For those who have the travel itch, but are on a limited budget conventional wisdom would suggest that the best way to get a deal would be to travel during the off season; but with a recovering economy, the travel industry is getting very creative in boosting their bottom line. We’re talking extra nights, free breakfast, chef table dinners and more; in short, it’s a great time to be a traveller. Though the holidays are typically considered the high season, many deals can still be had by travelling mid week for resorts and on weekends for cities.

T’is the season of last minute deals; and these fun little jaunts, pack fun in the sun while keeping you check book happy!

  • Getaway with the Girls
Budget Travel in Thailand

Budget Travel in Thailand

Kicking back with your BFFs is one of the most decadent getaways of all; and although it’s a long haul to this posh locale, once you’re there, it heaven! This lush resort set in the province of Krabi, borders the Andaman Sea and features luxury villas, butler service, tropical gardens and an awe inspiring spa.

Their Peace of Mind Package provides a five night stay for the price of four; and comes complete with a welcome gift, daily breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi and daily boat trips to Hong Island. The rates average at about $400 per night, with a saving of about 20%. This deal is available through December 22, 2011. Phulaybay.com

  • Fun for the Whole Family
Budget Travel in Miami

Budget Travel in Miami

Located just went of Miami, this beautiful resort pampers mom and dad with a spa, golf and tranquil rooms; but offers amenities that kids can enjoy with a Blue Lagoon recreation area.

The Escape Family Time Package includes staying a garden view room, plus free meals for kids under 12, at any of the resort’s four restaurants. Rates start at $199 nightly from November 20- December 22; $249 from December 23- January 4; and $299 from January 5-30. You will save over 40% when you book at mariott.com/miadl and enter code MAJ.

  • For Lovers Only
Budget Travel

Budget Travel

The holidays are the perfect time to get away with the apple of your eye; and this resort is romance ready. Featuring the only natural beach on the island, this oasis offers rooms right on the water. Massages in seaside cabanas or island eco tours; followed by smooth jazz on the outdoor sky lounge will light any fire.

The Moonlight Honeymoon Package includes accommodations, champagne service, a romantic moonlight dinner for two and daily breakfast. Rates start at $300 with a four night minimum; you’ll save about 25% off the total. Use the promo code LUV when booking. Mariott.com/hotels/travel/sttfr

So you see, just because it is the high season, doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck in your respective winter wonderlands; by taking advantage of the deals being offered we can all find escapes we can afford!

Bianca Osbourne is a freelance writer and natural foods chef, who focuses on super food recipes for health; which she believes are the best anti ageing skincare treatment. Along with a passion for food, she is passionate about a holistic approach to wellness; she educates women on natural birth control and how to take their health into their own hands

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