Top 3 Bargain Winter Getaways for 2018 - My Family Travels

Looking for a bargain winter getaway with all the holiday fun and festivities but without the cold, the work or the stress? Read on for current winter bargains in Florida, the Caribbean and New England.

Big Orlando Sale!

Stars of the "LEGO Movie: 4D A New Adventure" await the family at LEGOLAND, where discounted family tickets are available through
Stars of the “LEGO Movie: 4D A New Adventure” await the family at LEGOLAND, where discounted family tickets are available through Photo by Chip Litherland Photography c. LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Welcome to the holidays — Orlando Style. The best part: You don’t have to wait until Christmas week to celebrate since Orlando’s seven famous theme parks and attractions celebrate for 59 days at 20 festive events — everything from special parades, fireworks, shows and even a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made out of LEGOs.

Here’s an early holiday gift:  You won’t have to bust the budget to get your gang there, thanks to Visit Orlando’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, live from Nov. 20-29, 2018, that you can use for discounted vacations all next year.

Save an extra 10 percent off already discounted purchases at Use promo code “GIFT” between Nov. 20-29 for the incredible deal, but don’t delay as some tickets may have limited quantities.

Whether you want to hit the latest theme park attractions, kick back on the beach or hit the slopes over the holidays or next year, the good news is there are plenty of affordable options.

All-Inclusive Beach Bargains!

Aqua Nick water park at Karisma's Nickelodeon Resort
Kids and the young at heart love the Aqua Nick water park at Karisma’s all-inclusive, beachfront Nicklodeon Resort in the Dominican Republic.

The all-inclusive Karisma Hotels & Resorts known for their Gourmet Inclusive Experience, can offer much more than the luxe beach vacation you want. They’ve got deals that are 45 percent or more off and, in some cases, kids are free.

The key is to choose the right resort for your family. Generations Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma, for example, is designed for multigenerational groups with the largest suites in the Caribbean — your home away from home except with butler service and organized activities for the kids. Save half with current deals.

Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma, also in Mexico, is especially popular with young families as it’s got everything you need for your baby or toddler as well as canopied beach beds to cuddle up, kids’ activities, water sports, spa and great eats. You’ll find two other Azul Beach Resorts in Mexico and one in Negril, Jamaica.  Save 45 percent (depending on your dates) with kids’ free specials until the end of the year.

You’ll find the same deal at the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, not only a five-star but the only Nickelodeon resort in the world. Each of the 208 guestrooms is decorated with a Nickelodeon™ twist and kids love the huge Aqua Nick water park where there’s mass sliming.

Learn a Snow Sport and Save!

Maine in winter is the ideal place to introduce the whole family to cross-country skiing.
Maine in winter is an Instagrammable charm, and the ideal place to introduce the whole family to cross-country, downhill skiing and showshoeing. Photo of Bethel, Maine by Brian Nevins, c.

If your family would rather hit the slopes than the beach, head to Maine. How many places can boast ski hills with ocean views? Welcome to Maine’s Camden Snow Bowl, home to one of the world’s best toboggan runs — 400 feet long.

Maine is home to two large ski resort — Sunday River and Sugarloaf — but there are plenty of smaller, less expensive ones like Camden Snow Bowl and miles of snowmobile, cross country ski and snowshoe trails across the state, many in open fields, state and local parks.

January, Learn a Snow Sport Month, offers lots of opportunities for discounted lifts and lessons.   Save when you book lodging and lift tickets together at places like Sunday River.

Gear up at L.L. Bean’s giant store in Freeport where you’ll find lots of outlet stores. All ages can indulge in Portland’s eclectic food scene. And, it’s always fun to take a walk in a Maine snowstorm, kids I interviewed for my new Kid’s Guide to Maine say.

Happy Travels!


This winter vacation deals blog post is by Eileen Ogintz, nationally syndicated columnist of “Taking the Kids” and author of the “Kids Guide” series of travel books from Globe Pecquot Press. Her post is sponsored by

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