3 Surprisingly Cheap Vacations for August 2019
August is traditionally the end of summer travel season, and save for Labor Day weekend, less traveled than June or July. That means deals can be had- though you may have to go to some off peak destinations to find them!
1. Take a Cruise
Cruises are usually a great value for a vacation- the food is included, deals can include alcohol, and you only have to unpack once to visit several destinations! While recently-built mega-ships are still pricey year round, Norwegian and Carnival's older ships can provide great value, and in my opinion, better itineraries.
The reason for this is because cruise companies secretly want you on board spending money, not at port. That's why you're seeing many cruise lines opening their own private islands or beaches in the Bahamas, Haiti, Belize, and Honduras. It keeps the spending in-house.
You can take a 7-night cruise from Galveston, Texas to Belize City, Belize, Roatan, Honduras, and Cozumel, Mexico on the Carnival Freedom for $529 per person plus port taxes this August on Avoya Travel.
While the flight may cost you a bit (without points and miles), Bali is ultra-cheap in August. Prepare to sweat in the humidity, but if you're scoring a 5-star hotel on the beach for under $100 a night, who cares? It's such a good deal, I'm heading there myself this year! Check for great deals on Hotwire, which are sometimes blind-buys (you pay before you know your hotel's name), but you'll save a bundle.
3. Budapest, Hungary
Flights to Europe in August are a bit less crazy than earlier in the summer – I'm seeing one-week trips to Budapest for under $700. Keep in mind, Norwegian is a budget airline, which will charge you for everything on your flight, even water! Once there, everything is cheap- from accommodations, to food, to natural hot spring day passes! Don't miss the goulash, it's cheap and delicious. Check out Airfarewatchdog for good inventory and pricing in the city.