Last minute Christmas getaways that won’t break the bank

Enjoy the Christmas holidays without spending a fortune.

Christmas is the perfect time for a family getaway as everyone has a week or two off, from work or school, together. 

However, the downside to this time of year is that the price of many hotels, flights and activities get hiked up to take advantage of the busy season.

“Travel can't escape the dreaded Christmas tax. Many hotels and airlines mark up their prices to take advantage of peak season travellers," Angus Kidman, travel expert at finder.com.au, says.

While we know that the earlier you book travel during these peak times, the better, don't despair if you're calendar is still empty. 

"There are still plenty of deals available for last-minute holidays, you just need to shop around," he says. 

Unsuspecting countries

Try the path less-travelled when it comes to booking last-minute holidays. 

“Look further than the obvious choices," Angus suggests. "Bali's an Aussie fave known for its cheap prices, but finder.com.au research shows that at Christmas time even it can get pretty expensive, with a 120 per cent markup in prices.”

Why not consider a white Christmas in eastern Europe?

Countries that don't celebrate Christmas

It may be hard to believe as we look around at Christmas decorations hanging from every surface, but there are countries that don't care as much for Christmas as us. 

“Choose a holiday destination where Christmas isn't such a big deal, such as Vietnam or Morocco," Angus says. "You’ll often find cheaper fares and you might avoid the flood of Christmas travellers too!”

Don't rule out domestic

Another great way to get away is to consider travelling in your own backyard.

“A good way to save is by travelling domestically," Angus explains. "Western Australia is home to some of the countries best beaches, so check it out if you’re after a quieter Christmas escape.”

No immunisations, visas or travel money exchange required. 

Be clever about days you travel

One of the best ways to save money on travel is to carefully consider what days you travel on. 

“If you really want to cut trim costs, consider travelling on the big celebration days," Angus reveals. "Flying on Christmas Day or over New Years can save you hundreds.”

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