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5 tips for November-December vacations

Thinking of a November-December getaway? Crowds at usually-busy Las Vegas get thinner around Thanksgiving and Christmas... before roaring back for New Year’s Eve.
Thinking of a November-December getaway? Crowds at usually-busy Las Vegas get thinner around Thanksgiving and Christmas... before roaring back for New Year’s Eve. Tribune News Service

It’s almost time to stow the Halloween trappings – and time to think about navigating a vacation during the tricky end-of-the-year season.

We’re looking at Thanksgiving and Christmas, when rates for flights and rooms skyrocket. And with the end of hurricane season and the approach of cooler temperatures, prices climb for Gulf Coast, Caribbean and ski-resort getaways.

Susan Breslow Sardone of abouttravel.com offers these trips for your 2015 wrap-up trip.

▪ Try to schedule your trip for the first two weeks of November or December.

▪ If you have to cruise, fly or stay somewhere during the late-month Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, book as soon as possible.

▪ Know that Thanksgiving and Christmas day are exceptions to the rule: They’re least-crowded days at many airports.

▪ Schools aren’t usually on holiday break the first two weeks of November. Resorts and cruises, as a result, will have fewer kids and smaller crowds.

▪ Think about Las Vegas during the holidays. Sardone points out that the place empties out... before getting full-tilt busy for New Year’s Eve.

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