While this holiday season is making heading over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house a tad unsettling, now is the time to snag travel deals that you can use when this pandemic bites the dust. According to the Travel Leaders Group, 70 percent of North Americans plan to take a vacation in 2021. Even just the excitement of planning a future trip can help relieve stress and lead to a boost in happiness, as Cornell University found in its 2014 study. Here are seven spectacular Black Friday travel deals to take advantage of now, so you can enjoy a happy (and healthy!) vacation later on in 2021.

Turkey, Mexico, Costa Rica and more with Intrepid Travel

20% Off ALL International Trips; 10% Off ALL Domestic

The world’s largest adventure travel company, Intrepid Travel offers more than 800 trips on all seven continents. As a certified B Corp that has been carbon neutral for more than a decade, Intrepid leads small group tours (average of 10 people) the local way, offering real-life experiences that give back to the destinations they visit. For peace of mind when booking, Intrepid’s new Flexible Bookings policy permits changes to travel plans 21 days before a scheduled departure, allowing for new travel dates or an entirely different trip with no change fees. Intrepid also developed new Safe Travels health protocols, developed in partnership with the WTTC in response to COVID-19. 

Sample itineraries include: 

The new Turkey Family Retreat offers families the chance to visit a turtle rehabilitation centre, relax in the clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean and take a traditional meze cooking class with locally foraged produce.

Visit Alaska’s Denali and Wrangell’s St. Elias National Parks, canoe Prince Willam’s Sound and explore Anchorage on this nine-day adventure.

On the Mexico Real Food Adventure, meander through Oaxaca’s aromatic markets, enjoy a taco crawl on the streets of Mexico City, and take a boating expedition and coastal cuisine masterclass on Huatulco’s beaches.

On Costa Rica: Raft, Surf & Kayak, cascade down Pacuare River’s rapids, take a surf lesson in the Caribbean waters near Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and paddle through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park.

Booking window: Nov. 24 – Dec. 1, 2020

Travel window: Jan. 1 – Dec. 15, 2021

How to book: Offer is automatically applied on each trip; visit IntrepidTravel.com 

Fine Print: This offer is valid on Intrepid Travel trips only; excludes Polar/Ocean Endeavour and all third-party operated trips 

Apple Vacations Black Fri-Yay (Save up to $500)

Save on vacations to Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the continental U.S. when booking through Apple Vacations. 

Booking Window: Nov. 25 – Dec. 3, 2020 

Travel Window:  Nov. 25, 2020 – Oct. 31, 2021

Save up to $175 off 2+ night bookings in the continental U.S.  

How To Book: Use promo code BLACKFRIYAY4 at applevacations.com

Fine Print: 3-night minimum stay required; valid for new air and hotel bookings to included destinations

Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Mystery Mexico Sale (Up to 80% Off)

This season Karisma Hotels & Resorts will launch their biggest deal of the year with nightly, all-inclusive rates starting at $99 per person per night for adults-only results, and $129 per person per night for family-friendly stays. Travelers can choose between luxury experiences, and Karisma will then share which of their 15 luxury properties they will stay in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and Riviera Cancun. Adults only properties include El Dorado Seaside Suites and the newly-opened Margaritaville Island Reserve for a family-friendly option.

Booking Window: Nov. 16 – Dec. 7, 2020

Travel Window: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021 

How To Book: karismahotels.com/specials/cyber-sale

The Meritage Collection (CA and HI) 

Stay Two Nights and Receive 21% Off + a $21 Donation

The Meritage Collection is a series of upscale West Coast properties with a uniquely laid-back approach including The Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort in Napa Valley (complete with working vineyard and underground spa cave), Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, Paséa Hotel & Spa on the world-famous Pacific Coast highway in Huntington Beach and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort on Po’ipu Beach in Kauai. The Collection blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally inspired enrichment programs designed for the curious traveler.

The Deal: Looking forward to 2021? Book a two night stay at any Meritage Collection property and receive 21% off your stay and a $21 daily food & beverage credit. In the spirit of the giving season, the Meritage Collection will also donate $21 per stay booked with this package to the First Responders Children’s Foundation to help give back to the families of first responders. 

Booking window: Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2020

Travel window: Nov. 27, 2020 – April 30, 2021

How to book: meritagecollection.com/specials/black-friday-offer

Fine Print: Cannot be combined with any other offer. Black out dates and restrictions may apply.

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia 

50% Off with $150 Spa Credit

The all-inclusive island escape is offering their newly renovated spa and luxury villas for up to $50 off in addition to a credit for spa experiences up to $150, with rates starting at $141. 

Booking Window: Nov. 23 – Dec. 4, 2020

Travel Window: Nov. 19, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2021

How To Book: Book here 

Fine Print: No blackout dates! As of Jun. 4, St. Lucia is open to U.S. travelers with some restrictions in place; more info can be found here.

La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio, TX 

Up to 50% off 

La Cantera Resort & Spa is a luxury resort located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, an ideal home away from home, offering an exclusive Black Friday Cyber Weekend sale for bookings this winter.

Exclusive offers include:

  • Instant suite upgrade at the time of booking
  • $25 daily resort credit
  • 50% off cabana rentals
  • Daily breakfast for two 

Booking Window: Black Friday 

Travel Window: Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2021

How to Book: Book here.

Fine Print: Some restrictions may apply. Daily resort charge and taxes not included. Not valid with any other offer or for groups. Offer is based upon availability and subject to end without notice. Exclusive of taxes, fees and parking. Cannot be combined with other offers. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

The James New York – NoMad 

Up to 50% Off Best Rates of Year

The quintessential New York hotel, located in one of the city’s most centrally located neighborhoods, NoMad, is launching their biggest savings of the year for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Booking Window: Nov. 23 – Dec. 7, 2020

Travel Window: Nov. 23, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2021

How To Book: Link

Fine Print: Blackout dates apply, based on availability. Cannot be combined with other offers

Sea Island 

Stay 2 Nights and Book the 3rd Night for $20

A Forbes Five-Star resort located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island is a true Southern paradise surrounded by five miles of private beach, picturesque salt marshes, and an array of engaging experiences ranging from golf and tennis to horseback riding on the beach and falconry. This iconic luxury resort rarely offers discounts, so get this deal while you can. 

The Deal: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lodge at Sea Island, book a three-night stay and the third night will be $20. This offer will also apply to The Cloister, who is joining in the celebration of little brother’s anniversary.*

Booking window: Nov. 27 – Nov. 30, 2020

Travel window: Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2021

How to book: Visit seaisland.com/specials-packages/black-friday-2020/ 

Fine Print: *Booked at the standard nightly rate at The Cloister or The Lodge. Minimum stay will vary depending on dates booked and blackout dates of December 26-31, 2020 apply. Excludes King Cottage. Fees and taxes are additional. Offer is subject to availability, applies to new reservations booked at the standard nightly rate and cannot be combined with other packages or offers. Does not apply to group bookings. Other conditions may apply.