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The cheapest places to travel every month of 2019

The cheapest places to travel every month of 2019
  • KAYAK figured out which top worldwide destinations have the biggest airfare price drops each month for 2019.
  • Flights to Thera, on Santorini in Greece, see a whopping 45% drop in price in May.
  • Airfare to Reykjavik, Iceland, is 23% cheaper in August.

Travel can get expensive, especially when you’re visiting popular destinations during peak season.

But if you time it right, you can visit those same hotspots for a fraction of the price.

KAYAK just released its new 2019 Travel Hacker Guide, in which they figured out which top worldwide destinations see the biggest airfare price drops each month in 2019 by analyzing over 1.5 billion annual travel searches.

From Greece to Iceland to Charleston, South Carolina, these 12 locations are surprisingly affordable when you catch them at the right time.

Keep scrolling to find out when and where you’ll save the most in the new year.

The Dotonbori amusement district of Osaka, Japan.

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Drop in price: 35%

Median airfare: $652

January is the cheapest month to fly to Osaka, Japan, a sleek metropolis that blends ancient history with modern, urban attractions. Be sure to venture to the Umeda district if you’re a night owl, as it’s known for its vibrant nightlife.

FEBRUARY: Ontario, Canada

Ice skating in Toronto, the capital of Ontario, Canada.

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Drop in price: 21%

Median airfare: $259

You’ll want to head up to Ontario, Canada, this February to make the most of winter before it ends. Toronto, Ontario’s capital city, is a can’t miss, and the stunning Toronto Light Festival lasts from the end of January through March. Stop by to see the city’s historic Distillery District completely decked out in lights, as well as various art installations.

MARCH: Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia.

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Drop in price: 16%

Median airfare: $1,004

Make the most of the city’s unbeatable weather by taking a stroll through Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock Winery, and ogle at the outdoor artwork of 25 renowned local, national and international sculptors.

Santorini, Greece.

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Drop in price: 45%

Median airfare: $743

Thera is an ancient city atop the scenic Greek island destination of Santorini. Seize the opportunity to snag discounted airfare this May, as Santorini has been growing in popularity in recent years. Walk through ancient ruins, and cap off your day by watching a stunning sunset over crystal blue water.

JULY: Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Drop in price: 19%

Median airfare: $272

If you’re looking for Southern charm this summer, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina, which has been voted the best city in the world in the past. With its rich history, impeccably landscaped gardens, and stunning waterfront views, it’s no wonder travelers love the city so much.

AUGUST: Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Drop in price: 23%

Median airfare: $440

For a brief respite from the August heat, Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik is a welcoming, creative “feast for the senses.” The city is walking friendly, and boasts a plethora of forward-looking, modern architecture. Trek to the futuristic-looking Hallgrímskirkja church, built in 1986, or City Hall (Ráðhúsið), which was designed to look like it floats on a neighboring lake.

SEPTEMBER: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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Drop in price: 32%

Median airfare: $403

Booking a flight to Kailua-Kona, a beautiful seaside town on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island, is a surefire way to extend your summer vacation. Soak up the lush views and sunny weather, and try to spot the colorful coral on Kamakahonu Beach.

OCTOBER: Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize.

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Drop in price: 25%

Median airfare: $385

A charming port city that opens up into the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is a bit of an undiscovered gem that you’ll want to hurry to this October. Check out ancient Mayan artifacts in the Museum of Belize, or the historic St. John’s Cathedral on the south side of the port.

NOVEMBER: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium.

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Drop in price: 22%

Median airfare: $547

Brussels, Belgium, the country’s capital city, is bursting with quaint yet impressive European charm. With three official languages, it boasts a fusion of cultures and cuisines. See the much-lauded Gothic architecture that the city is known for, and eat your weight in waffles and fries.

DECEMBER: Calgary, Canada

Calgary, Canada.

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The USA has no chill: here are 9 reasons why…

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Okay, we admit it, we can sometimes be a bit extra. Over the top. Loud, bright and bold. But can the world blame us? We birthed Hollywood, Walt Disney World, the world’s largest burger, the first man on the moon, and for a while there, the world’s tallest building! We’re big and bold, and we LOVE it. So here we are to embrace it & list 9 extra amazing things we have to offer the world… have you ticked any off your list?

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota

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Yes, that’s right, we actually have a Corn Palace in South Dakota. The world’s only, if you can believe it. And no, it isn’t just a quirky name for something that has nothing to do with the interior – it’s genuinely decorated with crop art. The designs are made from corn, the murals are made with corn, the art depicts corn – and a new design is made every year. Don’t worry, we’re not going to throw out any corny jokes here… oops.

 

2. Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard in Waterbury, Vermont

 

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We all love Ben & Jerry’s – it’s innately programmed into us from birth. But have you ever wondered what happens to the flavors that get discontinued? They end up in Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard… yep, seriously. Remember Aloha Macadamia, Peanut Butter & Jelly or Devil’s Food Chocolate? Pay tribute to the flavors you used to love by visiting the headstones of the brand’s dearly ‘de-pinted’. Go on a tour, stuff yourself silly on ice cream, and then wander one of the least creepy/slightly weird graveyards in the world.

 

3. Raw cookie dough with a spoon (at home or in NYC)

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Why wait for the cookies to bake? Just stick a spoon in some raw cookie dough, topped up with sprinkles, chocolates and loads more delicious toppings, right? We’ve got people around the world flocking to NYC to get a taste of the good stuff at DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections. Or we could just eat it straight from the mixing bowl at home…

 

4. The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada

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Why leave clowns in our nightmares when we could make a hotel dedicated to them? Yep, that’s what we’ve done in Nevada, just a couple of hours outside of Vegas. A bunch of clown figurines and memorabilia, a cemetery and some creepy haunted motel stories – sure, sounds like the perfectly relaxed evening we’ve all been waiting for.

 

5. Salvation Mountain in Imperial County, California

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We’ve got a huge message shining up to the heavens in the lower desert of Southern California. Leonard Knight decorated this massive masterpiece (50ft x 150ft) to celebrate his passion for his religion, and to God. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate this though – it’s a man-made mountain decorated in colorful art, and everyone can appreciate that!

 

6. Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California

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Why have a cool and quirky laneway dedicated to street art when you can have a 21-metre-long alleyway dedicated to used chewing gum?! Move aside Melbourne, there’s some new cool kids in town. It started in the 70’s and has been added to ever since – it’s colorful, it’s disgusting, and the tourists love it!

 

7. The Presidential Turkey Pardon in Washington D.C.

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Every Thanksgiving, the President is presented with a turkey by the National Turkey Federation. And each Thanksgiving, the designated turkey receives a Presidential Pardon. Why? Who knows. What did the turkey do? Nothing. Is this just a little bit weird? Absolutely.

 

8. Chicago River, every St Patrick’s Day

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Every St Patrick’s Day Chicago dumps vegetable dye into the Chicago River to turn it bright green, and they’ve been doing it every year since 1962. Do the Irish even go this hard?!

 

9. Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

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If ever there was a festival dedicated to being ‘extra’ this is it. Imagine every crazy custom from around the world, mixed up with outrageous costumes and quirky art installations, right in the middle of the Nevada desert. 70,000 people attend, set up their own city (Black Rock City) and party non-stop for an entire week. There are 10 principles of Burning Man: radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy. You don’t pay with money, you pay with gifts or performances. You’ll also witness dust storms, giant burning statues, 8am surprise sets from the world’s best DJs and glittery people in otherworldly costumes… or none at all, riding amazing unicorn floats as their modes of transport. Basically, it’s another world entirely.

 

Still not impressed? Maybe you need to head to Highpoint, North Carolina to check out the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers. Or just head to our USA Travel Guide to start planning your own trip on home soil! You never know what crazy ideas people have had nearby…

 

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