* Skip the turkey and stuffing this Thanksgiving and instead feast on Prague -- and roast goose, sauerkraut and dumplings -- for about the same price as airfare alone would ordinarily cost. The $508 Gate 1 Travel deal includes: round-trip flight from Washington to the Czech capital (typical air starts at $500); three nights at the four-star Movenpick Hotel (nightly rates from $100), near the Mozart Museum and the historical center; and daily buffet breakfast (no turkey leftovers!). About $110 in taxes extra. Depart Nov. 27 and book two weeks in advance. Stuck having dinner with the in-laws? Then spend only about $20 more and travel Nov. 28-Dec. 14 or Dec. 25-March 31. 800-682-3333, www.gate1travel.com.

* While prices spike over the holidays in most regions, in Hong Kong they drop faster than the Times Square ball -- which means Gala Tours' five-nighter costs just over a grand, or about $50 a day once airfare is subtracted. The $1,019 deal includes: round-trip air from D.C. to Taipei (usual fares start around $800); double accommodations at the Newton Hotel (rooms ordinarily from $75), plus breakfast; two full-day tours of the island and Shenzhen, plus lunch; free museum passes; and cultural programs, like tai chi lessons and a tea ceremony. Travel by Dec. 7 or Dec. 24-31; about $50 in taxes extra. If you can get to Los Angeles or San Francisco on your own, pay only $699 per person. 888-666-1888, www.galatour.com.

-- Andrea Sachs