International Travel is Out...Here's Where to Go Instead
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International Travel is Out…Here’s Where to Go Instead

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Coronavirus has reshaped the world of travel as we know it, with no signs of that slowing anytime soon. So now reality is setting in: For American travelers, international trips are largely off-limits.

Aside from a handful of Caribbean islands and other destinations, most countries are closed to U.S. tourists. Even those destinations that are open come with major complications: 14-day quarantines, negative COVID-19 tests results taken just days before departure, and more.

Read more: A Country-by-Country Guide to International Travel Restrictions

So while we all love international travel, it’s become increasingly clear that an international trip in the near future may not be in the cards. Don’t fret.

It’s time to turn inwards and look to domestic destinations instead. This is the year of the road trip, the outdoor adventures, and exploring the United States.

 

Domestic Destinations for History Buffs

Bummed about canceling your European trip this year? Dreaming of art galleries, museums, and historical tours? Whet your appetite for travel by visiting some historic destinations in the U.S. instead.

Head to stunning Savannah to spend time in a quaint Southern town, and soak up the local history. Check out our guide to Savannah to make your trip a mix of learning and pleasure. Here’s a few places to start your planning:

  • Walk through Forsyth Park, Savannah Historic District, and East River Street
  • Explore Telfair Museums and the Mercer Williams House Museum
  • Take a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery, famed location from the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Need a cheap flight to get you there? Our Thrifty Traveler Premium now includes domestic flight deals.

We recently found flights to Savannah (SAV) as low as $56 roundtrip from over 70 U.S. cities and sent instant alerts to our Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers!
 

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70+ cities to Savannah, Georgia: ALL under $198 (Was: $550)

Looking for another destination for history buffs – especially after watching Hamilton for the 50th time on Disney Plus? Head to Washington, D.C.! We’ve seen crazy cheap flights nationwide to our nation’s capital recently, with availability all the way through May 2021. This recent Premium deal featured fares as low as $76 roundtrip – even from Midwest and West Coast cities:

 

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80+ cities to Washington, DC: ALL under $198 (inc’l nonstop – Was: $450)


 

Beachy Getaways for Snowbirds

Already dreaming of your winter getaway or spring break 2021? If a tropical international destination isn’t in the cards, book a tropical domestic trip instead!
 

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50+ cities to San Diego, California: ALL under $200 (Was: $450)

Now’s your chance to book a winter Southern California getaway! We’ve seen record-low fares to San Diego under $200 recently, even from smaller regional airports. These were a few of the 50+ airports included in this recent Premium deal:

  • Augusta (AGS) – $200
  • Bangor (BGR) – $197
  • Billings (BIL) – $181
  • Bismarck (BIS) – $181
  • Cedar Rapids (CID) – $183
  • Colorado Springs (COS) – $181
  • Des Moines (DSM) – $179
  • Fargo (FAR) – $181
  • Fayetteville (FAY) – $200
  • Gainesville (GNV) – $200
  • Greenville (GSP) – $200
  • Lubbock (LBB) – $181
  • Norfolk (ORF) – $174
  • Oklahoma City (OKC) – $181
  • Omaha (OMA) – $195
  • Peoria (PIA) – $200
  • Sioux Falls (FSD) – $181
  • Tulsa (TUL) – $181
  • Wichita (ICT) – $181
  • Wilmington (ILM) – $200

 

Want to head to for the other coast? How do $100 roundtrip flights to Key West sound? This was one of our most popular domestic Premium deals recently, available from over 70 U.S. departure airports! 

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70+ cities to Key West, Florida from $115 (Was: $450)


 

Hey, Adventurers: Here’s Where to Explore in the U.S.

Are you more the outdoorsy type? If you’re mourning the cancellation of an international adventure, there are plenty of domestic alternatives.

There are so many stunning national parks to explore in the U.S., and they’re just a cheap flight deal away!

If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon and surrounding Utah National Parks, it’s a must! Don’t miss these parks:

  • Bryce Canyon
  • Arches
  • Canyonlands
  • Zion
  • Capitol Reef

Thrifty Tip: Curious which parks are open now? Check out our guide to national parks’ reopening.

Sound like a blast? We just found this rare sale to Grand Canyon Village this week and notified Premium members of the price drop:
 

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20+ cities to Grand Canyon Village, Arizona: ALL under $198 (Was: $450)

If you’re up for even more adventure, it’s time to cross Alaska off your bucket list. We recently unearthed a bigger nationwide flash sale to Anchorage than we’ve ever seen! Premium members from over 100 U.S. cities got an alert about this hot deal:
 

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Nationwide to Anchorage, Alaska: ALL under $298 (Was: $475)


 

Bottom Line

This is a tough year for travel. Many international trips have been canceled, and others are questionable at best. But now’s the time to explore the great United States of America – you’ll find there’s plenty to see and do domestically.

Whether you’re planning a trip for the next few months or as far out as summer 2021, we’ve got you covered on cheap domestic flight deals. Join Thrifty Traveler Premium for domestic flight deal alerts from your home airport!
 

2 Responses

  • I’m really bothered by this story, encouraging people to fly, on American Airlines no less and to some of the hottest ‘hot spots’ for the pandemic right now.
    Come on, seriously?
    This pandemic is spinning out of control and if we want life to be back to normal anytime in the next year, we just have to stop.
    I’m disappointed with TT, you’re damaging your brand with posts that continue to encourage leisurely flying.

    • Eric, nowhere in this story are we encouraging people to fly right now. This is about planning for the future, when it may be safer to travel. And the unfortunate reality is that international travel will be a no go – not just now, but for foreseeable future. We take safety and health seriously: That’s why we urged all our readers back in March to stop traveling altogether, and have only posted flight deals for many months in the future (and as far out as spring 2021).

      Every flight deal mentioned in this post is for September and beyond.

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