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You need a vacation between all of those family gatherings.

Melanie Lieberman
November 22, 2016

We all know that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year to travel: Google estimates airlines will see some 27.3 million passengers this year. And Christmas is no easier.

But there’s a lesser known, insider secret we’d like to share: The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the best time all year to take a trip.

The roads and skies are quiet between these two major travel holidays, making it more relaxing than usual to take a trip.

Travelers will enjoy swift airport security lines, unoccupied roads, and ample seats at hotel swim-up bars. And they can take advantage of major discounts.

Even airlines are apt to join in on the Cyber Monday deals: Airfare prediction app Hopper anticipates that the entire week following Thanksgiving could bring major savings.

“Airlines tend to launch a lot of fare sales the first week in December,” Patrick Surry, Hopper’s chief data scientist, told Travel + Leisure.

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Surry says that, aside from the winter holidays, airlines are happy to discount seats to fill excess capacity in December.

“Demand during the fall season tends to be weak, other than [the] holidays...the addition of flash sales can make it the best opportunity to save during the year for flexible travel.”

Based on recent trends, Hopper suggests looking out for impressive prices to European and Caribbean destinations.

Hotels are also are eager to attract over-stuffed, shopping-weary guests by cutting rates.

At the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, for example, travelers can ditch the holiday stress in the Caribbean while saving 20 percent on rooms. At the Pacific Beach Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, travelers can save 40 percent off December stays by booking a tropical getaway by between Black Friday and December 2.

Look out for more travel deals in the upcoming days and weeks, and consider tossing in just one more vacation before 2017.

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