11/20/2012 07:15 am ET Updated Jan 20, 2013

An Early Christmas Present: 9 Last-Minute Deal Destinations (PHOTOS)

During a week of crowded airports and passive-aggressive battles over the airplane seat armrest, the last thing most Americans want to think about is another trip. Chances are, your Thanksgiving trip home is far from a vacation.

But for a savvy traveler, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas represent the best time of the year to travel -- both domestic and international -- as airlines, hotels and cruise lines scramble to attract customers in this dead period between the holidays. Many of the deals offer the best pricing we see all year.

With Thanksgiving coming as early as possible this year, there's even more of a window to get a last-minute deal on a spontaneous vacation.

Here are nine places to find a deal Nov. 22-Dec. 25:

Last-Minute Deal Destinations

Happy travels!

-- Andrew Young is Travelzoo's U.S. Web Editor and is based in New York. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.

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