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Thanksgiving Getaway: Abroad Deals and Hotel Steals

Nowadays vacation comes in such small doses that more and more people are forgoing the weekend pilgrimage home and using Thanksgiving time off to take a big trip.

This year the strengthening U.S. dollar and recent drop in airfares have made some previously cost-prohibitive international destinations affordable once again.

"Europe is a good value right now. With the dollar gaining on the euro, you can get can travel to Europe for significantly less than a few months ago," said Celko.

The best deals are typically hotel and airfare packages. Frommer recommends Icelandairusa.com, GoToday.com and Gate1Travel.com.

Thanksgiving Bargains Abroad

For a warmer alternative and still favorable exchange rate, Celko suggested South America. "In November, temperatures in Argentina are still in the 70s and 80s," she said.

Thanks to a decrease in flight routes and business travel, combined with a glut of a new hotels, "there are a lot of hotel deals and we're only going to see more," said Perrin.

One of the places she is seeing the best value is in Hawaii, where hotel occupancy fell to just 63 percent in September. For some of the best deals in Hawaii she recommends: BeatofHawaii.com and GoVisitHawaii.com.

If like being on the water, you're also in luck. According to Frommer, November is a great month for cruise values. Two sites she recommends are LeisureLarry.com and the deals section of CruiseCritic.com.

For more tips, ideas and deals check out the following Web sites:

Conde Nast Traveler (www.cntraveler.com)

Frommers

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