AAA reports that around 100 million Americans travel at least 50 miles during the holiday season. Some desire to venture farther, yet finances hold them back.

AAA reports that around 100 million Americans travel at least 50 miles during the holiday season. Some desire to venture farther, yet finances hold them back.

While organizations such as AAA offer and find travel deals for necessary December travel and wanderlusters, USA TODAY in October listed “10 insanely affordable” winter vacation sites to consider, such as:

— Dallas, Texas, with mild temps and plenty of free city attractions and museums. Free M-Line restored vintage trolleys run through the city’s uptown and downtown.

— Aspen and Vail winter wonderland excursions may not fit the budget, but consider Cheyenne, Wyoming, for cross-country skiing, ice boating and ice fishing.

— Madeira, Portugal, is listed for its semi-tropical 60 degree-range temps that actually make it a more affordable destination than tropical spots in the Caribbean. Plus, explore European architecture and quaint shops and restaurants.

PriceofTravel.com busts two December travel myths: Hotels are not necessarily cheaper in countries not observing Christmas, and book as soon as possible as last-minute deals are risky. This site spotlights warm and cheap destinations including:

— Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, where three-star hotel prices start at $75 a night, and four-star at $150. Cancun, Cozumel and Riviera Maya also have deals under $100 a night.    

— Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, is for the truly adventurous; although it has “generally been safe” according to the site, travelers need at least check travel warnings. Deals are drawing visitors to the 74 degree F region located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula: 3- and 4-star hotels start around $25 a night.

Money magazine shared earlier this year that because of low fuel costs over the past few years, airlines have been swimming in profits. Register at various online travel deal sites to get up-to-minute rates, and snatch them as soon as possible, says Money.