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Affordable airfares to Nordic cities this winter

Stockholm tops the Wallet-Friendly International Flights list for travellers looking for a winter holiday escapade. Photo: AFP

A new list of the most budget-friendly international holiday destinations suggests heading to Nordic destinations this winter, which posted the most affordable airfares and best airline deals for US consumers this season.

In Kayak’s annual Holiday Hacker Guide, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and Reykjavik topped their ”Wallet-Friendly International Flights” list for travellers looking for a holiday escapade.

Median airfares to Stockholm, for instance, are 41% lower than the median airfares for other international routes.

While travellers may save on their plane ticket, however, Stockholm and Oslo are well-known for being expensive cities to visit overall.

Likewise, the travel search engine’s choice may lack broad appeal among holidaymakers looking to escape the winter cold.

For sun-seeking snow birds, experts recommend Atlanta and Dallas as domestic alternatives, with median fares predicted to be 30% and 27% lower (respectively) than the median airfare for North America.

Meanwhile, editors at US News And World Report picked Rome as the best winter vacation and the most affordable destination this year.

And when it comes to the hottest New Year’s Eve destinations this year, it seems Guadalajara is the place to be, with searches for the Mexican city up 38%.

As for best times to book, Kayak’s data suggests that flying on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day will save travellers the biggest bucks. Otherwise, flying on Dec 23 and returning Dec 26 will likewise shave a few dollars off their flight.

Here is Kayak’s list for the most wallet-friendly international flights this winter:
1. Stockholm, Sweden
2. Oslo, Norway
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
5. Barcelona, Spain
6. Cartagena, Colombia
7. Madrid, Spain
8. Paris, France
9. Malaga, Spain
10. Bogota, Colombia

– AFP Relaxnews