Image: Costa Maya, Mexico
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A port call in Costa Maya, Mexico, provides Carnival Cruise Lines guests an excellent opportunity to enjoy a Mexican beach. Sail away this holiday on a seven-night cruise, which takes you roundtrip from Miami to Costa Maya, Grand Cayman and Jamaica, for only $479 per person!
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updated 11/12/2007 3:39:40 PM ET 2007-11-12T20:39:40

Are you still considering getting away for the holidays? Or, as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's Eve quickly approach, are you itching for an opportunity to escape the stress that so often accompanies cooking an elaborate dinner for your in-laws or elbowing your way through feverish crowds at the local mall?

Enter IndependentTraveler.com! Our latest collection of super holiday deals will give you every reason to stuff the show shovel in the garage and pack your bags. While the most popular dates are selling out fast, there are still great deals to be found. We've listed some of our favorites below, but be sure to check out our other holiday deals.

U.S. holiday fares from $59 one way
The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year. Whether you're flying to surprise friends and family, shopping for gifts someplace new this season or planning a special holiday vacation (our favorite!), these fares from Northwest Airlines will get you there for less. Book a flight to select cities in the U.S. from $59 each way for travel between Nov. 7 and January 7, 2008, which gives you the perfect window of time to arrange your holiday trip. Book by Nov. 21.

Six-night Christmas in Tahiti package with air from $2,599
Deciding whether to spend Christmas on an island in Tahiti isn't a conundrum. Flip-flops or snow boots? Sandy beaches or icy streets? Tahitian sunsets or gray winter skies? We'll leave the final decision to you, but we recommend this fabulous six-night package from Air Tahiti Nui, which includes roundtrip airfare and accommodations on the island of Moorea. Receive a special Christmas Eve dinner, stay in a deluxe garden bungalow, and enjoy breakfast and dinner daily from just $2,599 per person. Book by Dec. 19.

Holiday spa package in Utah from $259 per night
In theory, the holidays are a warm, festive time for reuniting with family and friends and celebrating traditions. In practice, long shopping lists, frigid winter winds and frantic holiday travel can leave you exhausted. This year, say no to holiday stress by booking a luxurious vacation at Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah. From $259 per night, unwind in elegant accommodations as you await a 50-minute massage or facial, learn healthy cooking techniques, enjoy unlimited fitness classes and much more! Book by Dec. 1.

Seven-night Western Caribbean Thanksgiving cruise from $479
Last Thanksgiving you were scraping turkey remnants off cookware while your relatives headed home for the night. This year, you'll be relaxing on the deck of Carnival Victory as you watch the sun sink behind pink Caribbean waves, satisfied from a delicious Thanksgiving meal prepared by professional chefs. The best part? This seven-night cruise, which takes you roundtrip from Miami to Costa Maya, Grand Cayman and Jamaica, is only $479 per person! Book by Nov. 21.

Four-night London New Year's package with air from $589
Our New Year's resolution for 2008? Have some fun and see the world! With that in mind, we're recommending this fantastic four-night deal from Gate 1 Travel. Surround yourself with the history and excitement of cosmopolitan London this New Year's Eve. From $589 per person, the London New Year's Eve package offers roundtrip airfare, four nights' accommodations and breakfast daily.

With the London New Year's Eve package, you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of optional excursions that include a private tour of London Tower and a visit to Stonehenge. Start off 2008 with a memorable trip that you can happily look back on all year. Book by Dec. 15.

For more tips and ideas about holiday travel, or to share your own holiday travel experiences, visit our Holiday Travel Forum.

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