10 insanely affordable vacations for spring 2019


Need to plan a cheap trip for spring? Consult this list of affordable destinations, which are offering great value to travelers at this time of year. You’ll find plenty of beach-side locations on this list, as well as alternative vacation ideas for a spring break that doesn’t involve the beach.


As noted in SmarterTravel’s cheapest places to fly list for spring 2019, “Australia is routinely on sale nowadays” with airfare sales common to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. However, this year the west coast, including Perth, is also a cheaper place to fly to with airfare down 30 percent over last year. While monitoring Scott’s Cheap Flights, I’ve seen countless round-trip airfare sales to the continent recently in the $500 and $600 range.

Where to stay: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney hotel prices are particularly low right now with four-star properties offering nightly rates between $100 and $150. Even the trendy, five-star Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Sydney has rates as low as $117.

What to do: Make the most of a trip Down Under and book a group tour, like Intrepid’s Esperance & Southwest Adventure. Prices start at $810 for the six-day trip. You can hit Western Australia’s national parks and the weather will be fair in the country’s fall season. Also, in Sydney, be sure to catch the Vivid Light Festival that occurs in late May — the Opera House and other landmarks are adorned in a spectacular light show that shouldn’t be missed on a spring trip.

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