does it have more than 450 beaches along its coast (an amount that surely leaves some untouched by the average college partier), but ancient ruins and Spanish colonial architecture are perfect for the adventuring traveler. Just book your flight via AirTran during its 1-way fares sale. Flights start at just $145 to Cancun, or from $140 to Mexico City (a low by $7; expires July 20).
Once you've landed, settle in at the all-inclusive BlueBay Grand Esmeralda in Riviera Maya (from $125.94, a low by $4; expires July 25). This is a great tourism district not far from Cancun that has all the perks of an isolated beach resort including white sand beaches and turquoise waters. It also boasts an expansive coral reef with an array of vibrant marine life.
Mexico isn't the your only viable vacation spot, though. The isle of Barbados is among the best in the Caribbean, acting as stomping ground for coral reef enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Accompanying the 70 miles of palm-adorned beaches are more than 3,000 hours of yearly sunshine — pampering you with some much needed vitamin D, a glistening summer tan, and a quality rum punch buzz, if you'd like. You can bask in a steal of a deal, too. Book yourself and loved one a flight and 5-night stay at the Time Out Hotel (from $1,001.12, a low by $149; expires July 24). This is a real deal: it's the least expensive 5-night Barbados package we've seen all year.
And let's not forget about Costa Rica, the perfect spot for adventure travelers. There are enough tropical shores to satisfy both a lazy day on the sand and as much kayaking, surfing, and sport fishing your heart desires. To top it off, the country boasts numerous volcanoes, waterfalls, and biological reserves worth seeing. And an all-inclusive resort can give you the time to do it all. A 5-night stay at the Riu Guanacaste will let you relax and recharge (from $1,077.92, a low by $25; expires July 20). Plus this all-inclusive resort stay comes bundled with a $25 spa credit to ensure you really enjoy your time spent along the northwest coast of Costa Rica.
Not far away, the Occidental Allegro Papagayo is even easier on the wallet; book a 5-night stay for two (from $720, a low by $14; expires July 20) and enjoy plenty of perks including a full open bar and reputable a la carte dining. Similarly, the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort and Spa offers a 4-night stay for two (from $1,160, a low by $279; expires July 20) and comes bundled with a 30-minute massage per person. Speaking of being on a stress-free vacation, this package also includes free airport shuttle service.
Whether you prefer Latin America or Western Europe, these international hotspots prove to be deal-worthy destinations if you're ready to venture outside of the U.S. for a much-needed vacation. But if you've got different ideas for a vacation, be sure to check out our daily travel deals for other airfare, hotel, and vacation packages.
At the time of publication, these travel deals offered the lowest prices we could find. Deals may include blackout dates, additional taxes, and fees. Some of our prices may be based on mandatory double occupancy.
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