You're busy. We understand. We are, too. Between work, family, social engagements, and endless to-do lists, we all forget to stop to take a breather now and again. And chances are most of you are finding yourselves with extra vacation days that you didn't use because of the lack of said breathers – which you can't carry over into 2013. (It's a common story; even those of us who work at a travel website sometimes can't find the time to use them.) But don't despair, because it's not too late to plan a trip with those few extra days. With these great deals – all available for travel this December – you can explore a major metropolis, soak up sunshine, or relax at a luxurious spa for an extended weekend getaway that isn't too far from home.Take a quick holiday shopping trip to New York City, where we’ve found a number of affordable hotels for last-minute getaways. The Bentley Hotel on Manhattan’s classy Upper East Side starts from $179 per night (December 16-21); it’s also minutes from the upscale shops and holiday windows on Park, Madison, and Fifth Avenues. The Ameritania, in the heart of the Theater District and minutes from Times Square and Radio City Music Hall (home to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the Rockettes, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular), starts from $139 per night over the same dates. The Hotel Wolcott, in bustling Midtown Manhattan and a short few blocks from the world-famous Macy's, is only $150 per night.
How about spending the last days of 2012 on the beach? The 4-Star Hyatt Regency Miami, in the heart of downtown and minutes from South Beach, is $159 per night from now through December 26 (some nights even go as low as $139). Meanwhile, the stylish and Art Deco Sofitel Miami is just $175 per night. Or what about a trip to up-and-coming Fort Lauderdale? The "Venice of America" is always a cheap flight destination from most U.S. cities, and hotels near the beach and marinas are modestly priced, like the iL Lugano Suite Hotel for $110 per night, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina for $119 per night, or the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six for $149 per night.
West Coasters might enjoy a quick escape to San Diego, a city surprisingly filled with great hotel deals this time of year, like the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina from $149 per night, or the Sofia Hotel, near the historic and trendy Gaslamp Quarter, for $129 per night. How about a spa weekend instead? Enjoy a stay at the luxurious JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tuscon, Arizona, for $209 per night. Or, upgrade to their Winter Wonderland package for $249 (for stays December 14-16), which includes $100 in resort credit and numerous seasonal events for the family like Christmas concerts, sledding, and pictures with Santa Claus.
Don't wait 'til 2013 to start planning your vacations. You can take a mini one now with your last few vacation days and use them before you lose them!
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