By now, you should have put some serious thought toward vacation planning. After all, the dog-days of summer are upon us, and we all need a bit of R&R to decompress from the crazy news and work stresses that may have us feeling down.
Plus, most of your coworkers won’t even notice or care that you’re gone because this is after all the busiest travel period of the year. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay a small fortune to get where you need to go. Here’s a mix of local and far-ranging destinations that make for a great break from life inside the Beltway.
Party on the plane. Last month, Dulles Airport held its position as the 10th largest airport in the country for serving international routes. Maybe that’s the reason why Brussels Airlines continues to offer more gates at this airport. In July, they’re welcoming EDM fans for a flight takeoff party en-route to Belgium. The airline is hosting a DJ at the gate of its July 24 (Flight SN 516) journey from Dulles to Brussels, and it will feature the likes of D.C.’s very own, DJ Neekola. Flight prices for this adventure start at $1,772 round trip. If that’s too rich for your blood, then opt for a much easier and cost-effective option in October, round-trip flights start at just $957 to Brussels. Oh, and did we mention that you can also win your way to Tomorrowland with a golden ticket promotion.
Flights to Frankfurt under $500. American airlines is offering some jaw-dropping prices to fly to Frankfurt just-in-time for its famed Oktoberfest and Christmas markets. The Flight Deal explains how to book a round-trip flight for this fall or winter to Germany starting at $494.
Oklahoma, OK? There’s some good news if you’re a Southwest-loyalist. The low-cost, bags-fly-free airline is adding gates at Reagan National this fall. The airline started with an announcement for new nonstop service to Oklahoma City, which is good news for anyone who loves country line dancing, barbecue, or rodeos. Flight prices to the heartland start at just $104 one way.
Need a beach break with a side of Dolly? Then, you’re in luck because Spirit Airlines just announced an expansion of its Myrtle Beach non-stop flight from BWI. Flights start as low as $53 one way. Aside from the beach, an essential must-try is Dolly Parton’s dinner theater, Pirates Voyage, which features live acrobatics, sea lions, divers, and flame-throwing jugglers.
Hotels, Resorts, & Theme Parks
Red-hot deal at Turks & Caicos resort. With school out and summer finally here, Ocean Club Resorts, located at Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos, is launching a “pick your summer promo” special. This is an all-suite resort located directly on the beach, and guests are able to save big with a 20 percent discount on a four-night minimum stay or a buy one, get another night half-off deal for six-night minimum stays.
All aboard to Pittsburgh! Kennywood Park, which right now is celebrating its 120th anniversary, is a four-hour drive west of D.C., and very close to Pittsburgh, which makes it an easy excuse for a weekend getaway. And starting July 28, kids, both young and old, will want to plan a visit to this historic park to welcome Thomas the Tank Engine. Five new family-friendly rides will open as part of Thomas Town, making Kennywood the second largest Thomas-themed theme park in North America. There’s also several summer deals and discounts off park admission for July and August.
Celebrate "Crab Week" in Cambridge. The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge Maryland has summertime overnight rates for summer that start at just $229 per night. There’s plenty of reasons to visit, including a water park, golf course, and spa services, but the main draw for summer is Crab Week. From August 10-19, the resort will celebrate Maryland’s world-famous delicacy—Chesapeake blue crabs—with family friendly activities, crab-themed events, food trucks, pool deck barbecues, cooking demonstrations, and, of course, a waterfront crab feast.