If you’re not feeling particularly patriotic, give some lesser-known overseas destinations a shot. Ever heard of Heraklion? It’s the fourth-largest city in Greece and the capital of Crete, yet somehow gets lost in the Beautiful Greek Islands conversation. Flights here are down 30%. County Clare, Ireland might not get the hype of Dublin, but it’s actually one of the most scenic coastlines in Europe, and flights there are 28% cheaper this month at $553. Other cheapie international destinations are below:
1. Munich, Germany - $794 (42%)
2. Rome, Italy -- $660 (41%)
3. Heraklion, Greece -- $1,645 (30%)
4. County Clare, Ireland -- $553 (28%)
5. Athens, Greece -- $838 (26%)
6. Toronto, Canada -- $440 (24%)
7. Bridgetown, Barbados -- $537 (24%)
8. Oslo, Norway -- $656 (23%)
9. Dubai, UAE -- $865 (22%)
10. Nassau, Bahamas -- $434 (22%)
Unlike rooting for real underdogs, your odds of scoring a cheap flight to one of these spots are pretty good, since Hopper predicts this stuff with about 90% accuracy. Not exactly a guarantee, but better odds than anyone gave George Washington. Download the Hopper app, put in your desired travel dates and destinations, and wait for the app to alert you when prices start dropping. Or put faith in your scrappy, underrated self and scour the internet for cheap flights on your own. UMBC pulled it off, so can you.
So honor the unexpected victories of our forefathers by traveling to an underrated city, and seeing why it might be even better than the big dogs. With flights this cheap, you don’t really have much to lose.