Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year in the United States -- with airports and interstates packed with travelers trying to get home for the holiday. We've already shared the best Thanksgiving hotel deals
to avoid crashing on the couch, insider tips for traveling around the holidays
and the cheapest days to fly
But consider this for a moment ...
For everyone else in the world, Thanksgiving is just a random Thursday in November. With that in mind, and with airfare only likely to rise even further as the holiday approaches, these last-minute deals could have you trading turkey for fresh fish in Tahiti, posting pics from Paris on Instagram while your family passes the potatoes or deciding which umbrella drink to order while your friends camp out for Black Friday sales.
Flights to this French Polynesian paradise are $998 roundtrip from Los Angeles
during Thanksgiving weekend. Wouldn't you rather be here?
A fare sale right from TAM Airlines is offering Thanksgiving fares to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo
from Miami, New York and Orlando starting at $549 roundtrip. We've seen domestic flights cost more during Thanksgiving holiday crush.
Baguettes or biscuits? Croissants or cornbread stuffing? Bœuf bourguignon or turkey? It'll be a different Thanksgiving meal for sure, but is that a bad thing? Fares in this Air France sale are currently available for as low as $877 roundtrip over Thanksgiving
from New York or Atlanta, $300-$400 more from Boston, LA, Houston or San Francisco. Other European cities -- think Barcelona, Athens and Rome -- are also included in this sale. Bonus tip:
It's currently $783 roundtrip to fly to Paris over New Year's. Just sayin ...
Cruising the Mediterranean
If Thanksgiving is about indulging, what better place to be than on a cruise ship? This deal includes a balcony cabin for $759 per person
on the mega ship Norwegian Epic, plus the third and fourth passengers sail free. Departing from Barcelona, the cruise includes stops in Italy and France.
Instead of lima beans with Thanksgiving dinner, have some beans in Lima, Peru. Flights in this LAN sale are $529 roundtrip from Miami
-- a similar price for a peak Thanksgiving flight to L.A. Several other South American destinations -- Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina are also available in this sale.
Leave the day before Thanksgiving and arrive in Italy the next day for a six-night trip in Tuscany
. The best part? It's just $999 per person.
A pint or two of Guinness on Thanksgiving? Don't mind if we do. This $899-per-person vacation
combines four nights in B&Bs across the Emerald Isle with a stay in a 5-star castle, plus flights from New York and manual car rental.
While it's not the easiest place to get to, once you're in St. Vincent & the Grenadines you'll be wondering why more people haven't found this hidden gem. One of the nicest properties on the island, Buccament Bay Resort, is offering a five-night all-inclusive stay for two people
for $925. That's 60% off.