It's not too late to save while seeing the world's top athletes compete in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Utah: Sign up with Target Sports Adventures' Park City Ski & Games package to visit the Salt Lake City area between February 7 and 25, and you and three friends will get four nights in a two-bedroom condominium with a kitchen and a fireplace at the Prospector Complex in Park City (35 miles southeast of Salt Lake City); tickets to two Olympic skiing events; lift tickets for two days at Deer Valley, Park City, or The Canyons; and a rental car for $1,495 per persona savings of at least $500. For details, call Target Sports Adventures at 800-832-4242; www.skiparkcity2001-2002.com.
The Far East for Less
Now through February 28, save 15 percent when you book a trip to China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, or Cambodia with adventure outfitter Absolute Asia. Choose from 31 small-group tours (each with fewer than 15 travelers), from cycling along Vietnam's Gulf of Tonkin to exploring Cambodia's temples of Angkor. Or try the 11-day North Thailand Adventure ($1,003 per person) and trek through steamy rainforests in the Mae Taeg valley, ride elephants in the remote Chiang Rai region, and spend a day bicycling around Chiang Mai, the former royal capital. The price includes ten nights in standard hotels and some meals (but not international airfare). For more information, contact Absolute Asia at 800-736-8187; www.absoluteasia.com.
You can afford a Costa Rican winter getaway: Travel by March 31 and pay just $670 per person for round-trip airfare from Houston to San José ($735 from Atlanta), private transportation in Costa Rica, and seven days in Jacó, a surf town 87 miles southwest of San José. You'll stay in one of 20 air-conditioned rooms with kitchenettes at the Mar de Luz Hotel, across the street from the Pacific tubes of Playa de Jacó. Spend your days carving waves or exploring the rainforest of nearby Manuel Antonio National Park on foot, on horseback, or on a canopy tour; sip guaro with Café Rica (a clear alcohol distilled from sugarcane mixed with coffee liqueura local favorite) with American expats who frequent the seaside bars. Call Worldwide Adventures at 800-796-9110; www.worldwideadventures.com.