The 5 Cheapest Holiday Destinations

With the holidays fast approaching, most of us are already dreading the amount of extra stress. For a lot of people nothing sounds more appealing than foregoing the presents and fancy dresses, and jet-setting off somewhere for the holidays. Luckily there are a ton of places to travel to during the holidays that almost always guarantee cheap airfare, and a tourist-free frenzy. We like to call this the ‘off season’ of Europe. Travel more west, and prices will be madly gouged in December and around the holidays. For the sake of everyone being able to afford a holiday getaway (everyone should try it at least once), I’ve come up with the 5 cheapest holiday destinations.

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1. Dublin – $725

Ireland has long been a historically cheaper country for Americans to travel too. In the winter months, prices get even cheaper. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll freeze your arse off, but at least you’ll be in some warm charming old castle and away from the holiday stress. Dublin has a variety of things to do in the city itself. Rent a car and you can drive through the charming old farming towns. You can expect cold temperatures, and low to mild snow fall. Christmas Eve pints are huge in Dublin, and every pub is guaranteed to be packed. So grab yourself a cold one and relax with some amazing company. Or, visit a Dublin Christmas market where there will be food, gifts, and tons of lights.

2. London – $770

London is a great choice when it comes to deciding where to travel for the holidays. One of the cheapest tickets you can get is in the winter where the temperature is similar to Dublin. Be prepared for cold nights, but be excited for a beautiful festive London. There is so much to do this time of year in London, and nearly everything is decked out in Christmas cheer. For some time on the ice, check out ice skating at Somerset House. It’s absolutely dreamy. Harrod’s will have the most gorgeous holiday decorations, and it’s worth it to take a stroll through the stores and admire it all. There is also a holiday fair at Hyde Park called Winter Wonderland. London really is one of the most magical places to be for the holidays.

3. Moscow – $840

I won’t lie to you. There will be snow, and it will be cold as f*ck. However, Moscow has been on my list as a dream holiday destination for so long, and it should be on yours too. Nothing compares to Christmas in Moscow. Did you know you can hang out with huskies in Kuzminki Park? I mean COME ON. Do I even have to mention a visit to the Bolshoy Theater to see The Nutcracker? There is a huge Christmas market in Red Square where people have been known to travel from other countries just to see. The snow on the ground just makes everything more magical this time of year. Do yourself some justice and rent an old soviet era apartment in the city. Of course the Russians are also known for their hearty meat and potato meals, which you just can’t beat this time of year.

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4. Copenhagen – $900

If you can’t get enough of the Scandinavian home trend, then you my friend are bound for Denmark. I am always quite surprised at how cheap plane tickets are to Scandinavia nearly all year around. Copenhagen and Stockholm are two of my favorite layover cities for their amazingly cheap airlines. My guess is you could easily find a plane ticket for under $900 this time of year. If you’re planning on (yet again) freezing your butt off in Copenhagen for the holidays (hey, there has to be sacrifice somewhere), then you cannot miss a stroll through Tivoli which is the oldest amusement park in the world. You’ll find plenty of Christmas spirit, decorations, sweets, and fun rides. It does snow in the Danish town, so do bring your warmest coat!

5. Stockholm – $910

Just slightly more expensive than Copenhagen, is Stockholm, Sweden. Much like its Scandinavian sister, the climate is pretty damn cold and you will need to prepare for snow here. The Swedes love their holiday season and really go all out! Every year they set up an astounding 130 ft Christmas tree in the middle Skeppsbron waterfront that has an impressive 5,000 lights. It really is a sight to see. The Grand Hotel overlooks the waterfront and would be a beautiful place to stay for anyone seeking that Holiday magic. If you want to leave for Stockholm early, you can catch their ‘Saint Lucia’ tradition on December 13th where Swedes places candles in the windows of every house, office, and shop. Just imagine walking around being illuminated by candles and Christmas lights. It’s a great time of year to visit Stockholm.

Honorable Mentions Include:

Bergen, Norway – $880

Helskini, Finland – $885

Belgrade, Serbia – $985

Munich, Germany – $990

Any one of these five places plus the honorable mentions would be a great travel destination for the holidays. Most importantly, they are all under $1,000. The first five I chose definitely have the most Holiday spirit, and the most to do around Christmas time. To get low prices for these, I suggest traveling anywhere from December 19th and through January 4th. You might be able to score even lower prices through budget airlines, and especially through Copenhagen and Stockholm. I know a lot of people have an aversion to the cold weather, but I promise if you can get past that you will have a really really great time. There are virtually no tourists this time of year either.

There you have it! The 5 cheapest holiday destinations. Have you ever considered traveling for the holidays? If yes, why? If not, why not? Leave me a comment below!

84 Comments

  • 3 months ago

    Thanks for putting the list together! Already been to London, but heading there again in November and would also love visiting Moscow. x

    Have a lovely week,
    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      You’re welcome Andreea! It’s much easier if someone else does the research, which I love to do! Glad it was helpful. 🙂

  • 3 months ago

    So many great places I’d love to visit one day! One of the places that I would LOVE to visit is Spain.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanks Lily!

  • 3 months ago

    I would love to visit all the places you have mentioned. I’ve been in Munich and London. Travel is definitely the best way lo learn new cultures and have great experiences.

    Vanessa, xo!

    http://thefashionstatement.net

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Yes I totally agree! A great way to experience different things and see the world. 🙂

  • 3 months ago

    What a great roundup for those looking to travel abroad cheaply. I seriously take for granted how cheap flights are when you already live in Europe though!

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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Right?! I wish I lived in Europe for the cheap flights. It’s also pretty quick to hop on over to another country.

  • 3 months ago

    Hi Emily! Love your picks, after reading this I think I need to go to Dublin.
    When I was at Moscow it has summer but I would definetely go back again during winter (even with the cold) ♥
    Xo

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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thank you Jen! Moscow sounds amazing in the summer too!

  • 3 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. I think my next destinations would be London & Germany.

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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      You’re welcome Nicole! Those would be amazing destinations, especially Germany! The people are sooo nice.

  • 3 months ago

    For some reason, I prefer to stay home during the holidays. Actually I know why. I love traditional celebrations with family. I think part of the reason may be because my parents weren’t very traditional Christmas celebrators (lol sounds like a real thing!) . I think the other reason why is because it would be impossible for me to get time off during Christmas. I am of lower seniority in my workplace and Christmas is one of the vacation times that usually gets picked first by those with more seniority. I’m usually off for Christmas and Boxing Day but to have a stretch of time around Christmas is nearly impossible. I usually travel right after Christmas, which I find to be pretty inexpensive too as people have spent most of their money on Christmas and don’t have any left to travel lol so prices are usually great! January, May or June and September are usually the times I go away (low peak) which also makes it quieter and less touristy too!

    Ever place on your list sounds like a dream! I am so excited to start planning our Europe trip for May 2017! I will be visiting your blog for more tips <3

    xoxo Rina
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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      That totally makes sense! I think for me it’s just every once in a while I’d love to spend a holiday away. Just forget about all the obligations of Christmas parties and gifts and such. And then I also have dream Holiday vacations, like Moscow. Totally nothing wrong with just saying in town and getting in to the Christmas cheer! I love traveling after Christmas too. No matter what, I always travel in the off season. I like April traveling and September traveling. Favorite months right there!!

  • 3 months ago

    I’ve actually been looking into where to vacation this December and this list is super helpful!! Would love to go to any of these places!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Definitely a bit chilly, but cheap! Glad you liked the list Tina!

  • 3 months ago

    What a helpful list. I’d love to visit London some day. I guess once I get over my fear of flying. Hah! My family and I are planning to travel back home to the East Coast for the holidays. Nothing too exciting.

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      When I was little we spent all our holidays back east and I loved it! I really miss it. A fear of flying it the worst, but I’m confident you can do it! 😉

  • Gabrielle
    3 months ago

    Oops, you’ve got me dreaming of booking one million and one plane tickets now Emily, haha! By the way, along with Hyde Park’s Christmas Fair, ‘Christmas at Kew Gardens’ is also definitely worth booking tickets for 🙂 I’ve been going every year for a while now and it just gets better and better!

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    x

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Oh thank you for the suggestion! I didn’t know about that one. Which do you think is better? Thanks for the comment Gabrielle!

  • Kay
    3 months ago

    Loving your suggestions, although I have to say – living in the UK, I think that whilst travelling to London might be inexpensive, the costs of staying in London are through the roof! You’re likely to end up spending more when you’re there than you did on travel, I was surprised by how much money we blew through in a day, without even getting anything fancy! From my experience, I’ve found that travelling to France is quite cheap, although that’s from the UK since the distance isn’t too far. 🙂 Morocco ended up being very cheap, as well, because their currency is quite weak compared to pounds/dollars so you can afford a lot more! Thanks for sharing this fab post, lovely. <3 🙂

    Kay
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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanks Kay! Yes I definitely don’t cover costs while there, but these are the cheapest plane tickets! You can definitely save yourself some money by renting an AirBnb and being able to do some cooking at home. France too is quite cheap in the winter, particularly the south (for obvious reasons haha).

  • 3 months ago

    I’d love to visit Dublin, it’s probably even cheaper for me to get to as I live in England! And the hotels and stuff definitely aren’t as pricey as London. It’s always nice to find the most affordable places to travel to. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      You’re welcome Alice! I’d love to live in London. Dublin would be so close for you haha. I think you’d like Copenhagen or Stockholm then, if you wanted to travel a little father and really get out of town .;)

  • Mili
    3 months ago

    So many great destinations! I find another thing to try is buying a bundle package off of sites like expedia, where you can still choose your hotel and flights. I did this last spring when I went to Italy and saved a decent chunk of change 😀

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Nice! Those sits can definitely save you a ton of money. I try to not use them for international packages though, as they can be unreliable at times. But once in a while I will use an Expedia or something haha.

  • I love my buckled down life, but there are days I envy people who can just get up and go. To travel the world would be a beautiful thing. <3

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      I definitely try to have a balance of both, but I know what you’re saying. I don’t think I could ever completely just get up and go, but always working towards that someday. 😉

  • 3 months ago

    I would love to visit all these destinations. I going on a pre-holiday trip in the middle of November to Portland, OR. I’ve been once but my boyfriend hasn’t & we live in Southern California so it’s not across the world. Maybe i’ll go to one of these places next year! Great post. :]

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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thank you Carmen! I love Portland though. It’s so pretty! Hope you have a great time. 🙂

  • 3 months ago

    All I can think of the moment is the tropics, Since I’ve been back from mexico I have been dreaming and dreading the time till I’m back in Asia frolicking at the beach. aahh what a dream. But I cant say no to London anytime. I love that city! great tips for Europe wanderlust

    Thenewgirl.me

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanks Darlene! I could never say no to London either. It’s one of my favorite cities!

  • 3 months ago

    What about Asia?! You need to include Asia! LOL! I want to visit London but as I understand the cost of living there is through the freaking roof. I probably need to live on instant noodles while playing tourist.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      I wish I could have thrown Asia in there! Unfortunately the father West you go during the holidays, the warmer it is, and therefore, the bigger the price tag haha. I totally have nothing against Asia, and I researched possible places more West, but it just wasn’t happening. I was trying to stay under $1,000 a plane ticket. 😉

      And you’re definitely right. London is expensive. I like to tell people to try renting an Airbnb instead, and that way you’ll have access to a kitchen where you can cook for most of your meals, and then maybe limit meals out to once a day.

  • Heidi
    3 months ago

    This post is so perfectly timed! I’ve been dying to get to Copenhagen, might be time to pull the trigger!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Haha yay! Definitely check it out. I think being there during the winter would be sooo amazing.

  • 3 months ago

    Wow, this is such an incredibly helpful post, girlie! I’ve never traveled abroad during the holidays before, but perhaps one year we’ll give it a try, especially since my mom has been wanting to go to Dublin so bad, I’ll have to share this post with her. She’s been wanting to go for so long, since my grandmother was born and raised there and many of the our family members have gone, except us, haha. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having the best week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      That’s awesome! I think Dublin would be so pretty in the winter time (haven’t been in winter). And it’s always so cheap. It’s one of those places where all you need is a little good company and a warm jacket, and it would be a great time! I love the more simple life there. 🙂

  • 3 months ago

    I typically stay at home for the holidays, but I really think jetting off to London would be so much fun! Holidays here in NYC are SUPER festive and fun. Window decorations are INSANE. But of course, it gets so crowded! It’s so tough navigating the city and staying sane during this time. I think I’d enjoy somewhere a bit more relaxed in one of the colder destinations. 🙂 Would love to experience Copenhagen around this time as well.

    Overall, great job on the compilation!

    xo
    N
    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanks Nataliya! I too LOVE New York during the holidays. It’s sooo pretty. It actually reminds me a lot of London. Spending a Christmas in Copenhagen would be so amazing. They have a lot of neat Christmas traditions.

  • Lindsey
    3 months ago

    Great post! I love to search flights and look into how much a vacation would be when I get bored – there’s something about the idea of travelling that helps improve my mood haha!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Haha I totally do the same thing! Probably why I know so much about flights and prices off the top of my head. It improves my mood as well. Woot!

  • 3 months ago

    These are some great places and some I would love to visit but I wonder how cheap it would be for someone traveling from Toronto, Canada? I will have to look into that. Thanks for sharing this.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Ann-Marie, it should actually be cheaper! My flights were from LA because I’m on the west coast. Also, Toronto is historically a cheap layover city, so I’m sure you can find some good flights out! Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

  • 3 months ago

    I would love to get away for the weekend. My friend is in Dublin studying right now and I would love to visit her. Thanks for the tip!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Ah that would be an amazing trip! It’s always the best when you’re friends are abroad, FREE HOTEL! lol

  • 3 months ago

    I’ve never been to Moscow or Copenhagen! Thanks for these spots and tips!

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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      You’re welcome Joti!

  • 3 months ago

    Wahhh, why isn’t Italy on the list? haha, jk. I have not had the pleasure of visiting any of these places but would be so down to go! Also, I was just looking at flights the other night and found a RT from NY to Rome for under $900 for next month! I thought that was a steal considering it is so last minute, but yes I encourage people to come to Europe now just because it is the off season and things tend to be less expensive for sure.
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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      I think I had a few Italian cities picked out that were decently priced, but they didn’t make the cut (I had about 20 cities picked out). I didn’t want to flood this piece with too many places. I try to write more detailed remarks rather than just list things, so I knew I could only choose about five really good places. Plus the five cities I picked are just absolute dreams to visit during Christmas. They have beautiful snowy settings. I also did the plane tickets from LA, since I am on the west coast! So yeah, a lot of factors haha. Rome is definitely cheaper in the winter!

      • 3 months ago

        I totally feel you girl. Rome probably doesn’t have Christmas settings anywhere near as pretty as the places you listed. I don’t think it snows that much here but I will be excited when we get a little of that!

        • Emily
          3 months ago

          Don’t get me wrong, a holiday in Rome would be amazing! I always want to travel anywhere and everywhere. 😉

  • 3 months ago

    In off season I love how everything gets so cheap, especially the plane tickets! Even though the temperature is freezing in the winter, you can still do pretty a lot as long as you have a hot drink 🙂 London gets so dreamy in December, Christmas lights makes everything so magical, it is a must visit place in this season 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Yes I totally agree! I was trying to convey that in my post haha. I think it’s the perfect time to travel! I love my holiday traditions, but sometimes I like to mix it up. 🙂

  • 3 months ago

    London over the holidays would be amaaaaazing! Great deal-hunting, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanka Ashley!

  • 3 months ago

    Yes, London made the list! Thank you for validating my insane urge to book tickets to Venice and London for Christmas and New Year’s. In all seriousness, I love traveling to Europe during the holidays. It’s SO PEACEFUL.

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Haha all I ever want to do is travel for the holidays. I think it’s the bit of the shy loner in me. It really is peaceful!

  • 3 months ago

    This is a great list and thanks for sharing! My favourite destination is London, I love this city so much and I haven’t been there since 2008, hopefully I will get to visit soon! 🙂

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Same! I love London. It was my very first international trip as a 16-year-old so it will always be my first love. 🙂

  • 3 months ago

    I live in Italy and flights from here during the holidays are usually very expensive, so I normally don’t really travel around that time. I’ll have a short break in Madrid in a couple of weeks, though! 🙂
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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Ah that’s good to know Carol! Since most of my readers are US based, I tend to only choose US flights to compare from. That sucks Italy is so expensive to fly out from! Maybe everyone is trying to get away from the cold haha. Madrid sounds lovely this time of year! Have fun!

  • 3 months ago

    Great post! Currently trying to decide where to head for the holidays, too. Cuba and Mexico top of my list!

    moorizZLA xx

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Ahhhh Cuba is at the top of my list too! Someday… Hope you have a great weekend!

  • 3 months ago

    Oh I love this post!! You give me some great ideas!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanks Monica!

  • 3 months ago

    Great destinations, if only!

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thanks Melissa!

  • 3 months ago

    I prefer Fall temps but I can handle the straight up brutal winter cold just fine. I’ve been wanting to go abroad for the holidays for quite a while and I also wanted to try to do a warm Christmas somewhere too. I think it would be incredibly weird but I still think it’s an experience worth having. I’d love to see all the candles lit up in Stockholm and a Dublin/London holiday season sounds awesome too!

    -M

    Violet Roots || Instagram

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Same here! I prefer cooler temps. I’d rather be cold than hot, which isn’t usually the preference of most people. Stockholm sound absolutely amazing with all the lights!

  • Amy
    3 months ago

    Ahhh I wish these places were this affordable for me. i’d love to visit!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      All flights were from LA, so if you’re anywhere closer than that, they should still be pretty affordable. I’m on the west coast, but flying for the east coast is typically cheaper. 😉

  • 3 months ago

    Ooh love all these destinations. I feel like Moscow would be too cold for the winter, but I once went to Copenhagen in Feb, so what do I know? I’m starting to love the idea of winter travels!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Haha! Moscow would probably be the coldest, but I still think it would be really fun! Red Square is so beautiful during the holidays.

  • 3 months ago

    I might be a little bit biased but I would really recommend giving Berlin a try as well! The journey might be a little bit more expensive but the daily costs are remarkably lower than in the Scandinavian countries so you’ll save up a lot on that end 🙂

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      I will definitely look in to it Eva! Thanks for the suggestion! Saving on daily costs is always a good idea.

  • 3 months ago

    Great post…
    So many beautiful places…
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Thank you Zorica!

  • 3 months ago

    This is such a good list!!!! I definitely want to go to Ireland and Copenhagen! I am going to London the day after Christmas and I literally cannot wait!!! You seriously just made me want to book another trip to Europe so I think I’ll be doing some online digging to see what I can find! Thanks for the travel inspiration!

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Aw I am so jealous!! I love London during that time. Ummmm can I just book a ticket and meet you there?! lol (kidding, but not really).You’re welcome for the inspo Crissy!

  • 3 months ago

    Great list of places to visit! Now that I don’t have to worry about school in the fall and during the major holidays it’s been much cheaper to travel =o) Thanks for sharing!

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • Emily
      3 months ago

      Right!! That’s one reason I was happy to be out of school. Time and money to travel! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Beautiful
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