If you still need to get your spring break fix and want to head overseas, don’t miss out some great deals on lodging and airfare at some of the world’s top off-peak travel hotspots. Whether you want to go to Europe or run away on a tropical escape, stretch that travel budget to take advantage of off-peak rates at some of the world’s most-visited locales. Several destinations host spring festivals and other special events in April and May.
Here are five off-peak travel destinations to visit in spring 2012:
A hotbed of culture and history, Portugal continues to be one of the most affordable European destinations over spring break season. Head to this beautiful city to attend the spring festivals and fairs in Lisbon, visit some 12th-century buildings, and stay at one of the trendy newer hotels in the main city district. The Hotel Teatro is a four-star contemporary restaurant located in the heart of Porto, and average nightly rates in April are just under $150 a night.
Rua sa da Bandeira 84
4000-427 Porto, Portugal
+351 220 409 620
Yearning for a tropical getaway this spring? Set your sights on Aruba for an unforgettable Caribbean getaway. Your best bet is to get an all-inclusive package or other special offer from one of the larger beach resorts here. Some of the chain hotels, including Marriott and Radisson, offer attractive packages and discounts on spa getaways over the spring months. The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino, & Spa is currently offering a Super Saver Spring Rate at just $309 per night.
Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 81
Palm Beach, Aruba
Explore the museums, cultural centers, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and other landmarks around Germany on a self-guided tour. Germany is home to numerous palaces, gardens, and national parks that are ripe for exploring. Head out to the Bavarian Forest National Park for the day, shop the fashionable districts of Berlin, or spend your day trekking around the Alps. Average nightly rates for various deluxe properties around Berlin are just under $150 per night this spring.
Escape to southern Mexico to explore the historic colonial city and learn about the region’s traditions, culture, and colorful history. Oaxaca plays host to several cultural festivals from Easter through the end of May and is a great place to just kick back and relax. A seven-night stay at the Camino Real Oaxaca in April is just $207 per night for a deluxe room with single or double occupancy. You’ll find similar off-peak travel deals at neighboring hotels.
Camino Real Oaxaca
5 de Mayo 300
01 951 501 6100
Another place to soak up some local culture and participate in some late spring festivals is Istanbul, Turkey. Flights to Istanbul are relatively reasonable at this time of year, and you can also find some package deals at some of the city’s choice hotels and deluxe properties. Stay at a destination that will put you within easy reach of famous sites like the Topkapi Palace, an archaeological marvel in itself. Don’t miss the chance to shop at one of the Egyptian bazaars for your fair share of eastern goods and trinkets. The Modern Sultan Hotel is a deluxe boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic district and across from the archaeological museum. Average nightly rates in April for the bed and breakfast package are just under $120 per night.
Modern Sultan Hotel
Zeynep Sultan Cami Sokak 19 34110
+90 212 520 00 53