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8 Exotic Places to Travel to This Winter, for Less than the Price of a Ski Vacation

    Dreaming of an exotic vacation instead of snow this year? From Australia to Argentina, Tourlane has produced a guide to the best places to vacation in the southern hemisphere this winter. Each year, the price of a ski vacation in the U.S. increases, while more tropical alternatives become increasingly accessible and affordable. We’ve included eight extraordinary destinations that offer travelers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for less than the price of a week on the slopes.

    In the table below, you’ll find the price per person to spend seven days in South Africa, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Ecuador, Australia, Kenya, and Tanzania with Tourlane. This includes the cost of all transfers, activities, and accommodation. We also researched the price of a seven-day ski vacation in Deer Valley and Beaver Creek, which includes the cost of ski rental, a lift ticket, lunch, and accommodation. It’s time to go off-piste and trade icy ravines for a tropical vacation, featuring grassy plains and sun-kissed sands!

    The Best Places to Visit in Winter for Less than the Price of a Ski Vacation

    The Top 3 Destinations for an Exotic Vacation This Winter

    1. South Africa - $1,618 for seven days

    If sun, safari, and sandy beaches sound inviting to you this winter, it’s time for an adventure to South Africa. This country offers visitors an unparalleled amount of variety within manageable distances. Head to Kruger National Park to witness the Big Five game animals roaming untamed around the wilderness. Visit the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula for divine beaches and world-class seafood. Head inland to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch for charming vineyards and striking landscapes.

    See the Twelve Apostles mountain range, pictured here, on a South Africa tour

    2. Argentina - $2,141 per person for seven days

    As the eighth-largest country in the world, it’s no surprise that Argentina offers visitors a diverse range of activities, landscapes, and climates. From its elegant capital Buenos Aires, nicknamed “Paris of the Americas, ” to the sparse and wild region of Patagonia, Argentina is a country full of contrasts. If you’re into wine, horse riding, and relaxation, stay in a rustic ranch. Alternatively, if you’re interested in geography and geology, head to Iguazu - home of the largest waterfalls in the world.

    Visit the extraordinary natural wonder that is Igauzu Falls waterfall, pictured here, on an Argentina tour

    3. Chile - $2,376 per person for seven days

    Located right on the western frontier of South America, Chile stretches over 2,500 miles alongside the Pacific Ocean. It’s a country for adventurers, seeking a range of experiences and climates. Head to the beautiful oceanfront city of Valparaíso to see a colorful cityscape and for  spectacular views of the Pacific. Torres del Paine in Patagonia beckons outdoorsy types with an interest in nature, as it’s home to an exceptionally high number of pumas. If you’re staying longer, consider a trip to Easter Island or Chiloé Island, both of which are UNESCO sites.

    See the Valle de la Luna, pictured here in the long shadows of the afternoon with a blue sky in the background, on an Atacama Desert tour

    How We Produced This Guide

    Using Tourlane’s own data, we researched the average price of a seven-day vacation in eight southern hemisphere countries during Winter 2020. Winter 2020 is December 21st, 2019 through March 21st, 2020. This price in the table is per person and includes all transfers, activities, and accommodation for seven days. Flights are not included. 

    Using data provided by the respective ski resorts, online menus, and a leading accommodation search engine, we researched the average price of a seven-day ski vacation in Deer Valley and Beaver Creek resorts during Winter 2020. The price in the table is per person and includes ski rental, a lift pass, lunch, and accommodation for seven days. Flights and transfers are not included. 

    All prices are in USD. This is a forecast and prices may change during the season. Sales tax is not included. For more information, please email dominic.walker@tourlane.com