Last-Minute Travel Deals to Gift This Holiday Season

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Still haven’t bought a loved one—or yourself—a gift this holiday season? Rather than snagging a gift card or “I owe you,” take a vacation. Here are some cheap, last-minute trips you’ll want to take advantage of before the holidays hit.

Cruise the Nile for 20 percent off: It’s where human civilization began, on the banks of the Nile, in 3200 B.C.. This 5-star cruise along the Nile takes travelers on a tour through Ancient Egypt, venturing to Abu Simbel, Luxor, Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, and of course, the Pyramids and Sphinx. Prices for this trip typically cost well-over $1,000, but book ASAP and save 20 percent off for cruises leaving this spring.

Norwegian will ship you for free: No, you won’t be boxed in the cargo hold but rather relaxing in the seat of a 787 Dreamliner. The budget airline is gifting free flights around Europe to a handful of lucky U.S. citizens for its wonderfully named “Free Shipping Sale”—something, cough, Amazon should consider. Set up like an auction, interested travelers enter their names to win—a tapas plate for Barcelona or Hungarian lace for Budapest. Then the wait begins.

Vacation in Iceland for $200: Remember earlier this year when those $100 flights from the U.S. to Europe surfaced? Well, Wow Air is still at it. This time the no-frills, “we-will-definitely-weigh-your-carry-on” airline is gifting a Christmas miracle with $200 round-trip flights from the U.S. to Iceland. Just be warned: Considering the airline’s militant baggage policy, the flight may likely be closer to $300 round-trip—still a steal.

Fly to Berlin for $330 round-trip: At this point, is it any surprise that Norwegian Airlines is offering insanely cheap flights to Berlin this winter? The budget airline, who’s always having some kind of flight sale, is offering round-trip flights from the U.S. to Berlin starting at $330.

Is Mexico really having a Donald Trump sale?: Reports out of Mexico suggest the country is undergoing a yuuuuge travel sale following the election of Donald Trump. In actuality, there is no sale. The Mexican Peso has taken a hit in recent months and is in the midst of a period of inflation, with $1 for 20.69 pesos. What was typically pricy for many Americans is now on the cheaper side. Southwest seems to be capitalizing on some of the action by offering 65 percent off on trips to Mexico. Since the period of inflation may not last long, book soon to capitalize, too.

Tom is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but with more sunscreen and jorts.

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