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What are you doing for the holidays?

November 2, 2010

Because December is the slowest month in the tax industry (the cosmic breather before tax season hits) my family usually travels during the holidays. And before I moved to NYC I used to come here for the holidays, just like the zillions of other tourists. A report came out in November’s Money Magazine that is about the Holiday-Week Getaways and where you should be going simply because of fiscal issues…

The City Excursion:

New York City is where the crowds are going. Hotwire.com’s current booking data for December 24 to January 2 puts the Big Apple on top – even though December visitors will pay, on the average, $255 a night for a four-star hotel. Where You Should Go is Washington D.C. as the average nightly rate on a four-star hotel there is $96 over the same period. In the capital city you have your pick of 13 Smithsonian museums, which are free and open everyday except Dec 25. And though it’s no Time Square, the fireworks in Old Town Alexandria – a 25 min Metro ride away – make for a pretty rock in’ New Year’s Eve.

The Beach Getaway:

San Juan, Puerto Rico  is where the crowds are going as flights from Miami costs about $430 over Christmas week, says FareCompare.com. With five nights at a two-to-four-star hotel (at an average of $320 a night according to Expedia) you and your travel buddy are out $2,500. Where You Should Go is Nassau, Bahamas as flights from Miami are only about $250 and you can book a nice hotel for well below Puerto Rico’s average. The Bahamas see half the holiday travelers of Puerto Rico, so you’ll have your pick of spots on Nassau’s white sand Cable Beach.

The Ski Trip:

Breckenridge, Colorado is the most popular ski getaway for the holiday week according to Ski.com. You’ll pay an average of $955 per person for a five-night stay and a four-day lift ticket, based on four people traveling together. Where You Should Go is Crested Butte, Colorado as you’ll save a lot on lift and lodging packages. A five night stay with lift tickets at the Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel costs $725 per person based on quadruple occupancy (that’s if you book by Nov 23). Though the mountain is smaller than Breckenridge, it has about the same percentage of expert trails. Non-skiers can ice skate and go tubing at nearby Adventure Park.

Even with this economy you can still get deals and make smart fiscal choices. At GAI (www.gunwel.com) we can help you make smart choices. Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. We are open year round and this year I’m staying home for the holidays. See you soon!

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