Amazing 2015-2016 Winter Weekend Getaway Packages

Weekend getaway packages in 2015 and 2016 have taken the overwhelming desire to escape the winter doldrums to another level, offering affordable excursions that are close to home but leave travelers feeling worlds away, reported International Business Times.

“The holidays can be a great time to treat yourself to a vacation – whether you want to take a break from your family or you’re simply looking for a more exotic beach location for family bonding time.”

With December finally upon us and the holidays fast approaching, travelers looking for weekend getaway packages should look for last-minute deals on opportunities like international and domestic Christmas trips, beach vacations, ski getaways, New Year’s Eve cruises, and affordable flights to some of the world’s most popular locales.

Amazing 2015-2016 Winter Weekend Getaway Packages [Photo by Carnival Cruise Line / Getty Images]Some of the most popular weekend getaway packages for the 2015 winter season reportedly include boarding a cruise ship for faraway ports of call. Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival both offer a variety of great deals on destinations throughout Mexico and the Western Caribbean, MSC Cruises offers a seven-night Mediterranean cruise, while Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises offer a variety of Bahamas cruises, reported International Business Times.

“Beyond cruises, there are plenty of other travel deals to be had this time of year. Try looking for all-inclusive packages to save money on airfare to your far-flung location.”

Mexico and Latin America are once again emerging as very popular options for travelers in 2016. This is especially true for the Riviera Maya region of the Mexican Caribbean, which is just a few hours south of the United States and just south of Cancun, offering plenty of easily accessible weekend getaway packages, reported Investment Properties Mexico, which specializes in real estate and vacation rentals throughout the country.

Other parts of Latin American and Hawaii are also tops on traveler’s wish lists for the upcoming winter season, with vacation websites offering fantastic deals to warm-weather destinations. International Business Times reports that is offering long weekend getaway packages to the Dominical Republic and the Riviera Maya right now as well. Also, be sure to check out the many deals being billed as holiday gifts on websites like Travelzoo, which offers a Napa Valley Escape, as well as big savings at Lake Arrowhead Resort near Los Angeles.

If children will be coming along for the trip, International Business Times recommends seeking out deals that are specifically geared toward catering to the entire family. Many all-inclusive reports, for example, offer ample activities for children of all ages, as well as exciting Kids Club activities. Some holiday packages even permit children within a certain age range to stay free of charge with the purchase of adult tickets. For example, is currently offering a variety of trips to Cancun and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, as well as locations in Aruba, that permit children up to the age of 12 to stay free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Fortunately, the rise of the internet has made the planning phase for weekend getaway packages so much easier than it was even 10 years ago, reported In fact, if your time away is somewhat flexible, a new app by called “Booking Now” allows you to book a stay at any one of their open hotels as early as a few days before arrival. Not only is this super convenient, but it can also save you a lot of money.

“You can save a ton of money and get a swanky place to boot.”

Amazing 2015-2016 Winter Weekend Getaway Packages [Photo by Sean Gallup / Getty ImagesAlso, recommends travelers check out HotelTonight, which is one of the most trusted last-minute booking apps, as well as Google Flights, which permits users to enter search terms like “skiing,” “beach,” Europe,” and cities to locate available options.

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