If you have the time off, the holiday season is the perfect opportunity to get your travel fix. Maybe you have home-cooked meals and carolling on the brain, or perhaps you'd rather spend your vacation time exploring an unfamiliar city. Be it mountain retreats, seaside escapes, or merely sleeping in your childhood bed, 'tis a magical time of year to get away for some R&R. But the flip side? Travel costs soar (as do the crowds), making your dream getaway seem more fantasy than reality.